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Attack on Oak Grove
Extractors attack the tree sit and cut off branches and gear.
At 9:00 the university submitted a letter to Judge Miller who placed an injunction against cutting the Oak grove. Before she responded the University had arborist extractors cutting limbs off of trees. They started between 9:15 and 9:30. They cut many limbs from the redwood tree with four tee sitters in it. They were stopped from cutting more by tree sitter actions. People began to gather on the ground and decry the Universities actions and to video tape. Soon mainstream news crews were there as well. Then many limbs were cut off of two or more oak trees in the middle of the grove. Some branches were ten inches in diameter. The extractors then got their huge crane going with four people in the basket. The wet for the redwood tree and at the same time two cherry pickers with crews also attacked. Many of the extractors had pole cutters or poles with hooks. They cut down two five gallon jugs of water, several bags of food, other gear and almost succeeded in cutting down one of the platforms. They were again stopped by the heroic actions of the tree sitters.
After six hours UC Police Chief Harrison went up and spoke to the tree sitters. She said that they were done for the day.
This was a clear violation of the intent of the injunction that says that they can not cut the trees. This means, in my mind, not cut parts of the trees. They were formerly denied permission to cut branches that overhung the sidewalk. Today they said that they were just doing "strategic pruning."
I think that they wanted to make life hard on the tree sitters. More importantly they think that the injunction will hold past the first football game. This gives them a problem of how to have the grove cut off and surrounded and also get tens of thousands of fans into the game. Today they put up a fence on the southern end of the grove and will remove a piece of the fence on the west side and fans can stream through the I House parking lot. They feared people could then climb into the trees as tree sitter Jeff did some time ago. That is why they cut branches in several places to stop us from being able to climb from tree to tree to the Redwood.
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Two cherry pickers use chain saws to cut branches from the redwood.
Below the extractors in the cherry picker is a large green pile, al redwood branches that they just cut off.
Tree supporters and journalists gather in the morning hours to protest the universitie's actions.
Extractors in a cherry picker lower a chain saw to those on the ground so that they can cut up the branches they are removing.
A tree sitter stops the extractors from cutting more branches by putting his body in the way.
A tree sitter climbs to near the top of Redwood and waves a pole that he plans to use to foil attacks on the tree.
A police officer guards as a cherry picker cuts branches from oak trees.
A tree sitter climbs to the God Pod as the crane prepares for attack.
Police Chief Vicky Harrison directs as workers and police watch a cherry picker's crew cut oak limbs.
Two tree sitters watch the destruction from the now lowest branches on the tree.
Two tree sitters in the God Pod.
A worker removes metal poles in preparation for an entrance to the Stadium via the I House parking lot.
The crane towers over the redwood tree.
Tree supporters gather in the median strip.
Extractors in the crane basket attack the tree sit with pole cutters and try to cut down as much gear as possible. (some photos have power lines in them.)
Three extractors and the deputy police chief pace off against the tree sitters.
One woman is arrested for blocking traffic on the road in front of the grove.
Extractors with pole cutters go against the tree sit and tree sitters try to stop them from cutting their gear down.
Vicky Harrison speaks to the tree sitters at the end of the day.