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(en) The Lorax Strikes in the Elaho Valley!

From wah <wah@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Fri, 18 Feb 2000 03:32:44 -0500


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Communique from the Lorax
Wednesday Feb 16 2000
For immediate release
Distribution worldwide
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The Lorax today took responsibility for spiking hundreds of ancient trees
in the Elaho Valley, Southwestern BC, Canada, in areas approved for
clearcut logging this year. The purpose of the tree spiking is to protect
grizzly bear habitat and to deter International Forest Products from
clearcutting this ancient coastal rainforest, located on Native land
northwest of Whistler, BC. Hundreds of black bears and a small number of
grizzlies inhabit the rugged mountains and canyons near the Elaho River.

The upper Elaho Valley is also known as the Randy Stoltmann Wilderness,
and it is home to the oldest living Douglas firs in North America, the
Elaho Giants.

No one is likely to be injured as a result of the spikes.  If InterFor
decides to carry out its clearcut plans, workers will have to find the
spikes with metal detectors and remove them by hand. Most sawmills screen
logs for foreign objects that may damage the saw.

The Lorax encourages wood buyers worldwide to boycott InterFor. The
company is destroying a unique cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir forest that
is thousands of years old, without regard for wildlife, water quality or
Native land claims. The Elaho River area is the southernmost remnant of
grizzly bear habitat on the west coast of North America.

Last week, loggers and road builders working for InterFor were charged
with terrorizing protestors, assaulting and beating them and burning their
camp last summer.

Five and ten inch spikes were driven into trees north of Mile 63 on the
Elaho Main and Elaho Main West logging roads.  An area north of Cessna
Creek, and proposed roadways, were spiked, along with the following
cutblocks:
101-9, 102-52, 102-52A, 102-52B, 102-54, 102-55.



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