Archive for the ‘logging’ Category

(Don’t miss the coverage of last year’s event from Unicorn Riot!)

“The whole earth is in jail and we’re plotting this incredible jailbreak.”

Online fundraiser live!

We are very happy to announce that, for the 8th year running, the Wild Roots Feral Futures (WRFF) eco-defense, direct action, and rewilding encampment will take place in the forests of Southwest Colorado this coming June 18-26, 2016 (exact location to be announced). WRFF is an informal, completely free and non-commercial, and loosely organized camp-out operating on (less than a) shoe-string budget, formed entirely off of donated, scavenged, or liberated supplies and sustained through 100% volunteer effort. Though we foster a collective communality and pool resources, we also encourage general self-sufficiency, which lightens the burden on communal supplies, and which we find to be the very source and foundation of true mutual sharing and abundance.

We would like to begin by acknowledging that Wild Roots Feral Futures takes place on occupied/stolen indigenous territory, primarily of the Nuutsiu (occasionally spelled Nuciu or Nuchu, aka “Ute”) people, as well as Diné [“Navajo”], Apache, and others. In recognition of this reality and as a first step in confronting it, we seek to establish proactive working relationships with those whose stolen land we gather upon, and open the space we temporarily gather in to the centering and amplification of indigenous voices and struggles. Our understanding is that any community of resistance that doesn’t center the voices of indigenous people and put their leadership in the forefront is a movement that is part of the problem. [Read more here…]

We would like to invite groups and individuals engaged in struggles against the destruction of the Earth (and indeed all interconnected forms of oppression) to join us and share your stories, lessons, skills, and whatever else you may have to offer. In this spirit we would like to reach out to frontline community members, local environmental groups, coalitions, and alliances everywhere, as well as more readily recognizable groups like Earth First!, Rising Tide North America, and others to come collaborate on the future of radical environmentalism and eco-defense in our bio-regions and beyond.

We would also like to reach out to groups like EF!, RTNA, and the Ruckus Society (as well as other groups and individuals) in search of trainers and workshop facilitators who are willing to dedicate themselves to attending Wild Roots Feral Futures and sharing their skills and knowledge (in a setting that lacks the financial infrastructure to compensate them as they may have come to expect from other, more well-funded groups and events). We are specifically seeking direct action, blockade, tri-pod, and tree climbing/sitting trainers (as well as gear/supplies).

Regarding the rewilding and ancestral earth skills component of WRFF, we would like to extend a similar invitation to folks with skills, knowledge, talent, or specialization in these areas to join us in the facilitation of workshops and skill shares such as fire making, shelter building, edible and medicinal plants, stalking awareness, tool & implement making, etc. We are also seeking folks with less “ancestral” outdoor survival skills such as orienteering and navigation, etc.

Daily camp life, along with workshops, skill shares, great food, friends, and music, will also include the volunteer labor necessary to camp maintenance. Please come prepared to pitch in and contribute to the workload, according to your abilities. We encourage folks who would like to plug in further to show up a few days before the official start of the event to begin set-up and stay a few days after the official end to help clean up.

Site scouting will continue until early June, at which point scouts and other organizers will rendezvous, report-back their scouting recon, and come to a consensus regarding a site location. We are also planning on choosing a secondary, back-up site location as a contingency plan for various potential scenarios. Email us for more info on getting involved with scouting and site selection processes.

WRFF is timed to take place before the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous, allowing eco-defenders to travel from one to the other. Thus we encourage the formation of a caravan from WRFF to the EF! RRR (caravans and ride shares can be coordinated through our message board at feralfutures.proboards.com.

We are currently accepting donations in the form of supplies and/or monetary contributions. Please email us for details.

Please forward this call widely, spread the word, and stay tuned for more updates!

