Environmentalists Win Court Order; 17 Arrested in Demonstration
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.
Seventeen other protesters were arrested Tuesday in protests further north, near Eureka.
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, 10 miles south of the coastal village of Mendocino. Nearly 40 people were arrested there last week on trespassing charges.
Further north in Humboldt County, protesters with the environmental group Earth First 3/8 chained themselves to gates at two Pacific Lumber Co. sites, one 10 miles south of Eureka and one 30 miles southeast of the city, sheriff’s Sgt. Forrest Schafer said Tuesday.
The 17 were arrested for investigation of trespassing. One person had to be cut from the gates, Schafer said. Three of those who chained themselves were juveniles, Schafer said.
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.