In the heated logging debates of the 1990s, some environmentalists turned to spikes to try to make their point.
By pounding metal or ceramic spikes into large, live trees, they hoped to keep them standing. Loggers faced the danger of their saws binding and bursting on the spikes.
The extreme tactic was something fading into the history of Oregon forest management — until last month, when a group called SAP boasted through an Earth First! website to have entered the Swanson Brothers mill in Noti on June 11 “and placed dozens of metal spikes in the trunks of old-growth logs.”