For The Wild,

~The Wild Roots Feral Futures organizers’ collective

Email: feralfutures(at)riseup(dot)net

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For the sake of comprehensiveness, we are including below our original call-out as used in years past, which is a living document, changing and evolving as we ourselves learn and grow:

We are looking for folks of all sorts to join us and help facilitate workshops, talks, discussions, skill shares, direct action and medic trainings, wild food walks, conflict transformation, and much more! We will be focusing on many things, including but by no means limited to anarchist theory and praxis, unpacking privilege, decolonization, rewilding, ancestral skills, indigenous solidarity, direct action, forest defense, earth liberation, animal liberation, security culture, civil disobedience, hand to hand combat, survival skills, evasion tactics, green anarchism, anti-civ, post-civ, star watching and navigation, maps and orienteering, shelter building, permaculture, and whatever YOU care to bring and provide. But we need everyone’s help to make this as safe, positive, and productive a space as it can be. Our own knowledge, skills, and capacities are limited. We need YOUR help!

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The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in federal court this week challenging a 25,000-acre timber sale on the Kaibab National Forest near Grand Canyon’s north rim.

Approved in January, this is the U.S. Forest Service’s fifth attempt to sell old-growth trees and forests in the Jacob Ryan project since 2003. Center appeals blocked two earlier attempts; the Forest Service voluntarily withdrew two others.

“The Forest Service consistently rejects good-faith restoration proposals and pushes logging big, old trees, contrary to its own science,” said Jay Lininger, an ecologist with the Center. “The Jacob Ryan timber sale is the opposite of forest restoration and it shows a need for reform within the agency.”

Today’s lawsuit asserts that the planned sale will remove forest habitat supporting northern goshawks and shirks rules designed to protect this rare and declining woodland raptor. According to a Forest Service report, goshawks are “vulnerable to extirpation or extinction in Arizona.” A source population of goshawks lives on the Kaibab Plateau, where Jacob Ryan is located.

In its last failed attempt to sell old-growth trees at Jacob Ryan, in 2009, the Forest Service admitted violating its rules for logging in goshawk habitat after an appeal from the Center.

Center staff also documented that old-growth trees were marked for cutting in the timber sale, despite agency statements in official planning documents that “yellow-bark” ponderosa pines older than 180 years would be left alone.

“There’s no change in the timber sale,” Lininger said. “Now the Forest Service just admits to wanting to cut down thousands of old-growth trees.”

To download a copy of today’s lawsuit, click here.

Photos of the Jacob Ryan timber sale, including old-growth trees marked for logging by the Forest Service, can be seen and downloaded here.

Planning/organizing meeting for Occupy the Trees (Durango/Log Chutes)

5PM, Friday, April 13th @ UniTEA House

Occupy The Trees (The Mother Earth Tree Convention)

Occupations across the US and around the world are being asked to step up and protest the corporate rape of Mother Earth, and the exploitation of Her limited resources.

“We ask that you take to occupying the trees by placing tree sitters in them for one week, or for as long as your team(s) can do it. Find trees in front of banks who support the corporations, trees in front of the corporations who pollute the earth, air and water. Trees in front of corporations who clear our forests, poison & kill wildlife and people. And rare trees that are at threat of being cut down in the name of corporate greed.”

Due to a current lack of equipment and skill sets, Earth First! Durango is calling for support and training from knowledgeable, experienced tree climbers/sitters. We intend to form a ground encampment, but will not take to the trees under unsafe conditions. We will begin our encampment by assessing our options and resources, and deciding together what we’re capable of. Please contact us if you have skills and/or life-safe equipment to offer.

Please contact occupy-the-trees@riseup.net for more info or to get involved!

~This action has not been consented upon by the Occupy Durango General Assembly.~

Background info: The road to Log Chutes: Logging road to replace singletrack

Resources for Occupying the Trees:

Volume 1. Climb Training Orientation For Beginning Ascending and Descending. 

