Lock Down Action
In Response to Felling Trees Dangerously Near Tree-Sitter, Rook; Forest Defenders Took Action!
In the early morning hours of June 25th, more Community Elders took action and staged a locked down at Monument Gate to prevent logging trucks from entering Rainbow Ridge.
HEADWATERS ACTIVISTS JOIN YOUTH TO PROTECT RAINBOW RIDGE!
A multigenerational road blockade disrupted work at Monument Gate early this morning, which blocked access to the contentious active logging plans on Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole River watershed. Three elder activists women, nearing eighty years of age and one in her thirties, locked their bodies together and sat in solidarity in front of the gate closing it off to all logging traffic and drawing the presence of several Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s.
“Elders were concerned over the sheriffs' violent treatment of younger activists in recent actions,” -Naomi Wagner
“I'm doing it for my grandchildren and everyone else's grandchildren. I just feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing with my life.” -Ellen Faulkner, 80
Around 4:30 A.M. that same morning, a Forest Defender entered an active logging operation in the Rainbow Ridge region of the Mattole headwaters. He proceeded to lock himself to an excavator in order to stop the logging and road clearing. The same excavator that endangered Rook on Monday when workers toppled trees dangerously close to hitting him while in the tree sit. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s removed and arrested him around 8 A.M. and he was released shortly thereafter.
“We need to keep the Mattole wild and free and not perpetuate colonization,” said the brave Forest Defender.