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Protesters Take Over Billboard

billboard protestEUGENE, Ore. — Protesters took over a billboard Wednesday morning on I-5 in Eugene, accusing the timber industry of shipping jobs overseas.

Members of the Cascadia Forest Defenders hung the banner that said “Big Timber Sends Jobs Overseas. Stop Raw Log Export.”

The group says when the recession hit in 2008, timber companies shifted their business to China, affecting American jobs.

OSP responded, but didn’t arrest anyone.

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  1. Greg Vaughn says:

    If you don’t believe the message on this banner, go to Coos Bay/North Bend and watch as hundreds of truckloads of logs are loaded onto ships bound for Asia every day. Then check out the mountain of wood chips also being shipped out.

  2. jb says:

    Finally a protest I can agree with. Unfortunately logs are a commodity just like anything else that can be bought and sold for a profit. Same thing goes on with american crude oil. The problem with timber is that the premium logs get shipped out leaving the US with a bunch of Crap wood. The board quality is so terrible that you can’t hardly get new boards you’ve just bought off of your truck before they start twisting up like a pretzel.

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