EFCG vol 1.pdf EFCG vol 1.pdf
Size : 2.293 Kb
Type : pdf
EFCG vol 1 BOOKLET.pdf EFCG vol 1 BOOKLET.pdf
Size : 11342.158 Kb
Type : pdf
Volume 2. Anchoring, Rope Strengths, Physics and Other Technical Insights. 
EFCG vol 2.pdf EFCG vol 2.pdf
Size : 1.917 Kb
Type : pdf
EFCG vol 2 BOOKLET.pdf EFCG vol 2 BOOKLET.pdf
Size : 14342.421 Kb
Type : pdf

An old and somewhat outdated orientation guide about living in the woods and how EF! functions. Needs an update but it is here because it still provides usefull information.

EF orientation.pdf EF orientation.pdf
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Type : pdf

Taala Hooghan Infoshop is hosting it’s 4th Annual Liberate Earth Day!

We are inviting folks to propose workshops, discussions, films, etc. for this years event.

This year LED will be held on Sunday April 22 from 1-7pm at Taala Hooghan Infoshop. As always, this event is free to attend.

Please send workshop proposals by March 31st to infofosho@gmail.com. Space is very limited!

We’ll work to notify folks of participation as soon as we get proposals in.

ABOUT LED:

Earth Day has become an act of ritualized consumption by corporations and state agencies that greenwash their eco-cidal actions. LED is an educational and active anti-capitalist/anti-colonial event that addresses direct and meaningful ways towards healthy and sustainable communities.

In the past we’ve had skill-shares on sacred lands protection, direct action, permaculture,  discussions on eco-feminism, green scare and much more.

Join us for this educational and active event for an end to corporate greenwashing & “green” capitalism!

Some workshops and discussion at previous Liberate Earth Day events:

3rd Annual Workshops:

Anarchist Understandings of Nature and Social Change
Moon Time Liberation
An Affordable Way to Catch and Dispense Your Water
Green Consumerism: The Misguided Discourse on Sustainability
The Green Washing of the Prison Industrial Complex
Film Presentation: “Animal Exploitation, Heteropatriarchy and the Three
Pillars of White Supremacy.”
Underlying Contradictions in Liberation Struggles: A Discussion on Strategies Towards Meaningful Support and Solidarity

2nd Annual Workshops:

Abolish Profit Farming & the Importance of Autonomous Agriculture
Green Consumerism: The Misguided Discourse on Sustainability
Eco-Feminism
Derrick Jensen: The Problem of Civilization and Resistance (online video discussion)
Defending Sacred Lands – Intersections of environmental and social struggles for justice
Direct Action: Tactical training and discussion

1st Annual:

Abolishing the Non-profit Industrial Complex
Indigenous Traditionalism, Sustainability, & Civilization
Guerilla Gardening
Green Consumerism
Addressing the “Green Scare”

Taala Hooghan – Infoshop & Youth Media Arts Center
www.taalahooghan.org

Occupy The Trees (The Mother Earth Tree Convention)

Occupations across the US and around the world are being asked to step up and protest the corporate rape of Mother Earth, and the exploitation of Her limited resources.

“We ask that you take to occupying the trees by placing tree sitters in them for one week, or for as long as your team(s) can do it. Find trees in front of banks who support the corporations, trees in front of the corporations who pollute the earth, air and water. Trees in front of corporations who clear our forests, poison & kill wildlife and people. And rare trees that are at threat of being cut down in the name of corporate greed.” —Occupy The Trees (The Mother Earth Tree Convention)

Earth First! Durango and Occupy Durango will be occupying an encampment on National Forest land somewhere in the Log Chutes “thinning” project & trail area, near Junction Creek just outside Durango, CO. Come prepared for winter weather conditions!

Due to a current lack of equipment and skill sets, Earth First! Durango is calling for support and training from knowledgeable, experienced tree climbers/sitters. We intend to form a ground encampment, but will not take to the trees under unsafe conditions. We will begin our encampment by assessing our options and resources, and deciding together what we’re capable of. Please contact us if you have skills and/or life-safe equipment to offer.

