Oregon Forest Defenders Occupying Senator Wyden's Office
Wyden Sells-Out Oregon's Public Forests to Timber Industry
Tuesday, August 17th, 10:30 am: Over 40 forest defenders from across
are currently occupying Senator Wyden's office at 700 NE Multnomah St. With
drumming, banners, and songs, the forest defenders delivered piles of
to the Senator's office demanding Wyden stop selling Oregon's public
the timber industry. The protestors presented a slide show of threatened
to educate the Senator and his aides about the on-the-ground destruction
by their pro-logging policies.
"We need to shift management of Oregon's forests away from the
timber sale program towards genuine non-commercial restoration. Yet,
Biscuit logging project to the so-called Healthy Forest Restoration Act,
Wyden aggressively promotes increased commercial logging in our National
said Kristen Michelson, one of the protestors.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org),
Wyden is the fifth highest recipient of logging industry political
of all members of Congress. Senator Wyden receives more timber industry
than over 98% of all Republican congressional members, and all but one
congressional member. Wyden is the third highest recipient of timber
donations in the Senate.
"Wyden profits from timber industry contributions while the timber
profits from Wyden's attacks on Oregon's public forests," said
"Even Senator Wyden's highly touted Lewis and Clark Mt. Hood
Act includes provisions that increase commercial logging on Mt. Hood
Wyden's Lewis and Clark Mt. Hood Wilderness Act mandates a quota for
on the westside of Mt. Hood National Forest while opening up the east
Mt. Hood for logging in the name of forest health and fire prevention.
the Bush Administration's so-called Healthy Forest Restoration Act, the
allows logging in Mt. Hood's eastside back country, which has been
increase the risk of catastrophic fire.
Senator Wyden has firmly stated his support for logging in Late
Reserves in the Biscuit Fire Area. He pushed to have the Biscuit Salvage
Project divided into three sections to speed up the logging of the
In 2003, Wyden's initial "healthy forests" bill, co-sponsored
Senator Feinstein (D-CA), included a salvage logging "pilot
carved out of forests affected by the Biscuit fire. It was the only
forests" bill bandied about that year that included anything about
Senator Wyden was the most influential senator in the passage of the
controversial Healthy Forest Restoration Act. In 2002, Senator Wyden
legislation that would have reduced environmental protections and increased
logging across National Forests in eastern Oregon and Idaho.
Protestors presented Senator Wyden with the following list of demands:
1. We demand that Senator Wyden work to end the commercial timber sale
on all US public lands, as suggested by the National Forest Protection
Act (see www.forestadvocate.org).
2. We demand that Senator Wyden work to stop all commercial logging in
Fire area, including in Matrix lands.
3. We demand that Senator Wyden work to immediately halt all commercial
sales in Oregon specifically including: Solo (Mt. Hood National Forest),
Devil (Willamette National Forest), Kelsey Whiskey (Medford BLM), East Fork
Coquille (Coos Bay BLM) and Metolius (Deschutes National Forest).
4. We demand that Senator Wyden stop using wilderness proposals as a
increase commercial logging on our public lands. Specifically, we demand
Senator Wyden work against any legislation or rider that allows
in the Biscuit Fire Area in return for increased wilderness areas. We
that Senator Wyden remove Section 8, which promotes commercial logging,
the Lewis and Clark Mt. Hood Wilderness Act of 2004.
Protestor Locked to 250 pound Stump outside Umpqua Bank's Flagship
Forest Defenders Continue to Expose Oregon's Forest Destroyers
Following yesterday's surprise occupation of Senator Wyden's office by
40 Oregon forest defenders, protestors turned their sights on Umpqua
protestor is currently locked to a 250 pound stump outside of Umpqua Bank's
flagship store in Portland's Pearl District (1139 NW Lovejoy Street), while
20 Oregonians use banners, songs, and flyers to protest the bank's ties
destruction of Oregon's public lands.
"Both Umpqua Bank and Senator Wyden greenwash their images while
commercial logging in Oregon's National Forests," said protestor
Michelson. "We're exposing Senator Wyden and Umpqua Bank as two of the
biggest threats to Oregon's public lands."
Umpqua Bank is tightly connected to the destruction of Oregon's ancient
Over the last four years activists have increasingly targeted Umpqua
protests as a means to force Oregon old growth logging companies
Products and Herbert Lumber to respect the public's desires to protect
"Umpqua Bank markets itself as the hip new alternative bank, while in
reality Umpqua is closely linked to the dinosaurs of Oregon's old growth
industry," said Michelson. "Oregon's forest destroyers profit
our business at Umpqua Bank, while our drinking water, forests, and
pay the price."
The president of Umpqua Bank's board of directors is Allyn Ford, sole
of Roseburg Forest Products. Roseburg Forest Products owns the contracts to
some of the most controversial mature and old growth timber sales on public
lands in Oregon, such as East Devil and Pryor in the Willamette National
The Herbert family was among the founders of Umpqua Bank in 1953. Lynn
the general manager/owner of Herbert Lumber is currently on the Board of
of Umpqua Bank. Lynn and Milton Herbert (owners of Herbert Lumber) are
Holding Co.'s largest shareholders, owning 1.5 million shares or 20% of the
A local example of Herbert Lumber's destructive logging practices is
Bear II Timber Sale, an old growth stand of prime spotted owl habitat,
in the Mt. Hood National Forest near Breitenbush Hotsprings. The Mt.
Forest provides drinking water to over 40% of all Oregonians.
Protestors demand that either Herbert Lumber and Roseburg Forest
stop commercially logging on Oregon's public lands, or that Umpqua Bank
both Allyn Ford and Lynn Herbert from its board of directors. Protestors
consumers to boycott Umpqua Bank until those demands are met.
In July 2002, over 100 Earth First!ers took over Umpqua Holding Co. in
Portland for over two hours demanding cancellation of controversial
held by Umpqua President of the Board Allyn Ford's Roseburg Forest
This action followed the 2002 National Earth First! gathering held in
Pinchot National Forest. With the past two days of forest actions, local
are gearing up for the 2005 National Earth First! Gathering to be held
Hood National Forest.