WAR IN THE WOODS
By RICHARD JOHNSON
Against seemingly impossible odds, a grassroots effort to save the largest network of ancient redwood groves in private ownership - Headwaters Forest - is gathering momentum off the rugged North Coast of California. On the magic day of Friday, Sept. 15, more than 1,500 activists from all over Northern California gathered at the Pacific Lumber mill in Carlotta for a rally, march and civil disobedience to save Headwaters. Some 250 protesters allowed themselves to be arrested an emotional ceremony of nonviolent trespass as scores of police in riot gear from nine local governments guarded the company's operations and a highway patrol helicopter growled overhead.