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Logging Protest Bills Pass Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. — Protesters who chain themselves to trees and block roads, interfering with logging operations, may soon face stiffer penalties. The Oregon House has passed two bills targeting those protesters.

A first offense would be a misdemeanor and subsequent offenses would be felonies. The other bill would allow logging companies to sue demonstrators who interfere.

Anti-logging demonstrations stretch back to the 1980s, but picked up again in 2011, when demonstrators protested increased logging in the Elliott State Forest.