Tree-Sitter’s Water Restricted By Militarized Security Firm
Tree-Sitter, Rook Needs Water! Lear Private Security forces the cut off of Tree-Sitter’s Water & Food Supplies! Water rationed to 1 litter a day!!
Escalating Hostility, A Concern For Tree-Sitters Safety.
Activists have been gathering at Monument Gate all week to protest the logging of Ancient Forest at Rainbow Ridge showing support for Tree Sitter, Rook who is now entering a 14th day in the canopy. Last week, LEAR Asset Management, a ‘Private Militarized Security Firm’ hired by Humboldt Redwood Company, aggressively raided Rook's Tree Sit confiscating food and water supplies. During the raid the security guard recklessly endangered the life of Rook when he began cutting supplies, which were overhead, out of the tree, dropping water jugs and food buckets dangerously close to Rook's head.
On Wednesday, protesters were met at the gate by five heavily armed private security guards, including LEAR Asset Management's CEO Paul Trouette. Concerned supporters attempted an open dialogue with the security guards to no avail, which lead to eventually demanding that they give Rook water. Activists brought 4 gallons of water also requesting to be escorted to the Tree Sit to deliver.
Despite the fact that Paul Trouette is on record as stating that their company was hired to "keep everyone safe,"…….they still refused to resupply Rook’s needed water.
People are extremely concerned for Rook's health and safety as Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) has been threatening extraction and essentially to starve Rook out of the Tree Sit. A public request is being made for people to put more pressure on the company to ensure the safety of the Tree Sitter is prioritized and that LEAR Private Security be held accountable for their reckless behavior.
HOW TO SUPPORT:
Call HRC (Humboldt Redwood Company) officials to demand LEAR stop endangering Rook, and demand a work stoppage until the community's concerns are heard and addressed.
John Andersen - Director of forest policy - (707) 962 2820
Deakon Duey - Architect (Outlines) Logging plans - (707) 272 0911
Ben Hawk - Forester for Mattole Region - (707) 489 2871
Bob Mertz - CEO - (707) 467 3385
Call Humboldt County, CA Sheriff's Department - (707)-445-7251
Tell them to stop violating protestors First Amendment rights and to stop violently attacking protestors who are protecting Rainbow Ridge and Biodiversity for generations to come!
-Written By: https://www.facebook.com/savethemattoleforest/
Advocates try to speak with Security Firm to ask if they can bring much needed water to the Tree-Sitter. See more photos and follow the Group on Facebook & Instagram.
HRC is Also Endangering the Tree-Sitter by Falling Trees Dangerously Close to Tree Sitter Position :
See Video Below
Letter To Humboldt County Sheriff, From EPIC Executive Director About Escalating Hostility
Dear Sheriff Honsal,
My name is Tom Wheeler and I am the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center. I am writing because I am concerned with the excessive use of force used by your deputies in arresting protestors at Rainbow Ridge this past week and the unnecessary arrest of citizen-journalists who attempt to cover the protest.
EPIC has received numerous credible reports alleging that deputies have roughly handled protestors engaging in nonviolent protest, resulting in documented and significant injuries. Your employees have also engaged in highly risky behavior, including the removal of a protestor from a "tower" many feet off the ground using a cherry-picker. EPIC has also received reports that deputies have arrested individuals standing along the edge of public roadways there to document the protest. Furthermore, I am distressed by the apparent willingness of the sheriff's office to work with Lear Asset Management, a para-military security firm hired by Humboldt Redwood Company. Lear Asset Management has engaged in hostile behavior towards protestors, including playing loud music throughout the day and night and trying to starve out a treesitter by arresting individuals attempting to bring food and water. The use of citizen arrests here is scary and reeks of vigilantism.
Together, all of this is risking an unnecessary escalation of tensions. I ask that you promptly investigate all complaints concerning use of force, remind your staff to respect the rights of protestors, and work with HRC to deescalate tensions in the Mattole. To be clear, I am not asking you to ignore the law--protestors understand that their actions violate the law and they risk arrest. (That is, in part, why they do it: to underscore that the stakes are so high and their convictions so strong that they are willing to violate the law.) I am asking that you do your job in a manner that does not harm protestors, violate civil rights of citizen-journalists, and escalate tensions. Heavy handed policing only risks a return to the Timber War days.
Executive Director and Staff Attorney
Environmental Protection Information Center
145 G Street Suite A
Arcata, CA 95521
Office: (707) 822-7711