Dave Foreman, Howie Wolke, Mike Roselle, ? form Earth
First! On a desert mountaineering trip to Mexico. Big Creek
Lumber starts logging in upper Butano Creek on property owned
by Pacific Lumber.
Earth First! Journal started and first Round River Rendezvous
held in Wyoming (by invitation only!)
UCSC Earth First! starts holding meetings during beer
hour at College 8 on patio of Kerr Hall.
Organizing meetings and potlucks begin around town.
Demonstrations against plastic packaging staged at McDonalds
on Mission Street.
Santa Cruz EF! hosts the first California Rendezvous in
Big Basin State Park.. 40 people show up for 2 days of meetings
UCSC EF! started again. Demonstrations staged at Bank
of America. Santa Cruz EF! hosts second California Rendezvous
in Big Basin. 300 people show up including Dave Foreman and
Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Society who agree to work together.
Dave Foreman and David Brower speak at UCSC. Big Creek Lumber
finishes initial Butano cutting. Pacific Lumber is taken over
in a hostile purchase by MAXXAM corporation using junk bonds.
Demonstrations against cougar hunting at CA Dept. of Fish
and Game offices locally and in Sacramento. Rainforest Action
Network demonstrations against Burger King. Hunt Saboteurs
go to Mojave to protect Big Horn Sheep.
1989 Demonstration held at CDF office in Felton. Rufus
hangs banner on CDF radio tower. Castagnolas restaurant picketed
for selling exotic meat dinners. The Greenpeace ship ?Vega?
visits. Hunt Saboteurs go to N. California to protect Tule
Elk and back to Mojave to protect Big Horn Sheep. Arizona
5 busted in FBI sting operation using undercover agent-provocateur.
Peg Millet evades capture for 2 days. Dave Foreman arrested
at home in bed. Oct. 19 - Earthquake rocks Santa Cruz. Epicenter
within a mile of first sawmill site.
Earth Night Action topples power tower in Aptos ? blacks
out Santa Cruz for 2 days. No one is ever charged for this
action. Redwood Summer planned in N. Calif. May 24 - Judi
Bari and Darryl Cherney survive car bombing in Oakland while
on their way to Santa Cruz for a rally. FBI agents on the
scene in minutes and start smear campaign. FBI agents start
questioning Santa Cruz EF! activists within an hour of the
bombing. Hunt Saboteurs go to N. California to protect Tule
Big Creek Lumber buys Butano unit from MAXXAM for $8 million.
Logging of remnant old-growth begins. Trial of AZ 5 begins.
Local activist Gary Reynolds dies. December 16 - UCSC/Big
Creek starts logging at Elfland over holiday break. 42 people
arrested in day-long demonstration and woods actions. Attorney
Debbie Malkin arrested for visiting the site as part of legal
action on an injunction. Logging finished before court can
rule. Native shell site trampled and sacred sites destroyed.
Construction of Colleges 9 & 10 begins.
Darryl Cherney plays concert at UCSC for Headwaters campaign.
Week long treesit begins in Butano. ?Three Sisters?, treesitter,
was eventually lowered to the ground by Big Creek employees
while San Mateo County SWAT team pointed guns at her. Todd
Shuman, who was doing a resupply run, also arrested.
1994 Darryl Cherney and Casey Neill perform in Santa Cruz.
Planning for California Round River Rendezvous begins.
Walnut tree action fails to save old tree behind former
Bookshop site. City sells wood at a profit. and March to demonstration
and lockdown at Big Creek Lumber mill in Davenport. SCEF!
Does Transportation Coordination for RRR on the Mad River,
CA. Proposes Marbled Murellet Habitat 100 times larger than
USFWS Rod Coronado, Hunt Saboteur activist, captured after
responding to injured eagle ruse that gets him off the reservation
in AZ where he was hiding, is sentenced to prison. His infiltration
of the fur industry leaves farmers fuming over revealing videos
shot during killing and skinning, and ALF farm raid increases.
Chris Maser, Andy Stohl, AFSEEE founder, and Ed Grumbine speak
at Forest Conference. THP hearing and demonstrations against
Grizzly Flat logging in Watsonville watershed.
Redwood Empire begins logging at Gamecock Canyon. Kathy
Dean, Nick Gombos and others blockade Summit Road until injunction
issued. Daily harassment, threats, and gunfire stretch over
next three years of logging. Hayward brothers logging company
amasses violations that prompt CDF letter of reprimand. Monkeywrenching
finally bankrupts Hayward, but not before Gamecock Canyon
is trashed. Logging starts at Grizzley Flats after Headwaters
heats up in fall and activists move north. Base camp abandoned
and only token resistance to logging occurs.
1998 Attendance at SCEF! meetings starts to decline. Survey
goes out to try and determine where folks want to go with
a local group. Attendance drops to 1 by year-end.
Headwaters deal announced. Activists return to Santa Cruz
18 June, Ramsey Gulch Treesit started with help from Canopy
Action Network. Redwwod Empire files a lawsuit, then withdraws
it, to bar treesitters from property.
Ramsey Gulch Treesit continues with youngest treesitter
(7 weeks old) ever.