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Forest Activists Cover Up Billboard

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of environmental activists commandeered a Eugene billboard with its own anti-logging message.

The group calling itself Cascadia Forest Defenders hung a banner on this billboard along I-5. It reads “O & C Trusts–Making Yesterday’s Ecocidal Mistakes…Again!”

The banner is a response to a plan by several Oregon representatives to increase logging on federal timber lands. The proposal is intended to boost funding for rural counties, but activists say more logging isn’t the answer.

“We think it’s important that people of Eugene and our greater community know what’s coming down the pipeline as far as forestry practices and policy the upcoming future,” said Ben Jones, a spokesperson from the group.

Cascadia Forest Defenders says it opposes any attempts to privatize the O & C lands and urge the lawmakers to drop their proposal.

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