Forest Rescue: Southern Oregon 2004

Feature story - June 28, 2004
For the month of June 2004, Greenpeace, local activists, ecologists, and volunteers from around the world were gathered at our first Forest Rescue Station in the United States. The Rescue Station highlighted the proposed Kelsey-Whisky timber sale, which threatens over 46,000 acres of roadless area. Hundreds of visitors and volunteers joined us to take nature hikes and participate in workshops on forest defense.

Klamath-Siskiyous, OR. Tree-sit platform in the Kelsey Whiskey Timber sale area. This platform is also surrounded by 46,000 acres of roadless area, the largest area of forest managed by the Bureau of Land Management, better known as the Bureau of Logging and Mining. (06/01/04)

Read comments and participate in discussions on our Forest Rescue Station weblog: "In the Forest."

Taking Action: "Ancient Forest Destruction Stops Here" Read personal accounts from activists who took action against commercial logging our our public lands by visiting: "Stop the Sales."

Here are some comments posted on our weblog from people who joined us at the Forest Rescue Station:

"Our vacation along the Illinois River was horribly disturbed by the logging there. Much of it was disturbing but the most extreme was the trees cut from the few remaining green areas. They even took these trees next to private property with a cabin on the river where the owner tried to stop them. A forest service worker said they were "marketable" trees that were "dying." There were over 120 cars full of people having fun in the river in this area and the logging of this area is crazy.

Seeing this caused us to spontaneously decide to visit the forest rescue station. This is where we met you and I would like to thank you again for all your efforts to speak out for forest protection. This put the actions of Greenpeace in a very positive light for us."

"I spent most of the day yesterday up at the forest rescue station in Southern Oregon. The forests threatened by these insane timber sales are so beautiful and so incredible it was difficult to leave.

The people working in the camp and with Greenpeace were wonderfully generous and inviting to my family and I. I would encourage everyone to head up to the camp and spend a day (or more) in the woods. Our time spent was educational and inspiring and I offer my sincerest thanks to everyone we encountered. We will definitely be visiting and spending time with you again. Take care!"