Police arrest 27 protesters blocking logging

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REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) — The last of the protesters suspended in trees and homemade structures to block a timber sale on the Elliott State Forest were arrested Thursday. | Names of people arrested

The Oregon Department of Forestry said logging could resume as early as Friday on the Umpcoos Ridge No. 2 timber sale.

Twenty-seven people were arrested over two days and sent to jail in Roseburg, where they were to face charges of interfering with an agricultural operation, state police Lt. Gregg Hastings said.

Activists said they hoped to protect native forest that serves as fish and wildlife habitat, and prevent the release of carbon that would contribute to global warming.

"I think we regroup, read over the media we got, and try to make a strategy for applying pressure to the Oregon Department of Forestry to stop their liquidation of the Elliott State Forest," said Cascadia Rising Tide spokeswoman Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky.

About 50 activists took up positions blocking a road leading to the logging operation Monday, culminating an annual gathering of Earth First and Cascadia Rising Tide activists. About half of them left when warned that arrests would begin.

About 50 state police officers and Douglas County sheriff's deputies began arresting people Wednesday.

On Thursday, four people were left suspended in trees or homemade devices. One rappelled down and ran but was arrested four miles away, Hastings said. One person surrendered, and officers used a truck to reach two others.

Department of Forestry spokesman Rod Nichols said trenches dug in the logging road as part of the blockade had to be repaired and a safety check done of the logging site before loggers could return to work. Crews also removed a van that had been overturned as part of the blockade.

Unlike most state forests, the Elliott is owned by the Department of State Lands and managed by the Department of Forestry to provide money for the Common School Fund. The Umpcoos Ridge No. 2 sale represents $1.4 million for schools, Nichols said.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press)

The following is a press release courtesy of Oregon State Police

Responding law enforcement agencies have completed the involvement with arresting unlawful protestors at the Elliott State Forest logging protest in Douglas County. A rough estimate of the cost to the Oregon State Police in response to the incident is approximately $50,000. Cost estimates for other involved agencies would have to be released by each respective agency.

With the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the following is a list of 23 of the 27 individuals arrested over the two day period of July 8 and 9. One of the individuals was a juvenile male whose name is not being released.

* Aanstoos, William Theodore / 20 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Borchers, Jared Roy / 18 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Brooks, Jonathan Wayland / 27 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Carroll, Shawn / 27 yoa male / Portland, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Charle, Isabel Ava / 24 yoa female / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Ferraro, Joseph David / 20 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Gravelle, Rory / 21 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Hoeffgen, Kaleb Nicholas / 20 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Howerton, Stefan / 21 yoa male / Transient Interference with agricultural operations

* Irwin, Jonathan David / 23 yoa male / Portland, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Joseph, Monica Rae / 19 yoa female / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Kirkpatrick, Thomas Paul / 27 yoa male / Mollalla, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Knoll, Cedar / 25 yoa male / Cave Junction, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Lamb, Ian Scot / 23 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* McMahon, Clark Bradley / 21 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Parsons, Andrea August / 19 yoa female / Transient Interference with agricultural operations

* Perez, Joshua Andres / 20 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Quinn, Sara Swanson / 20 yoa female / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Rogers, Ryan Charles / 19 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Sanders, Emily Bryce / 21 yoa female / Transient Interference with agricultural operations

* Sukau, Shane Thomas / 19 yoa male / Eugene, OR Interference with agricultural operations

* Zayda, Jeremy M / 32 yoa male / Portland, OR Interference with agricultural operations

*1 male juvenile lodged at Juvenile Detention Center