6 arrested in Capitol protest over logging

6 arrested in Capitol protest over logging

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Six people have been arrested Monday after they climbed flag poles and attached homemade banners in a demonstration at the Oregon state Capitol.

At around 11 a.m. a group of protesters gathered at the capital building. Three demonstrators tied themselves together in the office of Secretary of State Kate Brown. Two others did the same in State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's office, using U-shaped bike locks. They remained in the lobbies of both offices for four hours, along with close to 50 other demonstrators whose songs and chants echoed through the building.

Wheeler, Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber make up the State Land Board, which angered environmentalists last year with a plan to increase logging in the Elliott State Forest.

The plan is projected to increase the annual timber harvest by 20 million board feet per year and boost school funding by $3 million to $5 million annually.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Earlier report

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators protesting plans to increase logging on state land have invaded the Oregon Capitol.

A handful of demonstrators chained themselves together Monday in the offices of State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown.

About two dozen others sang songs, chanted and marched through the Capitol.

Wheeler, Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber make up the State Land Board, which angered environmentalists last year with a plan to increase logging in the Elliott State Forest.

The plan is projected to increase the annual timber harvest by 20 million board feet per year and boost school funding by $3 million to $5 million annually.

The timber industry has said the plan will create new jobs, but conservation groups say it would harm fish and wildlife.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press