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Tree Sitter dies in fall [Earth First! alert]
Sacramento Bee ^ | 11:35 a.m. PDT Thursday, October 10, 2002 | AP

Posted on 10/10/2002 12:23:44 PM PDT by timpad

Edited on 04/12/2004 5:45:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

CORRALITOS, Calif.(AP) - A man with the environmental activist group Earth First! has died after a 50-foot fall from a redwood tree in which he'd lived for several weeks.

Rescue personnel were called to the scene of a logging operation in the Ramsey Gulch area about 20-miles south of San Jose on Tuesday night after loggers heard moans coming from the area where a group of tree-sitters has been camped since August, the group said. It was unclear how long the injured man had been on the ground.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: barefeet; berkenstocks; earthfirst; enviralists; genepoolcleaner; greens; holdmuhlatte; holdmuhpotpipe; kumbayaaaaaaaaaaaaah; notawaste; smellydreadlocks; treesitter
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1 posted on 10/10/2002 12:23:44 PM PDT by timpad
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To: timpad
"from the area where a group of tree-sitters has been camped since August

How do these people make a living? Who pays their way through life?

2 posted on 10/10/2002 12:26:04 PM PDT by drc43
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To: timpad
So if a tree-sitter falls in the forest you do hear him. Otherwise he wouldn't have been rescued. I'm sorry he died but Darwin was right.
3 posted on 10/10/2002 12:26:17 PM PDT by Lady Jag
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To: sciencediet
We need to ban trees. They're dangerous.

Who do you sue in a case like this?
4 posted on 10/10/2002 12:27:25 PM PDT by mbynack
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To: drc43
Someone is obviously supplying them w/ food and water.

The owners and/or rightsholders of the land should simply prevent trespassing.
5 posted on 10/10/2002 12:28:16 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: mbynack
Who do you sue in a case like this?

I nominate Julia Hill, she inspired this guy.

6 posted on 10/10/2002 12:29:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: timpad
Now that is a dedicated environmentalist! He decided to end his own contribution of CO2 and global warming.
7 posted on 10/10/2002 12:29:32 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: timpad
He's fertilizer now.
8 posted on 10/10/2002 12:29:45 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: Guillermo
Actually, lets encourage more of this. This could be a great ending to a plague in the US.
9 posted on 10/10/2002 12:29:58 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: timpad
Isn't this the second time an environut fell and died in the past year?
10 posted on 10/10/2002 12:30:27 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: sciencediet
I'm sorry he died but Darwin was right.

So was Sir Isacc Newton.

11 posted on 10/10/2002 12:30:49 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: timpad
It wasn't the fall that killed him. It was the sudden stop at the ground.

Seriously, though, I think we need some meaningful, common-sense tree-control legislation.

12 posted on 10/10/2002 12:31:10 PM PDT by Gurn
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To: timpad
He didn't hit the Earth First!

He hit several branches on the way down.

13 posted on 10/10/2002 12:31:13 PM PDT by gridlock
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To: mbynack
He should probably sue his parents for shorting him on brain cells...if he lived.
14 posted on 10/10/2002 12:31:42 PM PDT by Lady Jag
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To: Redcloak
In the interest of Mother Earth, they should have covered him with quick lime and dirt and he could have become plant food for that big Redwood.
15 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:13 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: timpad
Did he bounce?
16 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:13 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: gridlock
both of them likely ("hold mah pipe" alert)
17 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:18 PM PDT by DETAILER
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To: Guillermo
I agree. From a thread earlier today:

It was the tree sitter that initiated force when he trespassed. Self-defense force used to remove the tree sitter would be to defend ones property rights. Judge Yonts willfully violated the property owner's rights by catering to the criminal. He may even be partially responsible for the tree sitters death. Tree-sitter injured in fall from redwood

18 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:25 PM PDT by Zon
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To: timpad
Timberrrrrrrrr!
19 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:30 PM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: gridlock; Tennessee_Bob
HA!!
20 posted on 10/10/2002 12:32:32 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: DETAILER
Cut down that tree so that no man may suffer the same fate. Cut it down at once.

But seriously folks, this tree is going to become a wiccan mecca.
21 posted on 10/10/2002 12:33:29 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: TheDon
BWAHAHAHAHAHA
22 posted on 10/10/2002 12:33:39 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: timpad
They should leave his body there for tree fertilizer.
23 posted on 10/10/2002 12:33:42 PM PDT by finnman69
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To: Willie Green
So was Sir Isacc Newton.

They need to repeal the Law of Gravity.

24 posted on 10/10/2002 12:34:01 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: 1Old Pro
Yep, I think the last one was a woman.
25 posted on 10/10/2002 12:34:07 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: tom paine 2
I hope that he didn't frighten any innocent woodland creatures as he flew past them.
26 posted on 10/10/2002 12:34:40 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: finnman69
Let the owls eat him. That would be the right thing to do.
27 posted on 10/10/2002 12:34:44 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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28 posted on 10/10/2002 12:35:43 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: timpad
OK. So, a tree-sitter walkes into a bar...get it?
29 posted on 10/10/2002 12:36:03 PM PDT by SkunkPunk
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To: timpad


30 posted on 10/10/2002 12:36:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: drc43
This is the part that gets me:

Rescue personnel were called to the scene of a logging operation in the Ramsey Gulch area about 20-miles south of San Jose on Tuesday night after loggers heard moans coming from the area where a group of tree-sitters has been camped since August, the group said. It was unclear how long the injured man had been on the ground.

