Shannon Wilson (tsuga [at] efn.org) grew up in southwest Oregon's Siskiyou mountains, one of the nation's most biodiverse ecosystems. He worked as a mill worker and wildland firefighter in the Siskiyous in the late 1980's. After being struck in the back of the head by a 12 foot 2x6 and recieving about a dozen stitches while working at the mill he quickly decided to go back to college. He attended Rogue Community College and earned an Associate of Science Degree in Forestry in 1991.
In 1991, after working for the Umpqua National Forest as a Northern spotted owl surveyor for two seasons, he moved to Eugene. Starting in 1992 he performed surveys for the threatened marbled murrelet for the Eugene BLM up through 1994. He refused gainful employment with both agencies because of illegal and unethical practices occuring at and within both agency offices.
In 1995 he earned an Associate of Science Degree in Energy Management. However, before he could get started in an Energy Management career President Bill Clinton signed the Salvage Rider (Logging Without Laws Rider) into law in 1995. Shannon subsequently resigned his position with Americorps in protest of this action by President Bill Clinton. From 1995 through 2003 he worked as a full time grassroots organizer and was arrested 3 times for civil disobedience in efforts to stop hundreds of ancient forest timber sales throughout Oregon. In 1998 he co-founded the Northwest Trails Project which later evolved into Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates (CEA) in 2001. In 2011 CEA became Ecosystem Advocates NW. From 1995 to 2010 he served on the Executive Committee for the Many Rivers Group of the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club until he was ousted for being publicly critical of destructive decisons made by Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Peter DeFazio. He continues to work unpaid as Director of Eco Advocates NW and as a board member of the League of Wilderness Defenders.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw
"You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" George Bernard Shaw
Josh Schlossberg, Biomass Accountability Project
Samantha Chirillo see www.forestryrestoration.org
Eco Advocates NW - tsuga(at)efn.org