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Shock Troops

Manning the trenches: A forest defender searchers for signs of logging activity in the Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon. Activists wouldn’t permit LaMarca to photograph their faces for the first three years he spent with them. Photo: Christopher LaMarca

Joan Norman, then 72, was arrested protesting the logging of old-growth reserve but died before her trial.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

A tree “sit” attached to other trees by lines—if loggers cut any of the connected trucks, the pod falls.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

Cut timber in a designated roadless area.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

Virgin trees in an old-growth reserve.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

A clear-cut forest.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

An activist suspended from a log to block access to a bridge.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

A sawed tree in an old-growth reserve.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

A protestor roosts on a road blockade. Like civil rights activists of the 1950s and 1960s, forest defenders use nonviolent disobedience as their modus operandi.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

A law enforcement officer and surrounding protesters on the first day of old-growth logging at the Fiddler Fire Salvage Timber Sale in the Siskiyou National Forest.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca

Timber faller, Jeff Hammers, sawing a tree in a designated roadless area. Now in his fifties, Hammers looks at logging not as a job but a way of life.

Photo: Christopher LaMarca