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Update (8:30 p.m.) - Arrests Reported at Illegal Protest Site on the Elliott State Forest in Douglas County
07/08/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

(UPDATE: As of 8:30 p.m. a total of 23 arrests have been made at the site of an illegal logging protest on the Elliott State Forest in Douglas County.  The area is being secured for the night and additional arrests anticipated Thursday.  No more information will be released other than the update below to information provided earlier today.)

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Approximately 50 Oregon State Police troopers and Douglas County deputies arrived Wednesday morning, July 8, 2009 at about 10:00 a.m. at the site of an illegal logging protest on the Elliott State Forest on the Umpcoos Ridge No. 2 Timber Sale in Douglas County.  The arrival of law enforcement officers followed Tuesday night's delivery of a letter from the Department of State Lands advising protestors that their activities were in violation of state law including, but not limited to, Interference with Agricultural Operations under ORS 164.887.  Protestors were given the night to voluntarily leave the area.
    
When police arrived Wednesday morning protestors were provided another opportunity to voluntarily leave or they would be subject to arrest.  Approximately 20 - 25 individuals voluntarily left and another 20 - 25 individuals remained on scene.

As of 8:30 p.m., of those who remained behind, 23 have been arrested and will be lodged in the Douglas County Jail.  Additional arrests are anticipated Thursday.

Law enforcement officials on scene, working in cooperation with the Department of Forestry which manages the land under an agreement with Department of State Lands, will continue to proceed with additional arrests while keeping the safety of any remaining protestors and law enforcement officers a high priority.  There has been no resistance from the passive protestors and no injuries reported.

No more information to be released at this time related to law enforcement activities.

Questions regarding the timber sale and Elliott State Forest should be directed to Department of Forestry at (503) 945-7420 or Department of State Lands at (503) 986-5298.

For additional information on the Elliott State Forest:

http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/elliottstateforestprotests.shtml