Thursday, December 17, 2009

Redwood Saviors or Cyber Criminals?

I just received this in an email from the Center for Biological Diversity:

"Redwood Saviors or Cyber Criminals? Center Supporters Update Democracy

5,100 of the Center for Biological Diversity's supporters love the redwoods so much they deluged the California Department of Transportation with emails complaining of the agency's plan to slice a road through the gorgeous Richardson Grove in the state's remove North Coast.

Rather than responding to the public's concern, the Department of Transportation called the State Police Cyber Crime Division to report that they were under attack by hostile forces. Apparently interacting with the public was "diverting" the agency from its real job -- chopping down forests and paving the wilderness. A crime if there ever was one.

A police investigation determined that the agency was suffering from an acute case of citizen involvement, to which there is no cure.

Learn more about Richardson Grove

. Then tell CalTrans today that the public wants its redwoods standing, not paved"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Climate Action At Redwood Park Next Saturday

Saturday, October 24 is an international day of climate action, with 3559 actions planned in 161 countries, including one in Redwood Park. From the site:

Our Great Redwoods need us as much as we need them

24 October 2009 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

We need bodies! 3pm-4pm=photo shoot. 4pm-5pm=Ishi Dube music. IT'S A PICNIC IN THE PARK. TIME TO VISIT AND LAUGH AND SEE EACH OTHER IN-PERSON. We will all come together at Redwood Park and form the number 350 with our (clothed) bodies and have our photo taken by Kyana Taillon Please arrive by 3pm to organize for photo. I am asking that you at least come for the photo! But if you have more time, please come to listen, talk, laugh, discuss, learn, teach, reach, cry, sing, dance, share, love, care, and show support for our Mother Earth. The Redwood trees will circle us, swaying in the wind, giving us thanks and praise for caring about them as much as we care about each other, animals, plants, etc. also in need of our help to reverse damage done to our environment. We can and will make a difference. People are welcome to bring picnic lunches. Musical entertainment provided by Ishi Dube It will be wonderful. All ages welcome. Please walk, bike, skate, or at least carpool! Please leave dogs/animals at home if possible or have on leash at all times. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

National Geographic Features Redwoods

The October issue of National Geographic magazine features the Redwoods on the cover, and has videos and photos of redwoods on their website, including a photo of the Spooner tree-sit.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Darryl Cherney Performs at North Country Fair

Earth First!er Darryl Cherney and his band The Patriot Act played on the Arcata Plaza for the North Country Fair today. Darryl helped organized Redwood Summer and along with Judi Bari, was bombed in Oakland, California. They later sued the F.B.I. over their handling of the incident, and won.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Some Photos from Action Camp

These are some photos from the action camp at Clam Beach and the action in the Mckay Tract.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Forest Defense Convergence Sept. 10th-12th

Earth First! Humboldt is having a Forest Defense Convergence on September 10th-12th. The gathering will take place at Clam Beach Campground, 10 minutes North of Arcata. Camp set-up begins at 1pm on Thursday. There will be direct action trainings, hikes, campfires, skill-shares, and music. The Earth first! Humboldt website has more information.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Rest in Peace Nature Boy

I learned yesterday of the tragic death of David Wehrer, who we knew as the forest defender "Nature Boy". He was 27 years old.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Photos From The Round River Rendezvous

Last week, Earth First!ers from all over the country gathered at Huckleberry Gap in Oregon for the annual Round River Rendezvous. It seemed to me that everything went very well, although I have not attended that many Rondys. Here are some photos that I took.

Elliott Free State Is No More

This morning, Oregon police removed the remaining protesters from the blockade and arrested them. Twenty-seven people were arrested over the last two days. Some of those arrested were using jail solidarity tactics. Cascadia Rising Tide and Cascadia Summer still need what ever kind of support that people can give. The action was certainly successful in that it brought attention to the issues of bad forest management and unsustainable logging practices.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Elliott Forest Update from Portland IMC

Free State update

up date on the Cascadia free state
yesterday a group of Cascadia Earth First!ers and Rising Tide members took action against the continued liquidation and destruction of Oregon's Elliot State Forest. Using sky pods, bipods, road blockades, overturned cargo vans, lock downs and many other beautiful installations, the road to Umpcoos Ridge timber sale has been occupied, held and reclaimed for
the forest, the people and future generations.

This morning the block was raided with 60+ cops who came equipt with bulldozers ect.

22 protesters are being held at the Douglas County jail in Roseburg, Oregon. Protesters on the outside of the blockade have been forced 5 miles away from the blockade. It is highly likely, based on screams that police are using PAIN COMPLIANCE on the locked down protesters.

As more info as to how people can show solidarity arises word will be put up...for more info

17 Arrests So Far, Blockade Holding

As of early this afternoon police in Oregon report arresting 17 activists at the Elliott Free State. Reports say that 50-60 State troopers are involved in the operation. So far they have been unable to remove eight protesters that are part of the road blockade. This video taken Monday afternoon shows police trying to get information from some of the people that are locked down at the gate. Here is a link to news footage:

Elliott Free State Raided this Morning

Reports from Oregon this morning indicate that at least twenty police arrived this morning with a paddy wagon, fire engine, and bulldozer. Cascadia Rising Tide is asking supporters and concerned citizens to call Oregon officials. More info at

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New Free State in Cascadia Blocks Logging

On Monday morning loggers trying to get to the Unpcoos Ridge timber sale were surprised to find the road blocked by activists. I will expand this article soon, but right now I am too tired after a long drive back from Oregon and little sleep in the last two days.
Cascadia Free State
For more information go to

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Earth First! Humboldt Welcomes Roadshow

Humboldt EF!ers had a great time last week at Grizzly Creek with the Earth First! Roadshow crew. The Roadshow had a great puppet show about security culture, and slideshow about the history of the movement. Some activists hiked to the spot where David "Gypsy" Chain was killed by a logger in 1998. After the camp some forest defenders went to the McKay tract to show support for the tree-sitters there. The last few days saw a surge of activity around the sit by Green Diamond loggers.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Earth First! Roadshow Coming to Humboldt

The 2009 Earth First! Roadshow will arrive in Humboldt County on June 16 at Grizzly Creek State Park. The Roadshow has been touring the country to renew the Earth First! movement and conduct direct action workshops. Some of the road crew were recently arrested at a Home Depot in Colorado while protesting against dams in Patagonia. Their presentation will include a puppet show, slideshow and an introduction to Earth First! Group camping and a group kitchen will be available at Grizzly Creek from June 16-18. More information can be found at and