At 10:00am this morning we got word from our monitors in the woods that clearcutting of old-growth Douglas Fir has resumed in THP 475 in the Mattole. After 161 days of a logging shutdown by hundreds of dedicated activists, community members and waves of blockades, the chainsaws and falling of ancient trees are being heard again. The last five weeks have seen 19 arrest. Maxxam had finished their wildlife surveys in THP 475 and 031 but we were unclear when they could specifically begin operations. Some activist were misled by California Fish and Game into thinking that agency was going to take a few more days to review the companies Goshawk surveys -apparently not- We are moblizing community members for action. If in Humboldt please meet at the Arcata Co-op kiosk at 3:00am, Thursday morning.
Please come join us two weekends from now in Humboldt County for the Mattole Action Camp. We need to train a new round of activist to defend the old-growth doug fir of the Mattole. Trainings and skill sharing will include Non-Violence, Backwoods, Legal, Climbing, THP Monitoring, Blockading and more. Please bring camping gear, warm clothing, hiking apparel, musical instruments, food and monetary donations for the kitchen. Please No Dogs, Drugs, Alcohol or Bad attitudes. Camp will open late Friday afternoon on the 18th and close the 24th, in time to head to the Sierras for the California EF! Rendevous. Call (707)-825-6598 to RSVP. More info on the action camp as plans unfold.
Earth First! will hold a mass public legal rally for the Mattole to bring as many people to the public side of Monument gate. The purpose of the rally will be to stand up against the SLAPP lawsuit filed against the Mattole defenders and to stand up for the forest.
Acting in Concert -- Rally for the Mattole
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