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Earth First! Locks Down To Forest Service Property To Protest Logging

July 12, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 12, 2010 —

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Croatan Earth First! activist with his neck U-locked to Asheville Forest Supervisor’s office

front door.   Thank you Kryptonite!

On Monday July 12th, Earth First! held a large protest outside

of the Forest Service office on Zillicoa St. in Asheville to protest the
commercial logging of national forests and their continued plan to cut the
Globe Forest in Blowing Rock, NC. As negotiations continue on this timber
sale to remove an old-growth stand from the project, Earth First! wishes
to call attention to the continued exploitation of our disappearing
forests by timber companies. Recent studies show the United States now leads all
developed countries in deforesting its land the fastest, and this trend is
most prevalent in the Southeast. The Globe Forest provides important
habitat and nesting sites for woodpeckers and migratory songbirds whose
numbers are declining due to forest fragmentation. The Forest Service
continues to cut stands of trees that are directly connected to old-growth
forest communities, causing destructive edge effects, and they have
refused to provide a buffer because it is not required in their “Forest
Plan.” Treating and cutting these stands will cause erosion, soil
destruction, and will pollute the nearby streams with herbicides. Until
all of Thunderhole Creek is protected, Earth First! will campaign to stop
the cut.

Earth First! Demands That the Forest Service in North Carolina:

-stop attempting to cut old-growth habitats or any stands connected to these rare areas.
-put an end to all commercial logging our national forests
-immediately revise the Forest Plan to include rehabilitating previous clear-cuts into early successional habitat instead cutting healthy, mature forest expanses.

-an end to all road building in our national forests

“Any cuts within the Globe will affect vital old-growth ecosystems and our stance is end all commercial logging of our national forests,” says Joseph Ferguson, a Croatan Earth First! activist.

“Historically, the Forest Service has catered to timber companies, but we believe the public  no longer supports logging in our National Forests.”

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