Please contact occupy-the-trees@riseup.net for more info or to get involved!

~This action has not been consented upon by the Occupy Durango General Assembly.~

Background info: The road to Log Chutes: Logging road to replace singletrack

Resources for Occupying the Trees:

Volume 1. Climb Training Orientation For Beginning Ascending and Descending. 

EFCG vol 1.pdf EFCG vol 1.pdf
Size : 2.293 Kb
Type : pdf
EFCG vol 1 BOOKLET.pdf EFCG vol 1 BOOKLET.pdf
Size : 11342.158 Kb
Type : pdf
Volume 2. Anchoring, Rope Strengths, Physics and Other Technical Insights. 
EFCG vol 2.pdf EFCG vol 2.pdf
Size : 1.917 Kb
Type : pdf
EFCG vol 2 BOOKLET.pdf EFCG vol 2 BOOKLET.pdf
Size : 14342.421 Kb
Type : pdf

An old and somewhat outdated orientation guide about living in the woods and how EF! functions. Needs an update but it is here because it still provides usefull information.

EF orientation.pdf EF orientation.pdf
Size : 5.738 Kb
Type : pdf

Save the Peaks Awaits Court Decision:

While she’s not sure how the federal judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule after hearing arguments in the Arizona Snowbowl case Monday, musician and environmental activist Jeneda Benally said she was encouraged by what was going on outside the courtroom.

A caravan of indigenous youth from Arizona and New Mexico opposed to using reclaimed wastewater to make snow on Dook’o’oosláád was joined by local activists outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, calling for more investigation into the health effects of close contact with treated sewage.

Read more…

Native Americans optimistic after Peaks appeal in federal court:

SAN FRANCISCO – Five plaintiffs and representatives of The Save The Peaks Coalition, with their attorney and supporters, optimistically exited the James R. Browning United States Courthouse today following oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit appeal of The Save the Peaks Coalition, et al. v. U.S. Forest Service.

The San Francisco Peaks is in imminent danger of becoming a toxic recreation area, exposing people to dangerous contaminants as the US Forest Service allows treated sewer water at the ski resort and proposed snow play area. The Save the Peaks Coalition v. US Forest Service is a crucial legal battle to protect the public and the environment from hazardous pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting compounds that can negatively impact public health. The case asserted that under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act, the Forest Service failed to adequately consider the impacts associated with ingestion of snow made from reclaimed sewer water in its federally mandated environmental review process.

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Forest Service risks safety of children’s health by allowing sewage effluent snow on San Francisco Peaks !

Human health impacts of wastewater snowmaking to be heard at 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA

From: Jeneda Benally

What: COURT DATE, CARAVAN, PRESS CONFERENCE, RALLY

When: Saturday, January 7th, 2012 Caravan launches from Flagstaff.

Monday, January 9, 2012 – Court Hearing (see schedule of events below)

Where: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA

Who:   The Save The Peaks Coalition

Why:   The San Francisco Peaks, a holy mountain near Flagstaff AZ, are in danger of  being used as a toxic recreation area exposing citizens to hazardous contaminants!

Citizens are fighting the United States Forest Service in a legal battle to protect children from hazardous endocrine disruptors and to protect this sacred site from desecration. On January 9th, 2012 The Save the Peaks Coalition et al vs. the United States Forest Service will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA. The case argues that under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, the Forest Service failed to adequately consider the impacts associated with ingestion of snow made from reclaimed sewer water in its Environmental Impact Statement.

The Forest Service approved reclaimed sewer water for the use of snowmaking at a local Northern Arizona ski resort in 2004. The reclaimed sewer water in question is from Flagstaff’s Rio de Flag Sewage Plant. Since May, the owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the  U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, have already laid 7 miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and have clear-cut over 50 acres of rare alpine forest.

