In July of 2009, when Roseburg Forest Products, one of the largest privately owned corporations in the nation, went to cut a tract of 80 to 100 year old trees (“mature growth”) on the Umpcoos Ridge of the Elliott State Forest, loggers found dozens of masked Earth First! activists blockading the road with barrels, slash piles, and an overturned van. Several protestors sat in delicate treetop installations, called “bipods” and “skypods” intended to collapse and kill the sitters if tampered with.

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