On October 7th, law enforcement raided the blockade and tree-sitter support camp and taped off the area, threatening criminal trespassing charges for anyone who approaches the tree. Over the last four days, the tree-sitter has been surveilled by law enforcement 24/7 with flood lights shining on the tree throughout the night, preventing the delivery of supplies or visits from the public despite risk of hypothermia in cold and wet weather. Please show your solidarity by participating in the phone zap! Here is a script. MONDAY, OCT. 12TH, 9AM-4PM CHAMELEON BLOCKADE PHONE ZAP: Demand that the Department of Natural Resources cancel its plan to clear-cut a biodiverse native forest, and end the police siege of the tree sitter! Call every number 1x, 2x, 10x, or 100x!  "Hello _________, I am calling in support of the Chameleon Blockade in Capitol State Forest. I condemn your decision to continue a police siege of the tree sitter, denying him access to survival supplies and communication i…

Chameleon Blockade standing strong in the face of state repression. Logging is still halted!

Early Wednesday afternoon, a convoy of trucks from at least four different law enforcement agencies parked on a logging road for an unannounced raid on a camp of forest protection activists, sweeping the camp away and leaving one man in the forest canopy tied to a contraption that continues to impede work on the controversial “Chameleon” timber sale. The officers came from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol, the state Fish and Game Department, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the agency which planned and sold the timber sale and manages all of the Capitol State Forest. Law enforcement temporarily closed the roads to through traffic while they cleared the activists from the camp.

Ian Frederick, 29, a teacher from Olympia, was on the ground making coffee when the cops arrived. “There were just so many of them,” he said. “It seems like a lot of force to bring to deal with two unarmed civilians eating lunch.”

The two activists we…

Forest Defenders launch blockade to stop clearcut of the ‘Chameleon’ Timber Sale

The Capitol State Forest, WA

Forest Defenders today have launched a blockade to prevent the clear-cut logging of a 100-year-old forest west of Olympia on the traditional territory of the Chehalis people. The forest, part of the critically endangered Puget Lowland Eco-Region, was auctioned off by the Department of Natural Resources as the “Chameleon Timber Sale” to the Elma based Murphy's Logging Company. Protesters have set up a blockade preventing road building and logging in one of the largest and most biodiverse units of the timber sale. The site is home to a late-successional Douglas Fir forest (over 100 years since it was last logged), which is gaining old growth characteristics that support endangered wildlife.

"It's absurd,” one protester said, "That the state of Washington under the leadership of the ‘climate change candidate’ Jay Inslee is still sanctioning clearcut logging on public lands.” Recent fires have been testament to the northwest’s vul…