Thursday, December 07, 2006

About Forest Defense

Sometimes we have action camps, where people learn about what the timber companies are doing in the forest and we have trainings in backwoods techniques, non-violence, climbing, and media. Some activists come from far places because they have heard that ancient trees are still falling, and endangered species habitat is being destroyed. Some forest defenders are local residents who are fed up with unsustainable logging practices. Some are traveling through and decide to get involved after hearing about us. Once activists are trained, they form into affinity groups that plan actions. There are town actions, backwoods actions, and gate actions. Some backwoods actions are tree-sitting, road-blockading, and free-stating. Tree-sitting invoves setting a climbing rope and some place to sleep, such as aplywood platform, cargo net, or dream-catcher made of parachute cord.

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