In other words, there were other Earth Firsters around, but they wouldn't give up their place in the tree to save this guy. The life of the tree was more important.

Careful what "friends" you choose....

31 posted on 10/10/2002 12:36:23 PM PDT by seamus
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Let the owls eat him. That would be the right thing to do.

Or bury him by the tree... he'd make good manure?

32 posted on 10/10/2002 12:36:31 PM PDT by DETAILER
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To: Redcloak
But seriously...

Bad things happen to those who do bad things themselves. This guy was stealing lumber, plain and simple.
33 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:09 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: timpad
She [Butterfly Hill] came down in 1999 after Pacific Lumber Co. agreed to leave the tree standing in return for $50,000 to make up for lost logging revenue.

As a follow up, Butterfly called her tree - "Luna." Not long after she came down from "Luna" someone made some serious cuts on "Luna" and almost killed the tree. I'm surprised no one called this a "hate" crime. (Yipes! I might give these tree huggers some ideas.)

34 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:23 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: timpad
Hold muh dirt an watch this.
35 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:29 PM PDT by dangermouse
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To: timpad
wasn't there a line in the movie "Toy Story".........Ooouuchh gravity works!
36 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:41 PM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: mbynack
How about a tree-sitting tax? The proceeds will be aimed at tree-sitting cessation programs.
37 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:46 PM PDT by Huck
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To: timpad
I guess it's just that time of year.


38 posted on 10/10/2002 12:37:57 PM PDT by steveo
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To: timpad
Another reason to BAN GRAVITY If it saves just ONE life....
39 posted on 10/10/2002 12:38:07 PM PDT by Puppage
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To: timpad
We need more tree huggers like this. Stupid bumps on a log....pardon the pun....
40 posted on 10/10/2002 12:38:38 PM PDT by sonserae
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To: steveo
I guess it's just that time of year.

Kinda like acorns falling out of the trees?

41 posted on 10/10/2002 12:39:19 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: NEWwoman
They need to repeal the Law of Gravity.

Yes, apparently the Liberals haven't found a way around that law yet. It has to go.

42 posted on 10/10/2002 12:40:44 PM PDT by Caipirabob
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To: DETAILER
August 30th, 2002

ALERT! Ramsey Gulch Under Attack Again!

Redwood Empire is back to plunder more of the Ramsey Gulch forest, with the help of the CA Department of Forestry, which approved the plan over the objections of Santa Cruz County, the Watsonville Water Board, and the Department of Fish & Game.

Ready to greet the chainsaws and bulldozers with compassion and steadfast commitment to the forest, Earth First! activists are once again occupying the upper canopy of redwoods and douglas firs on the steep, erosive slopes of Ramsey Gulch. To sustain the Ramsey II tree-sit village, we need your help – whether by climbing up to sit in a platform, hiking in supplies to tree-sitting ewoks, or by donating money, food, climbing gear, or other crucial forest defense components. Every little bit helps – together we can topple Redwood Empire before it topples the last of the towering trees of our beloved Santa Cruz mountains.

Press Release: August 19th 2002

Santa Cruz Earth First! Action Update - Ramsey 2 Treesit Starts Against Redwood Empire


A tree-village has been established in the Ramsey 2 Timber Harvest Plan (THP) in southeastern Santa Cruz county in California. Located at the southern end of the contiguous Coastal Redwood belt that stretches south from Oregon, the treesits, called Critter and Free, were setup on Friday, the 16th of August by activists with Santa Cruz Earth First! (SCEF!) This area has been the scene of some of the worst logging in recent Santa Cruz county history and two years ago was the site of the first treesit in the county...
43 posted on 10/10/2002 12:40:57 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Redcloak
Guess they didn't have a tree surgeon nearby.
44 posted on 10/10/2002 12:41:00 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Puppage
Another reason to BAN GRAVITY If it saves just ONE life....

You have gravitas, my friend.

45 posted on 10/10/2002 12:41:22 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: timpad
Mr. Darwin does not like tree-sitters.
46 posted on 10/10/2002 12:44:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: Redcloak
He's fertilizer now.

Maybe the tree killed him for food? That would mean the guy was really far down the food chain...

47 posted on 10/10/2002 12:44:22 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: timpad
OSHA needs to be called in. Those tree sitters are working in unsafe conditions. The loss ratio is very high.

Of course, what does one expect from a splinter group.
48 posted on 10/10/2002 12:45:40 PM PDT by exit82
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To: NEWwoman
Why, thank you.
49 posted on 10/10/2002 12:46:48 PM PDT by Puppage
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To: Huck
How about a tree-sitting tax? The proceeds will be aimed at tree-sitting cessation programs.

Indeed. Also, the state needs to look into this unregulated enterprise. We need standards for tree-sitters. And they should be required by the state to hold and official tree-sitting liscence, which would be obtained only after they complete a tree-sitting safety course.

50 posted on 10/10/2002 12:46:50 PM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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