Protesters unload trees at Ore. governor's mansion

Published:

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Police say one person was arrested when a group of protesters unloaded dry Christmas trees in front of the Oregon governor's mansion.

A group calling itself Cascadia Forest Defenders claimed responsibility for the demonstration, saying activists are protesting Gov. John Kitzhaber's support for increased logging.

Oregon State Police officials say nobody was in the mansion when demonstrators unloaded a van shortly before 7 a.m. Friday. A state trooper who was guarding the mansion detained one person but the others got away.

Authorities say 23-year-old John Zatkowsky of Eugene was arrested for investigation of criminal mischief and offensive littering. He was booked into the Marion County jail and released.

The governor's mansion is located in a Salem residential neighborhood south of the Capitol.