Last line of defense: Civil disobedience and protest slow down 'lawless logging'

September 2, 1996

The controversial salvage logging rider, signed by President Clinton a year ago, has been harassed throughout its short life by loud and growing protest - including civil disobedience.


Last line of defense
The controversial salvage logging rider, signed by President Clinton a year ago, has been harassed throughout its short life by loud and growing protest - including civil disobedience.
Cove-Mallard: 'I'm just trying to right what I feel is wrong'
A reporter visits the Earth First! encampment near Dixie, Idaho, where protesters have been practicing civil disobedience for five years in an attempt to save the old growth of the controversial Cove-Mallard timber sales.


What a difference a year makes
A chronology of the one-year history of the salvage logging rider shows how swiftly activists organized to fight it, raising opposition that extended to the White House.
When the crackdown came
After almost a year of ignoring the protesters camped at Oregon's Warner Creek, the Forest Service moves in to make arrests on Aug. 16, 1996.
The pole-sitter
Scott Ward, a former seasonal Forest Service worker turned protestor, in his own words, describes his conversion.
The innkeeper
Jean Lycan, a restaurant-motel owner in Dixie, Idaho, in her own words, describes the community's resentment of the protesters.
The activist
Sarah Seeds, in her own words, describes her conversion from political businesswoman to committed full-time activist.
Earth First! The Next Generation
The radical environmental group Earth First! feels some growing pains as a new and younger generation begins to replace the original activists.
Big trees in Oregon continue to topple
Though forest activists have stopped some Oregon timber sales, elsewhere in the state the old growth continues to fall.
Forests worth fighting for
A state-by-state look at some of the West's most controversial timber sales describes what activists are doing to fight them.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Bikers invade Steamboat Springs, Vail Ski Area expansion, unusual parade in Casper, Wyo., Forest Service bills campers for fire in N.M., stupid tourist remarks, Gov. Gary Johnson thinks there are wolves in N.M., fun things to do at Western Planners Conf.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Fires in the West, llamas and more, passing through Paonia, technical difficulties on the Web.


Montana grizzlies move west
A grizzly and two 16-month-old cubs, sentenced to die for raiding cabins and garbage near Yellowstone National Park, are saved for a zoo by citizens of Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Babbitt takes the offensive on Utah wilderness
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt begins a partial wilderness re-inventory of lands in the Utah Wilderness Coalition's 5.7 million-acre proposal that had not qualified under the BLM's inventory.
Radioactive waste is hot issue in Idaho
Nuclear waste critics got a "Stop the Shipments" initiative on the November ballot, to derail Idaho Gov. Batt's agreement to accept more waste - but some warn the situation is too complex for a simple solution.
Politics in cyberspace
Brad Udall creates an on-line political action committee, the New West Network, to help elect environmentalists to Congress.
Birds get eviction notice
The Bureau of Reclamation plan to enlarge Arizona's Roosevelt Dam will flood the nesting habitat of endangered Southwestern willow flycatchers.
Devils Tower may get a second name
Some Wyoming residents object to Superintendent Deborah Liggett's talk of renaming Devils Tower to something less offensive to Native Americans who regard the site as sacred.
Waste creeps toward Yucca Mountain
A Senate bill that passed in July clears the way for shipping nuclear waste to Nevada's Yucca Mountain as early as 1998.
A "bizarre" alliance fights logging
An uneasy alliance of local Hispanics and out-of-town environmentalists protests logging on the embattled Taylor Ranch near San Luis, Colo.
The Republicans weren't dull by a long shot
At the Republican National Convention, the party completes its transformation from what it originally was - the nationalist party - into what the Democrats originally were - the party of states' rights.
Recreation fee startles locals
The Forest Service wants to charge an entrance fee for the popular Mount Lemmon recreation area just outside Tucson, Ariz.
Where the wolves are
The wolves reintroduced in Idaho are thriving, and may reach the recovery goal of 10 breeding pairs before the wolves in Yellowstone.


Grassroots grit beat 'the mine from Hell'
The land swap that will stop a gold mine right outside Yellowstone National Park is a perfect example of how grassroots protest can work.


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