Ecoterror group hopes for more acts like lumber company fire
From wire and staff reports

GLENDALE — The Earth Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for the fire that destroyed the Superior Lumber Co. office Jan. 2.

In a statement sent Monday to Craig Rosebraugh, a spokesman for the underground group, the ELF warned that its members hope to see an escalation in tactics against capitalism and industry in 2001.

The fire caused more than $400,000 in damage.

Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings had said there was evidence the fire was started at a number of places. That and other clues convinced investigators that it was intentionally set.

A similar fire broke out Dec. 28, 1998, at the Medford offices of U.S. Forest Industries, which runs a plywood mill in Grants Pass. The ELF also took responsibility for that fire, which destroyed the two-story building.

Both firms are members of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association.

It's unfortunate that anyone would presume to think fire-bombing a company office is a legitimate tactic, said Dave Hill, SOTIA's executive vice president.

Superior has shown to be a good corporate citizen in Southern Oregon, he added. They manage their lands well. Anyone who disagrees with that ought to talk to them one on one.

Terrorist activity will increase security but won't change minds within the industry, he said.

It's not going to affect how the forest products industry does business in the long run, he said.

A year ago, ELF claimed responsibility for a Christmas Day fire that destroyed a $1 million Boise Cascade timberlands management center in Monmouth.

In the statement to Rosebraugh, the groups said, Superior Lumber is a typical earth raper contributing to the ecological destruction of the Northwest. What happened to them should shock no one.

The ELF is an international underground organization that uses economic sabotage to stop alleged environmental destruction.

During the past three years, damage from acts of ecovandalism has amounted to millions of dollars. Since December 1997, the ELF and a similar group, the Animal Liberation Front, have taken responsibility for at least 10 arson attacks, including a $12 million fire that destroyed a ski lodge in Vail, Colo.