SALEM -- Protesters hung from ropes 100 feet off of the Oregon Capitol dome Thursday morning to protest the privatization of Oregon forest lands.
Two protesters hanging on the west side of the dome held a sign that read, "Kitzhaber's Legacy: Privatizing The Elliott Forest – Clearcutting For Profit." The protesters are members of a group called Cascadia Forest Defenders.
"We are protesting because we think Oregonians deserve to know that their public land is being sold to private industry," said CFD spokeswoman Erin Grady. "If it is privatized, we will never be able to have a say on what happens to it again."
The protesters entered the Capitol as part of a tour group and then broke away to stage their protest. They told KGW they planned to remain on the building until the close of business Thursday.
But they came down and were taken into custody just before noon.
Oregon State Police temporarily restricted access on State Street, between Winter and Capitol streets, while they monitored the situation, said Lt. Gregg Hastings. He said the streets were reopened by noon.