Incident Summary:

01/02/2001: Five members of the Animal and Earth Liberations Fronts (ALF and ELF), Jacob Ferguson, Stanislas Meyerhoff, Kevin Tubbs, Suzanne Savoie, and Daniel McGowan, caused arson to the Superior Lumber Company in Glendale, Oregon in the United States, by placing two incendiary devices containing ignitable liquids at the west side of the building. The arson caused $1,041,696 in damage to the office. There were no casualties in the incident. The next day, the perpetrators sent out a communiqué, claiming responsibility for the arson in the name of the ELF, stating that the Superior Lumber Company was a "typical earth raper contributing to the ecological destruction of the Northwest." The company was targeted due to its involvement in the purchase of timber. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
at the Superior Lumber Company at 2695 Glendale Valley Road in Glendale, OR

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Superior Lumber Company
Specific Description lumber company in Glendale, OR
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $1,041,696.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
timed incendiary devices, made of two five-gallon plastic containers filled with diesel fuel
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The fire was discovered at about 2:00am. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period. Ferguson became a government witness and in return, was sentenced to 2 years probation for his crimes during this 6 year period. Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison, Meyerhoff was sentenced to 13 years in prison, Savoie was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months, and McGowan to 7 years, for their respective involvement in various incidents over the course of the 6 years.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) The Family No
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) The Family Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
U.S. Government’s Sentencing Memorandum for CR 06-60069, CR 06-60070, CR 06-60071, CR 06-60078, CR 06-60079, CR 06-60080, CR 06-60120, CR 06-60122, CR 06-60123, CR 06-60124, CR06-60125, and CR 06-60126. U.S. District Court: District of Oregon, Eugene, 2007.
FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001.
Legal Affairs Editors, "Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front Members Sentenced in Oregon for Acts of Eco-Terrorism in Five Western States," PR Newswire Association LLC, Public Interest Services, June 5, 2007.