According to Howard Shanker, attorney for the Save the Peaks Coalition and the other plaintiffs, “The Forest Service failed to adequately consider the impacts of potential human ingestion of snow made from reclaimed sewer water as required by applicable law. Our government should not be approving such projects without some sort of understanding of the anticipated impacts. By approving treated sewage effluent for snow making without adequate analysis, the government essentially turns the ski area into a test facility with our children as the laboratory rats. That is unconscionable.” Mr. Shanker, a former congressional candidate in Arizona Congressional District 1, represented a number of tribes and environmental organizations in prior litigation over Snowbowl’s proposed expansion and threatened use of treated sewage effluent.

“It is deplorable that the United States Forest Service would allow known endocrine disruptors to come in to contact with our most vulnerable citizens, our children”, states Berta Benally, a plaintiff in the case. “At one point DDT, BPA and asbestos were all considered safe. Years later, after many people have suffered, we now sadly know that they are hazardous!”

The Save the Peaks Coalition is planning a caravan to the San Francisco Court of Appeals on January 9th. Anyone interested in participating can email savethepeakscaravan@yahoo.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

January 9th

7:00  AM,  Sunrise Gathering/Ceremony *Photo Opportunity*

To Be Determined, San Francisco

8:00 AM,  March to Courthouse *Photo Opportunity*

95 Seventh Street, San Francisco

9:00 AM,  Prayer Vigil at Courthouse *Photo Opportunity*

95 Seventh Street, San Francisco

More info: TrueSnow.org

(Also on Facebook)

 

From the EF! Newswire:

This film is a pre-released version of the documentary “Earth First!: The Politics of Radical Environmentalism” produced by Chris Manes. Its an examination of Earth First! in the early days, filmed at, and around the time of, the 1987 Grand Canyon Round River Rendezvous–a definitive work of that era.  While Manes has not been present in the Earth First! movement for well over a decade, he was featured recently in the  ”Where Are They Now” section of the Earth First! Journal 30th Anniversary edition.

The documentary features live footage of tree spiking, monkey wrenching, early blockades and tree sits. And along with totally 80′s hair styles under camo hats and eco-militancy expressed in Sesame Street-sounding sing-alongs, it’s also chock-full of  powerful interviews: Earth First! co-founders Nancy Morton, Howie Wolke, Mike Roselle and Dave Foreman; former EF! Journal editor John Davis; prominent voice for deep ecology, author Bill Devall (who passed on last year); and voices from government agencies, the timber industry and mainstream groups like the Sierra Club.

This version of the film was posted on Youtube summer 2011 by longtime EF! activist and movement documentarian  Andy Caffrey.  Since this summer, Caffrey has added over 50 historical EF! videos online via his Youtube channel. He’s also running for Congress in 2012. And while we could more-or-less give a shit about who gets elected, we’re glad to see some of these videos back in circulatation amidst his campaign endeavors.

Digesting the toxic wounds of civilization, feeding the roots of ecological sanity…

Saturday, October 8 · 3:00pm – ?
Turtle Lake Refuge
848 E. 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO

***not a Turtle Lake Refuge event

EARTH ALLIES UNITE IN DIRECT ACTION!!!

WHAT: We want to facilitate the creation of free instructional workshop space for the open sharing of knowledge between mycologists, hobbyists, activists and earth healers in the southwest. We want to explore ideas of remediation within our local community and take direct action toward the realization of those ideas. Workshops will emphasize low-tech and low-budget techniques that support community building and self-sufficiency while encouraging independence from corporate, non-local, or environmentally exploitative materials and/or practices.

This weekend will start off what we hope to be a long lasting, ever-growing network of radical fungiphiles (fungus lovers) in the Southwest. So bring knowledge to share, excitement to learn, and the energy to act!

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Albuquerque Forest Service Protest, Protect the Peaks. Video by Krystal Curley, Dine’.