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Tue Mar 3 2015 (Updated 03/15/15)
UC's Capital Projects Races to Remove Trees to Make Way for Development
Community in Mourning After UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum
Early in the morning on February 26, sixty trees were cut down on the southern acreage of the Gill Tract. The UC’s move to begin clearing the way for their proposed housing and shopping complex came as a shock to farmers and neighbors, as there is an active lawsuit on appeal in the county courts, contesting the development’s detrimental environmental impact. Knowing the community would mobilize to defend the trees, the UC hired a huge demolition team, cutting down the trees with lightening speed. The last trees were in the process of being destroyed at 9am, as farm supporters arrived. In response, students and community gathered outside the office of Capital Projects, the department in charge of property development. The effort to convince Sprouts grocery store not to pave over and build on the land continues.

“UC Berkeley’s determination to develop the Gill Tract at all costs reveals the privatization of a university that is not meeting the needs of or representing its students or community. This has been a 20 year struggle, one that does not end with the destruction of trees. The Gill Tract has been suddenly and violently altered, but our courage to envision more fuels our fight to defend this soil,” said Camille Fassett.

video photo Read More | TakeBacktheTract.com

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