Group says it sabotaged Oregon lumber mill’s logs

A group called SAP claims it placed spikes in logs at the Swanson Brothers mill on June 11

Timber logs, file. (Flickr Creative Commons)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A lumber mill west of Eugene has been on high alert since learning that an environmental group may have put metal spikes inside some of its logs.

The Register-Guard reports that some environmentalists turned to such tactics during logging debates in the 1990s. They’d pound the spikes into live trees, making them potentially dangerous for loggers to cut down.

A group called SAP claimed on an Earth First! website that it placed spikes in logs at the Swanson Brothers mill on June 11.

Swanson Brothers president Larry Konnie says the mill operated as usual for two days before learning about SAP’s claim. He says no one has found any spikes.

The editor of Earth First! Newswire says the people behind the website don’t know who is involved with SAP.

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