Police arrest logging protesters

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — State police have arrested 17 people trying to stop a logging operation on the Elliott State Forest outside Reedsport.

Lt. Gregg Hastings said Wednesday they needed more time to handle eight others who locked themselves to barricades, or were in nearby trees.

The blockade was erected Monday on a logging road leading to the Umpcoos Ridge No. 2 timber sale, where loggers for Roseburg Forest Products had begun felling timber.

Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky of Cascadia Rising Tide says protesters hoped to stop the removal of native forest that stores carbon that would otherwise contribute to global warming.

She adds they will give up their blockade if Roseburg Forest Products sells it back to the state.

The timber company did not immediately return a call for comment.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press)

This July 6, 2009 photo shows Douglas County deputy Travis Terry, second from left, speaking with attorney Ben Rosenfeld, far left, and another activist from Earth First! and Cascadia Rising Tide environmental groups near the site of a blockade in the Elliott State Forest east of Reedsport, Ore. (AP Photo/The News-Review, Robin Loznak)



This July 6, 2009 photo shows environmental activists using downed trees to build a roadblock in the Elliott State Forest east of Reedsport. Ore. Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Kevin Weeks said Tuesday that authorities have met with the protesters, but no move has been made to arrest them. (AP Photo/The News-Review, Robin Loznak)

Members of Earth First! and Cascadia Rising Tide say they want to protect native forest that provides fish and wildlife habitat and helps prevent global warming.

This July 6, 2009 photo shows two activists connected together at an Earth First! and Cascadia Rising Tide roadblock in the Elliott State Forest east of Reedsport, Ore. Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Kevin Weeks said Tuesday that authorities have met with the protesters, but no move has been made to arrest them. (AP Photo/The News-Review, Robin Loznak)

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press)