Oregon’s Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense

The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.

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For 25 years, since the epic timber wars of the 1990s in places like Warner Creek, Oregon, Cascadia Forest Defense (CFD) has been at the forefront of challenging the logging industry, complicit politicians, federal agencies and, in general, capitalism. In the past month, CFD has put up new tree-sit blockades to disrupt logging operations in the Willamette National Forest.

We talked with Daniel, an organizer with CFD, about past and present forest defense campaigns, Oregon’s politics around forests, logging and wildfires; right-wing militias in the Northwest, the links to the climate crisis and the resurgence of forest defense campaigns up and down the Pacific Northwest.

Daniel is an organizer with Cascadia Forest Defense. CFD is a grassroots environmental organization committed to stopping the destruction of the Earth, particularly in the region known as Cascadia. The organize collective, nonviolent actions to disrupt the ecologically and economically exploitative industrial timber industry and the 1%.

Outro music by Mic Crenshaw on Emergency Hearts.

Author: Sparki

Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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