To stop the demonstrations, officials shut down public access to the forest and have arrested 48 protesters who have tried to block trucks and sabotage logging efforts.
Last Wednesday, that protest came to Portland when 40 activists from Stumptown Earth First! took over a downtown intersection outside the US Forest Service regional headquarters.
Protest organizers started the morning by erecting a 20-foot tripod in the middle of the SW Second and Stark intersection. From the top of the tripod one activist swung back and forth on a swing. Below him, demonstrators in silly hats and colorful beads paraded around their makeshift protest tee-pee, chanting loudly. One even played an accordion.
The party lasted only 90 minutes before police finally broke it up and resumed traffic by pulling down the tripod and telling the crowd to disperse.
"We're here to let them know they're going to have resistance in the city and in the forest," explained protest organizer Kevin Sloan.
But so far, the protests have failed to slow the wholesale logging of the Siskiyou Forest. Following orders from the Bush administration, the US Forest Service is going ahead with the Biscuit logging proposal, which allows the harvest of dead trees on 20,000 acres of reserved forest destroyed in the fire. The plan only affects four percent of the burned area, but environmental activists claim that's enough to disrupt the forest's natural healing process and the home of that anti-logging poster child, the spotted owl.