Non-Violent Protesters Assaulted While Being Cut from their Blockade by Loggers Sub Contracted by Seneca Jones Timber.

Mckenzie Bridge, OR– Just after dawn on Wednesday (10/25) morning, Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD), who were occupying and supporting a road blockade preventing access to the Goose timber sale, were woken to the sounds of loggers disassembling their blockade. A line was cut, risking the life of a protester in the trees and the 2 vehicles which were anchoring a platform in a tree with a person on it, were towed away by workers’ trucks. One man physically assaulted two protesters; once with an open-handed swat to the face, and once by grabbing a different protester by the neck and throwing him to the ground. No law enforcement was present.

Four men were present during the dangerous forced disassembly of the blockade and the two assaults. They are thought to be subcontracted by the company Seneca Jones to cut the Goose timber sale, which has been the focal point of a forest defense campaign and tree sit since May. The loggers who did this have so far been identified as follows: Joe Johnson, resident of Evergreen CO drove a white and green truck with California plates (CA 09130D2) to tow the anchor vehicles out of the road. An older man- possibly Sonny Weddle of Kamiah, ID, driving a truck with Idaho plates (3L 13905) assaulted two protesters during the attack on the blockade while two other unnamed workers (one thought to be the owner of the CA truck) looked on.

“This is a very disturbing turn of events, and something that we have not seen before from workers during a non-violent protest on public land,” says Matthew Hawks, a Cascadia Forest Defender for the past decade. “Usually workers will allow law enforcement to do their jobs and extract protesters safely, instead of taking matters into their own hands and extracting them with no regard for their civil rights, civil liberties or safety.” The majority of the incident was videotaped by Cascadia Forest Defenders, footage in which you can clearly see that the workers were told, multiple times, that cutting lines and dismantling the anchor could risk the life of the person in the tree. In the video they acknowledge that they know this fact, and continue to do so anyway.

This incident comes right on the tails of a different assault on a different protester, which happened Monday on an abandoned logging road below the blockade. It involved someone brandishing a gun and threats to the protester’s life. “We have to speak out about these attacks. They are happening in the woods, with few or no witnesses, away from the presence of law enforcement. We want to see some accountability,” says Eric, another member of CFD. He goes onto say, “As an organization we are saddened that this violence has come from workers. We never meant to protest loggers themselves, instead take issue with timber companies such as Seneca Jones profiting off the cut of old growth trees on public land. We want people to know that we support workers going to their jobs and providing for their families. We know it is not them behind this type of environmental destruction.”

Members of CFD and their supporters can’t help but draw parallels to Charlottesville and the increase of bullying and violence towards protesters under the Trump administration. “We stand behind our First Amendment rights, and will continue to non-violently speak out for what we believe is right,” says another member of CFD.

The non-violent protesters sustained minor injuries, they are filing police reports and pressing charges today. Reports will be made to OSHA and the requisite insurance companies.

Blockade Stops Logging – HELP NEEDED ASAP

Back to the forest… where we are going, we don’t need roads…signal-2017-10-23-105645

McKENZIE BRIDGE, OR – On October 23, Cascadia Forest Defenders [CFD] erected a road blockade at the entrance to the “W” Timber Sale to protest the current logging on National Forest Land. Already clashes have resulted in one protester sustaining minor injuries.

The protesters aim to end Seneca Jones Timber Company plan to destroy thousands of acres in the McKenzie River watershed. The road blockade consists of large slash piles, multiple cars, and a refrigerator – all serving as an anchor for a human-occupied platform suspended 80 feet up a Douglas fir tree.

“We’re protecting drinking water, biodiversity, a stable climate, and – ultimately – our own survival,” said Scrimshaw Forest, of Cascadia Forest Defenders. “We oppose resource extraction and deforestation.”

The sale is part of the 2000+ acre Goose Project in the Willamette National Forest just a few miles from McKenzie Bridge. Logging began on October 16. CFD has been protesting

CFD states that this blockade isn’t about stripping Oregonians of jobs but stopping the destruction of one of the last intact roadless areas. The group hopes the companies the loggers work for are paying their employees for a full days work and the loggers can take the day off to go enjoy life away from the chainsaws.

Folks are needed ASAP at the blockade to help out the folks there. There is currently many Law Enforcement Officers present. If they leave, those there might be vulnerable to other attacks from violent yahoos. For directions call the phone number below.

Contact Cascadia Forest Defenders

phone: 541-554-2519

Oct. 7th – End of Summer, End of Civ: The Hoedown to End it All

End of Summer, End of Civ: The Hoedown to End it All
Saturday, October 7th
$5 off entry with donation of a pumpkin, which you can carve & keep, but we want the guts
The event will feature music from Sacred Trees, The Dirty Alder Street Dandelions, and more. There will be beer and cocktails. Plus pumpkin carving, bonfire, and Pumpkin Gut Wrestling, and Slippery Square Dancing.

