Protesters abandon Sierra County tree sit |

Protesters abandon Sierra County tree sit

A tree-sit that prevented Sierra Pacific Industries from logging three large, old trees along the Pacific Crest Trail in Sierra County has ended.

Environmental activists, including some from Nevada County, staged a tree-sit in late August to protect what they described as a grove of old-growth trees that SPI marked for logging near Milton Creek.

In mid-September, loggers working for SPI cut down trees surrounding the tree-sitter, but left a Douglas fir, in which the protester was perched on a plywood platform, and two nearby trees connected by a climbing rope from which the tree-sitter could suspend himself.

But the tree-sit is over, said Ed Barnes, a Nevada City-based state forester who was in the Sierra City area Wednesday and saw helicopters removing trees SPI had cut.

A forester who works for SPI told Barnes that the tree-sitters have left.

“He told me that yes, the tree-sitters are out of the trees and gone,” said Barnes. He didn’t know exactly when the tree-sit ended.

The tree-sitters left behind two plywood platforms, garbage and other items, Barnes said. He packed out the garbage.

As far as Barnes is concerned, SPI could still cut the three trees that loggers spared in September, but doesn’t know if it will. He said SPI’s finished logging the area and is removing felled trees.

SPI will also spruce up the Pacific Crest Trail in spots where felled trees landed on it.

Attempts Thursday to contact SPI officials and the tree-sitters were unsuccessful.

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