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1991: The Willamette National Forest first proposes the Clark timber sale on the Middle Fork Ranger District near Lowell.

1992: The Oregon Natural Resources Council appeals the sale, and the sale subsequently gets held up in the northern spotted owl litigation.

1994: President Clinton's Northwest Forest Plan slashes logging levels by 80 percent to protect much of the remaining old growth forests and the wildlife living in them.

1997: Clark is reintroduced as a 96-acre sale under the Northwest Forest Plan.

1998: Zip-O-Log Mills Inc. in Eugene is high bidder and awarded the contract to log the timber. Road work begins that year, and on April 20 activists begin inhabiting the trees and blocking the roads.

1999: The Oregon Natural Resources Council and other environmental organizations sue the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for failing to do rare-species surveys. The Clark sale is part of the lawsuit.

June 1999: Willamette National Forest officials close the road leading to the logging site, citing the need to reduce vandalism and clean up garbage left by protesters. Law enforcement officers don't try to remove tree-sitters from platforms.

November 1999: To settle the survey lawsuit, which threatened to halt logging on millions of acres of public forests in Oregon and Washington, the Forest Service and the BLM agree to begin surveying for 80 rare plants and animals before logging federal timber, building roads, expanding ski resorts and proceeding with other activities.

August 2000: Environmentalists find more tree vole nests than the Forest Service found in its surveys, and activists renew calls for cancellation of the sale.

February 2001: A federal magistrate in Eugene rules that a Forest Service closure at the Clark tree sale area violated activists' rights of free speech and assembly.

September 2001: The Willamette forest reduces the Clark sale to 43 acres by placing 10-acre buffers around red tree vole nests.

January 2002: After activists found several more nests, the Willamette reduces the Clark sale to 29 acres, including eight acres in old growth.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 20, 2002
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