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A Note on Tree Spiking

submitted anonymously –

Greetings to the rebels who took action under the cover of night!

I want to respond briefly to the communique “Trees Spiked, Banners Dropped Against New Lacey Police Station,” particularly this part – “a small crew spiked various trees in the woods that are currently being logged, a well-known ecodefense practice to prevent or at least delay the logging of these precious trees.”

Why is tree spiking a well known practice in ecodefense? How does it delay or prevent logging? I think it’s important to look into questions like these to help decide on which tactics will be most effective to use at a particular moment.

The whole idea behind tree spiking is that there is a risk of the chainsaw operator hitting the spike and damaging the chainsaw and potentially kicking up shrapnel that will injure or kill the operator, similarly when it’s hauled off to be processed that the presence of the spike will damage the machinery and potentially injure or kill the workers. And yes, despite the insistence on EF! style NVDA, there is an implicit threat to injure or kill people in tree spiking. That’s what makes it effective.

Unfortunately, the forest here is being cleared by heavy machinery and as far as I am aware the wood isn’t being sold off for lumber – though I am open to being proven wrong on this and in which case consider this critique retracted. But because of these things it seems unlikely that this is an effective action.

I don’t say this to shit on your action, I think in many cases just showing the will to act is can be an effective action in itself especially in times of general defeat and low capacity. I say this for you all, for me, and for potential onlookers to think a little more about where to strike and with what weapons.

May a thousand rebels bloom under the cover of night,
May a thousand forests grow upon the ashes of our enemies