Activists Sit in the Way of McKenzie Watershed Logging

IMG_2516McKENZIE BRIDGE, OR – Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) has initiated a tree sit on the Goose Timber Sale area surrounding McKenzie Bridge, Oregon to call attention to thousands of acres of public lands logging planned for the McKenzie River drainage and tens of thousands of acres of logging planned across the state. Over 18 million acres of Oregon’s forestlands is federally managed by the US. Forests Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The Goose timber Sale Project is a 2,000 acre logging project that includes logging of nearly 1,000 acres inside an un-inventoried road-less area that adjoins the Andrews Experimental Forest to the north. CFD is embarking on this campaign to end the harvests of multiple Willamette National Forest and Eugene BLM timber sales in the McKenzie River watershed.

“It is long past due for state and federal agencies to declare a climate emergency and implement a moratorium of logging on all public lands across Oregon and the nation,” stated Shannon Wilson, a Cascadia Forest Defender since 1995.

In the report “The Great American Stand: U.S. Forests and the Climate Emergency”, released by the Dogwood Alliance in March 2017, it states the EPA estimates that “carbon emissions from logging from 2006 to 2010 was equal to 584 million metric tons of CO2, an amount greater than fossil fuel emissions from the residential and commercial sectors combined.”

“Protecting people’s drinking water and preserving public lands as carbon and biological reserves is about human survival and my community’s survival,” said Mathew Hawks, one of the activists in opposition to the Goose Timber Sale.

In 2012 CFD initiated a tree-sit that resulted in a lawsuit that temporarily stopped the sale until the Willamette National Forest completed an Environmental Impact Statement in 2016. However, the Forest Service increased the acres to be logged.

The McKenzie River is the sole drinking water source for the city of Eugene, Oregon according to the McKenzie Watershed Council. “We aim to draw attention to the sort of public lands logging that threatens endangered species with extinction, Eugene’s water supply, and the entire climate.” Stated native Oregonian Mary Grace Hickok.

IMG_2542A view from Hwy 126 of the road-less area in the background.

CFD says this tree sit is done as an act of solidarity with EO Wilson’s “Half-Earth” campaign to protect 50% of the Earth’s biosphere to preserve biodiversity. A Harvard professor for over 50 years, Pulitzer Prize winning author of 25 books, and the world’s most prominent biodiversity scientist, Wilson calls for “Half of the Earth” to be protected as wildlife reserves to save 90% of the remaining species on the planet.

“Protecting half of Oregon and all the nation’s public lands as carbon and biological reserves is the only viable avenue to address the climate emergency and extinction crisis,” stated Wilson. “We will continue to defend the forests until our society shifts their management of public resources to a more sustainable solution.”

If you want to be involved or be part of the tree sit please contact us.

To see the areas  in Eugene’s watershed that could be impacted by logging, click on the link below:

McKenzie Map Project

BLM Auction Disrupted


The first timber sales designed under the new Revised Management Plan (RMP) were offered at auction today at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Springfield. Though these were not particularly egregious cuts, Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) did not let their passing go unmarked. CFD has been tracking the RMP though its development with members making public comments particularly against the destruction of the aquatic conservation strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan and the abandonment of efforts to survey and manage key species such as the red tree vole, a staple food of the Northern Spotted Owl. Despite massive input against increasing logging in western Oregon during the planning phase, the BLM announced it would enact the RMP increasing logging by 37% on our public land last August. 20 environmental groups immediately filed protest but the BLM is moving forward anyway. A handful of diligent activists held banners and conversations outside the BLM as employees filed into work and bidders from timber companies went in to the auction. Todays demonstration was small and amicable, just enough to let Big Timber and BLM know that we are paying attention. Future sales that implement the more destructive methods outlined in the RMP will be met with resistance.

State Land Board Meeting -Feb. 14th

The State Land Board can either stop the sale of the Elliott or sell it this Tuesday!


The Department of State Lands (DSL) released the agenda for the State Land Board meeting on February 14th in Salem. In it the DSL has requested to proceed with the direct sale of the Elliott State Forest.

The Department will initiate negotiations in good faith with the plan proposers towards a binding Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA), and an eventual transfer of ownership of the Elliott Property to the Elliott Forest LLC, unless and to the extent the Board directs the Department otherwise.”

In other words, unless the State Land Board tells the Department of State Lands to not sell the Elliott, it will be officially sold.

The newly elected State Land Board members need to hear from us before they make a decision on Tuesday. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read are the new members, and this will be their first State Land Board meeting.

What the State Land Board needs to know from us:

  • The Elliott needs to remain in public ownership.
  • The DSL is disregarding the Land Board decision in December to look into other options.
  • We still have time to create a new plan for the future of the forest.
  • The common school fund needs to be decoupled from the revenue of the Elliott, but not at the cost of loosing our public lands.


Who to call and write to:


Next Steps

Please join us at the State Land Board Meeting on Tuesday!  Wear green to show your support for the Elliott. The meeting is from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Oregon Department of State Lands Land Board Room 775, Summer St NE, Salem.

This could turn into the State Land Board meeting where the Elliott is finally sold. Please have conversations with your friends and other organizers to make sure that the Elliott is not sold quietly. Basically the shit should hit the fan if this happens! Who wants to bring the bag of shit?!?

Please get creative in the ways we as a community are reacting to this proposal. Don’t let the Land Board think that they can get away with doing nothing. Because if they do nothing, the Elliott will be sold.