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Road Closures Considered In Response To Tree-Sitters

OPB | Aug. 12, 2013 12:01 p.m. | Myrtle Creek, Oregon

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Environmental activists are sitting in trees to protest a planned timber sale in Southern Oregon.

In response, The Roseburg News Review reports that the Bureau of Land Management wants to close off public access to more than 2,000 acres of forestland east of Myrtle Creek.

The proposed closing would last about two years and shut down 15 miles of road.

That means that some popular local watersheds would be off-limits, along with hunting and off-roading areas.

The tree-sitters from Cascadia Forest Defenders are trying to block the White Castle timber sale.

It’s one of three pilot projects the BLM plans to log, and to create wildlife habitat.

A spokesman for the group says anywhere from five to 30 protesters are there at any given time.

The tree-sitters took up their positions more than a month ago.

So far, there have been no arrests or forcible removals.

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