Environmentalists Win Court Order Against Lumber Company
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) _ Environmentalists won a court order temporarily barring Louisiana-Pacific Corp. from logging an old-growth forest that has been a target of ″Redwood Summer″ protesters.
The order, issued Monday by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge James Luther, appeared to be the first under new state emegency regulations that bar logging that threatens the northern spotted owl.
″There’s obviously going to be some precedent set here,″ said Louisiana- Pacific spokesman Shep Tucker.
As part of the Redwood Summer campaign, environmentalists have targeted the 110-acre Louisiana-Pacific logging operation in the Navarro Ridge area near Mendocino. Nearly 40 people were arrested there last week on trespassing charges.
Farther north, protesters with the environmental group Earth First 3/8 chained themselves to gates at two Pacific Lumber Co. sites, sheriff’s Sgt. Forrest Schafer said Tuesday.
Seventeen other protesters were arrested Tuesday in protests near Eureka.
The protesters, who assembled before dawn in hopes of blocking logging traffic, are trying to save the Salmon Creek headwaters area on Pacific Lumber Co. land, which they say is the largest intact old-growth redwood watershed left.