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Update: 27 Total Arrests Reported at Elliott State Forest Illegal Protest Site
07/09/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Law enforcement officials at the scene of the illegal logging protest on the Elliott State Forest in Douglas County report that all arrests were completed by 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
    
About 25 officers comprised of Oregon State Police troopers and Douglas County deputies, working in cooperation with the Department of Forestry, arrested four individuals by Thursday morning that had been perched on platforms in trees at the protest site.

One of the male protesters during the night rappelled down from his position in one of the trees. OSP troopers heard the subject fleeing on foot through the forest but were unable to find him following an area search.  Thursday morning, officers were returning to the area and spotted the man walking along Highway 38 about four miles from the protest site and arrested him.

Three protestors, one woman and two men, remained in their tree platforms.  One of the men voluntarily came down to the ground and was arrested.  The other two protestors were arrested after a truck was brought in allowing officers to reach their platforms in the trees.

During the two-day law enforcement response a total of 27 arrests were reported.  Twenty-three arrests were reported by Wednesday night before troopers and deputies secured the area.  There were no reported injuries and all arrested individuals were to be transported to the Douglas County Jail.  A list of names and charges is not available.

About 25 officers from OSP and Douglas County Sheriff's Office were brought in Thursday morning to finish with the remaining arrests.  This was about half of the number that responded on Wednesday.  In addition to OSP and DCSO officers, experts from the National Guard helped secure protestor lines to prevent them from falling to the ground from elevated positions while allowing for the removal of an overturned van blocking the road.

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.

Additional information on the Elliott State Forest and the timber sale is available at:

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