Friday, September 28, 2007

Lumberjack reports on tree-sitting

It's nice to see that The Lumberjack at HSU has started a series of articles on tree-sitting inTimes-Standard seem determined to ignore tree-sitting. The Lumberjack article can be found at Humboldt. I have noticed that there has been very little newspaper coverage of tree-sitting over the years, even though people all over the world are interested in it. The North Coast Journal has done some articles, but most of the mainstream media like the /

Monday, September 24, 2007

More Evidence on "Marin Dan"

Someone suggested to me that I did not provide as much evidence as I should have. Here is some more, and if anyone has any doubt then let me know and I will post more. Click on photos to enlarge. I see that my blog is getting hits from the Pacific Lumber ISP address in Scotia very early this morning.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

PL cyber-spy urges activists to go after SPI

In recent comments on forest defense blog posts, a "Marin Dan" has suggested that forest defenders should leave Pacific Lumber alone and protest against Sierra Pacific instead. He says he doesn't work for PL, but all of the evidence says he does. He claims to be a retired teacher living in Marin County, but his posts demonstrate an intimate knowledge of PL timber plans in Humboldt County. His post times coincide with hits from a PL ISP in Scotia. There are no doubt some good reasons to protest against SPI, but his suggestion that SPI would be tougher on trespassers sounds crazy to me. His comments can be found on this blog, Save Ancient Forests, and Humboldt Forest Defense Association.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ninth Aniversary of David Chain's Death

Nine years ago today, David Nathan Chain, whose forest name was Gypsy, was killed when a PALCO logger felled a tree on top of him. I had just come to Humboldt County and was involved with the forest actions in the Grizzly Creek area where Gypsy was killed. I had been arrested the day before in the same logging plan. Despite evidence that the logger A. E. Ammons had threatened the protesters shortly before he cut the tree, no charges were ever filed.

Friday, September 14, 2007

David Chain Memorial Vandalized

While I was at Grizzly Creek State Park for our action camp, I visited the David "Gypsy" Chain memorial and saw how it has been defaced and vandalized. Shame on the ignorant, mean-spirited person or persons responsible. It is not enough for them that David Chain was killed by a logger, so they do this to his memorial plaque. A hole has been drilled into Gypsy's forehead and it has been defaced with red paint. Pacific Lumber Company should replace or repair the memorial. Please contact them about this matter.
PALCO Main Office
P.O. Box 37
Scotia, CA 95565
(707) 764-2222

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Action Camp

Action camp went very well. Quite a few people learned how to climb a tree using a rope. People with the Midnight Special Law Collective came up from the Bay Area to give legal and non-violent direct action trainings, that were very popular.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Climber Eric at Spooner - Base Camp at Grizzly Creek State Park

About 15 friends and supporters of the Nanning Creek tree-sitters arrived last night at the logging gate to hold a vigil in support of the tree-sits. It was reported that Eric Shatz, who has extracted many tree-sitters in the past, was at the tree-village on Tuesday. Activists announced that the location for the Sept. 7th Action Camp will be Grizzly Creek State Park on Hwy. 36. The directions to the camp are:

FROM THE NORTH: 1.US-101 SOUTH PAST EUREKA 2. Turn LEFT onto HWY36. 17.1 miles 3. End at Grizzly Creek Redwoods Park: 16949 State Highway 36, Carlotta, CA 95528, US FROM THE SOUTH: 1.US-101 NORTH PAST SCOTIA/RIO DELL 2.Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CA-36. 17.1 miles 3.End at Grizzly Creek Redwoods Park: 16949 State Highway 36, Carlotta, CA 95528, US FROM I-5: 1.FROM REDDING, CA, follow CA-299 W. 38.1 miles 2.CA-299 W becomes CA-3. 35.4 miles 3.CA-3 becomes CA-36. 54.8 miles End at Grizzly Creek Redwoods Park: 16949 State Highway 36, Carlotta, CA 95528, US

More info at

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Spooner Tree-sit Raided Today

Tree-sitters in the Nanning Creek tree village sent a text message today saying that Pacific Lumber climbers were raiding the tree-sits. Also two forest defenders were arrested on the ground for trespassing. Activists are heading to the gate to protest against Palco's actions. Some activists have raised concerns that the company is violating the law by cutting branches during Marbled Murrelet nesting season, which ends on September 15. Much of the tree-sitter's gear has been taken or destroyed.