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Environmental Leaders Arrested

Two prominent environmental leaders were arrested outside Sen. Mark Hatfield’s office Monday in a protest against a bill that would exempt some logging from court challenges.

Andy Kerr, executive director of the Oregon Natural Resources Council, and Mike Roselle, cofounder of Earth First and the Rainforest Action Network, staged the event to call attention to the bill, which is to be considered by the Senate Wednesday.

“We feel this bill would be a major giveaway to the timber industry at the taxpayer’s expense and cause the destruction of forests and salmon and pollute people’s drinking water supply,” Kerr said.

Kerr and Roselle then refused to leave the hallway outside Hatfield’s office and were arrested on trespassing charges. They were released on their own recognizance a short time later.