Cascadia Forest Defenders Apologizes to Seneca Jones

East Hakki Parcel
We sent out this press release this morning in response to comments made by Kathy Jones of Seneca Jones timber company. To see links to her statements, follow links at the bottom of this post.


Cascadia Forest Defenders, an organization composed of dozens of community volunteers, would like to express our apologies for causing the owners of Seneca Jones timber company, who are some of the richest and most powerful people in Lane County, to feel so bullied. In this day and age, when many of us are separated from the 1% by dramatic differences in the way we experience daily life, it can be hard for us to remember just how threatened the rich and elite can feel when challenged by those so far below them. We recognize now that a company like Seneca Jones, a company that admittedly can afford to spend millions of dollars out of spite by bidding on a land sale in the Elliott Forest because they "refuse to be bullied " must find it terrifying to have a group of community organizers suggest that people and planet should come before profit and property lines.

Message to Timber Companies Who Bid on the Elliott

Buy The Elliott State Forest - EXPECT RESISTANCE

To Big Timber,

March 28th is the day that Northwest Realty Auction Company will close its sealed bid auction for almost 3,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest. This auction will permanently transfer parts of the forest from the Oregon Department of Forestry to the private timber company that bids the highest, thus 'privatizing the Elliott'. Many people and groups have voiced strong protest to this land sale. Conservation groups have threatened to sue any timber company that purchases these lands. Cascadia Forest Defenders will blockade and prevent the extraction of timber in these parcels. The Elliott is a forest, not private property, and it will remain so.

CFD's Guide to PIELC

Cascadia Forest Defender’s Guide to PIELC
How activists can get the most out of a conference organized by lawyers

Direct Action: Meeting the Multiple Threats to Our Public Lands (Organizer: Mary Grace Brogdon) (EMU Walnut)
For 20 years, Cascadia Forest Defenders have faced the threats to our natural forest ecosystems head on. From the Warner Creek Blockade to the White Castle Tree Sit, CFD has held the line against big timber and their government lap dogs. CFD has put together a multi-media presentation and panel telling the story of our threatened public forests includ- ing the O&C Lands and the Elliott State Forest, how our public officials swayed by archaic legislation and economic forces came to be tools of industry, how bad science has been used to generate and justify worse forest policy, and what we, the citizens of Cascadia and this Green Living Earth can do about it. Come get activated by your favorite activists! Show up now, while supplies last!
Panelists: Erin Grady, Organizer, Cascadia Forest Defenders; Shannon Wilson, Activist, Organizer, EcoAdvocates; Mary Grace Brogdon, Organizer, Cascadia Forest Defenders; Maria Farinacci, Activist, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project

In the Midst of Victory, Chainsaws are Running Again in the Elliott

Looking out over the clearcut from the yarding platform
While celebrating the victory of the 28 timber sales dropped in state forests in the Coast Range, we also want to acknowledge that the fight for the Elliott is far from over.

Cascadia Forest Defenders have been visiting the most recent clearcut in the Elliott, Salander Between.  40 acres and very close to Loon Lake and the lake cabins on its edge, this sale is beautiful and contains pockets of native forest and old growth.  This is especially significant, because this is the first sale to be cut in the Elliott since Spring 2012.

While most of the 2012 and 2013 old growth sales in the Elliott were suspended and finally cancelled by the lawsuit brought by Cascadia Wildlands and other conservation groups, Salander Between was somehow allowed to squeak through and be sold.  It was bought by Roseburg Forest Products and cut this winter.  They are currently yarding the two units they cut in January.

CFD toasts to the sales that were saved through years of hard work from many different people and organizations. As the lawsuit is freshly over, we are not sure yet what the new management of the Elliott will look like. We hope for improved management practices and better protections for the marbled murrelet.  But we also acknowledge that better protections for endangered birds isn't enough. We know this forest is about more than just one bird, and this fight is about more than just endangered species'. We will continue to push for the end of horrific clearcutting of native forest, the end of outdated economic policies that pit schools and forests against each other, and the safety and sanctity of the threatened ecosystems of the Elliott State Forest.

There is still much work to be done.
Salander Between