Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Oregon - Nearly two dozen forest defenders have been arrested trying prevent loggers from razing 19,500 acres of old growth forest The area slatted to be cut down includes 8,173 acres (12.77 sq. miles) of the Pacific Northwest's largest untouched, roadless area and 6,303 acres (9.85 miles) of "protected" old-growth reserves. Some of the area was damaged by a fire in 2002, which has provided lumber interests with an excuse to clear the forest in order to help it recover.