Saturday, September 17, 2005

Willamette National Forest, Oregon - Environmental activists, from the group Guardians of the McKenzie Watershed, have come under fire in the past week. On multiple occasions groups of loggers have fired on tree sitters while shouting abuse, in the Sten timber sale. Last Saturday a hostile logging supporter used a high-powered compound bow to shoot a number of tri-tipped hunting arrows, one of which struck a forest defender in the hand. On September 14, US Forest Service Law Enforcement and Lane Co. Sheriffs evicted two of three tree-sits. More recently loggers accompanied by police felled trees in the vicinity of the re-occupied tree platform and arrested a videographer and one observer.