Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Mattole Defendants, Frank Bacik and the Eureka Reporter

Re: the Eureka Reporters distorted article on the Mattole Defenders vs. Pacific Lumber civil trial. This is Frank Baciks debut as the newest PL spinmiester.

To clarify, the "Mattole Free State" was an Old Growth forest area under protection by non-violent blockaders. The blockades impeded all vehicle traffic including surveyor trucks. There was never any physical danger posed to surveyors or other employees. Over 2,000 acres of this forest remains.

The Fish and Game trackers were sent in to mop up the protestors who remained after the blockades were removed by Sheriffs and PL. This was because the biological surveys that were being blocked were mandated by Fish and Game. The behavior Bacik describes as "lurking" was actually active monitoring of the situation at a safe distance.

No women surveyors were ever in any danger from protestors. On the contrary, protestors were facing an increase in violent behavior from logging employees. During this time period a logging employee free climbed up a tree and assaulted a female protester who was stopping logging. He took out a knife and began to slice her clothes apart to. Another protester was in a tree nearby with a security guard at the base. The gaurd placed a water bottle against the tree and repeatedly fired a gun at it.

On another note, maybe activists can take the Eureka Reporters article as a lesson on the use of sound bytes and the need for having a clear and to the point message. Biased newspapers like the Reporter will often use the worst out of all your statements.

One more thing, Frank Bacik is a liar...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hike in the Headwaters of the Mattole With Sanctuary Forest on Sept. 23rd

Sanctuary Forest is offering a guided hike in the southern headwaters of the Mattole River. The hike is called "the Disappearing River" and there will be discussion of river health and the problem of extremely low water levels in the Mattole.

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