Cousins, Cascadians, un-met friends,
This summer is the 20th anniversary of the historic struggle to protect the Cornpatch Roadless Area, otherwise known as Warner Creek, from a disastrous fire-salvage logging project. After years of community organizing, and legal challenges to stop the proposed timber sale were denied, in 1995 people joined together and blockaded the road for 11 months, through heat, rain and 8 feet of snow, until the sale was dropped. This campaign lead to the formation of the Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) who are still on the frontlines of forest defense today.
The campaign to protect Warner Creek goes down in history as one of the most successful campaigns in the global forest protection movement, yet we are still struggling to get permanent protection for the area. Join us August 14-16 for a weekend of events to learn about the place and the campaign, both past and present, and to celebrate the anniversary of
this important victory. Join us for one evening or for the whole weekend! You do not need to have been at the blockade to join this celebration or the current fight for permanent wilderness protection.
All supporters and allies are welcome, new and old!
Calendar of Events:
Friday, August 14 at 6 pm
We start off with Movie Night at the Boreal, an all-ages book & records store/infoshop at 450 W. 3rd, showing ‘Born in Fire,’ a short film drawn from the pre-blockade fight for Warner Creek, and ‘Pickaxe: Director’s Cut,’ a feature-length documentary from the direct-action side of the campaign.You’ll hear words from the director and some of the cast, who will be introducing the films. Black tie optional. Show starts at 6.
Friday, August 14 at 9 pm
At 9, we migrate less than a block away to Old Nick’s (211 Washington) for Peter Wilde, who would serenade us back in the day when we were locked down, and the CFD’s own Dirty Dandelions! Great food and malted beverages available. $5-$10 sliding-scale benefit for CFD.
Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16
We head to the woods! Come out and reconnect with the wilds of Warner Creek or come for the first time and fall in love. On both days there will be guided and self-guided hikes through and around the Warner burn and the Cornpatch Roadless Area. Saturday night we’re having a potluck (we’re cooking a load of pasta and you all bring sides, salads, unspoiled roadkill, toppings, whatever). This will be followed by entertainment and a celebration of St. Francis of Eatherington (long-time forest activist who is being released back into the wild). On Sunday morning we’ll have a discussion on the lessons and legacy of CFD and the historic campaign around some coffee, stale bagels (a staple of the Warner camp!), and whatever everyone else brings up. The berries will be abundant!
We will be bringing barrels of water, but bring some anyway. Bring enough food for yourself and some to share. A plate, bowl, cup, and utensils in some combination is a very good idea. Bring sunscreen, jackets, bug spray if you want, comfy boots, camping stuff, shiny, funky clothes for Saturday night. Musical implements, even a drums, are welcome! Don’t forget your headlamp and favorite beverage. Remember, marijuana is not legal in 53% of Oregon (federal land), and we’ll be in the middle of that part, so it’ll be just like old times. BRING FULL WATER JUGS.
PARKING IS LIMITED AT THE SITE, SO PEOPLE NEED TO CARPOOL. Carpools leave Growers Market on Saturday at 9:30am and Sequential on I-5 at 10am.
FOR MORE INFORMATION and RIDE-SHARE COORDINATION, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to the Warner Creek/Cascadia Forest Defenders 20th Birthday Party and Francisfest, August 15 & 16
First the good news – FS 2408, the road up to the blockade site, suffered a fantastic failure a few years ago and is blocked about a mile up. Yahoo!
The bad news is that because 2408 is blown out, you gotta go around the other way. First off, get to Oakridge. Get on Hwy. 58 off I-5 just south of Eugene and drive east about 35 miles to Oakridge (last stop for food at Ray’s market and the brewpub) and then keep going to mile post 43. Turn left onto Kwis Kwis Butte Road (FS 5871). Keep on the main road until you’ve hit the 2408 road, then turn right. Go about 5 miles to the blockade site. Whoo-hoo! Continue about another mile and turn right on FS 286. Drive up, park and set up camp someplace, near the trailhead or across the meadow. You have arrived at the trail to Little Bunchgrass Meadow and the heart of the Warner wilderness. More whoo-hooing!
(These roads have been driven in a newer, lower sort of Subaru, no problem. Really low-clearance cars should be cautious. Pink survey flagging or signs will be hung at the intersections.