Skip to comments.UC Berkeley begins felling trees for stadium
Posted on 09/05/2008 6:33:36 PM PDT by SmithL
BERKELEY - Crews began cutting down trees next to Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley late Friday, 21 months after activists climbed into the trees to protest the university's plan to raze them to build a $140 million sports training center center.
Work crews with chainsaws and bulldozers arrived at the university grove Friday and by 4 p.m. six trees had been chopped down.
Clad in black ski masks, the four remaining tree protesters who were driven into a single redwood several months ago, remained in the tree Friday and at times sparred with arborists, tossing a bottle and branches toward the crews.
Arborists trimmed most of the branches from the redwood, leaving the few tarps and wooden platforms and the tree sitters alone before moving on to other trees on the south side of the grove.
Hillary Lehr, a tree supporter, lets out a scream as she watches one of the oak trees fall after being cut down at the UC Berkeley Memorial Oak Grove Friday September 5, 2008. The University has begun the process of cutting down the trees in the grove to make way for a new 140 million dollar sports training center. Lehr is a resident of Berkeley and a UC Berkeley Alum.
Is that a guy in drag?
betcha they all agree with obama’s pro-live birth abortion stance....
these fruitcakes were spotlighted last year anytime they televised a Cal Bear game from beserkley...
They better cut while all of the kooks are still thumbing rides back from Minnesota.
This is reminiscent of the YouTube video that someone posted earlier today with the group who was crying and wailing about trees. Some thought is was a spoof. It was not.
Somehow the building of a $140 MILLION sports training center makes we root for the trees.
Univ of Texas MOVED the uprooted trees and TOOK AWAY student parking to replant them.
They need to come out to my place and spend a couple of days clearing honey locust and hedge sprouts out of the pastures and road right of way. They will find out in a hurry that the world is not going to run out of trees.
Why do places put up with tree sitters trespassing on their property? Just mace and tear gas them out. Should take 10 minutes tops.
“I’m the Lorax and I speak for the trees!”
“But I speak for Men, and human Opportunity!”
“Sports training center”
Will they use it for beheading republicans?
Hysterical hippies crying over fallen trees...
YES!! About time. The tree sitting "community organizers" will have to go get real jobs--correction, get back on welfare.
I would have LOVED to be out there yelling, “TIMMMM-BERRRRR!” every time one came crashing down!
“and at times sparred with arborists, tossing a bottle and branches toward the crews.”
So, its fine to use trees for ammunition, but not to remove them for construction?
Wonder if she would mind if I used the Mighty Oak to burn in our fireplace this winter to help keep the family warm ?
Great news to start the weekend! Thanks.
(A Boalt Alum)
UC Berkley created the idiots, let them deal with them.
Build around them. Say a reinforced concrete structure 1o feet from the tree, to above the top. Then drop several large tanks of Carbon dioxide, with the valves smashed open, down the structure.
Wait 30 minutes, then dynamite.
I'm with you actually on this. Why does a bunch of pampered chickensh*t Colleyfornian suburbanites need a 140 million dollars' worth of handball courts?
They were better of with the trees, moonbats and all.
"Leave the trees alone!"
the first one they cut down should have been the one with the smelly hippies in it!
Wow, it only took how many years? Where’s Hillary Lehr’s clown nose?
[Soon to be] classic photo.
I’m thinking a tranquilizer gun, a trampoline (or two) and a video camera.
I didn’t know that loons nest in the fall. Something must be done before they begin to breed.
That helps explain why this person looks so weird.
IMO, these trees should have been fogged with tear gas 24x7 until the Environuts moved on.
Here in Kalifornicate - one NEVER knows until "show and tell" time commences.....
These punks need to held financially responsible for the delays on this project.
Any financial assets they have should be seized for compensation. If no assets, then go for their kidneys to sell.
That video is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
Andy Fuller of Berkeley holds a sign across the street from Memorial Grove in Berkeley, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2008 as the University of California begins to clear a grove a trees next to Memorial Stadium.
Berkeley students Connor Gerson, Cory Miyamoto and Justin Sharp show thier support for the University with a sign across the street from Memorial Grove in Berkeley, Calif.