Seneca Jones Biomass Plant Protestors Sentenced


 Three Earth First! activists, arrested in July for locking down at the Seneca Jones biomass power plant, went to court today. Thanks to Lauren Regan and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, their initial charges -- which included a felony -- were reduced to a single misdemeanor.

 "We did this to let the timber industry know that they can't get away with being a bad neighbor," said protestor Richard Hayley. "This plant pollutes our air every day, and because of Seneca Jones ancient forest on public land may be destroyed forever." The activists shut down the biomass cogeneration plant in protest of Seneca Jones' recent purchase of the East Hakki timber sale, a parcel of Marbled Murrelet habitat in the Elliott State Forest.

 Activists now face restitution payments and hundreds of dollars in court fees. To support them, please donate to the Civil Liberties Defense Center. 

So You Want to Be a Forest Defender: Potluck with CFD

Ever wanted to do more to protect Oregon forests but not known how? Ever wondered what the deal is with direct action? Or maybe even wanted to get involved in CFD? Now is your moment!

Cascadia Forest Defenders is hosting a potluck and you're invited! Share a meal with local activists and learn about how you can join the fight to save the Elliott State Forest and plug into other campaigns.

Folks of all types are welcome! 

WHEN: September 2nd at 5:30pm
WHERE: Charnel-Mulligan Park (17th and Charnelton)
BRING: all your friends!

Email  us at for more information! 

BREAKING: Activists Shut Down Seneca Biomass Plant in Eugene, OR

UPDATE: Three earth defenders have been taken into custody for this morning's action at the Seneca Biomass burner in Eugene, Oregon. We will need funds to assist with bail and legal defense. Click here for donation page.

Scores of activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.

Currently several people have locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator. A banner has been dropped off of a tower reading: “Seneca Jones: Privatizing the coast range, polluting West Eugene.”
The activists are bringing attention to Seneca Jones Timber’s role in privatizing the Elliott State Forest. This month Seneca closed on their purchase of 788 acres in the Elliott, called East Hakki Ridge. Co-owner of Seneca Kathy Jones recently expressed the company’s intention to clearcut East Hakki and replace it with Douglas fir plantation.


In the early hours of the morning on May 14, 2014, members of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a billboard on I5, to drop a banner protesting raw log export in Oregon. The billboard, formerly carrying a message promoting the Best Western hotel chain, now reads: “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.”

Due to the economic recession in 2008 and the subsequent crash of the housing market, the demand for lumber in the US plummeted. Timber companies saw a rising demand for logs coming from China and started increasing the amount of raw log exports dramatically. From 2009 to 2013, raw log export from Oregon and Washington more than quadrupled, going from 1,000,000 cubic meters in 2009 to 6,000,000 cubic meters in 2013. Exporting raw logs instead of lumber means that those logs never pass through US sawmills. Instead they are sent to China to be milled there.