Forty-four "Redwood Summer" demonstrators were arrested at a lumber mill in a protest against logging practices they say endanger California's old forests.
About 350 took part in the protest at Louisiana Pacific on Wednesday, the first day of a summerlong series of demonstrations by environmentalists who have come to California from around the country.Many of those arrested Wednesday marched onto company property and approached officers so they could be taken into custody. Deputy Leona Mendenhall said most were issued citations for trespassing and released.
The rally was organized by Earth First!, which is known for tactics such as standing between loggers and trees. The group renounced its practice of driving spikes into trees to make them useless as lumber after sawmill workers were injured by broken saws.