Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 18 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Interview with a Tree-sitter

Author 513617
Message Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)
Photo:  View from the tree-sit (Photo courtesy Redwood Forest Defense)
Photo: View from the tree-sit (Photo courtesy Redwood Forest Defense)
(Image by Kollibri terre Sonnenblume)
  Details   DMCA
strong>

On June 9th and 12th, I interviewed Lupine, a tree-sitter who is currently participating in a Redwood Forest Defense campaign to stop logging at a site in Humboldt County, California. We spoke on the phone, and though we were disconnected several times by a weak signal, we were able to have a great conversation. Tree-sitters have always been heroes to me, and I really appreciated the chance to connect with someone from the newest generation to be out there fighting the good fight.

What follows is a partial transcript, edited for clarity. You can listen to the entire interview here.

Kollibri: So where did I reach you? Are you up in the tree today?"

Lupine: Yes

Kollibri: What's the view like from up there?

Lupine: The tree I'm in is kind of in the middle of the grove of trees that are still standing. So, it's nice. There's Redwoods on one side and a grove of Red Alders on the other side. The clearcut is a little bit down the hill. It's like 50 or 60 feet away and I can see it. And I can see the ocean from here. If I climb to the top of the tree, I can see pretty far south. I think I'm seeing Arcata Bay.

Kollibri: Wow, that's a beautiful view. I mean, except for the clearcut.

Lupine: Totally. Yeah, the clearcut is a trip. It means we have really good sunsets here because there's a really open view, but it also amplifies the freeway noise, and it itself is really horrible to witness.

Kollibri: So you've had the tree-sit up since about April 1, I believe?

Lupine: Yeah, that's right. It's not a joke. It's been 70 days today.

Kollibri: That was when Green Diamond, the local company, started to come in and log?

Lupine: They started logging out here in March and we discovered at the end of March and we set this up in response. Green Diamond does own a lot of land in this area but they are a massive corporation and they own-as you might be aware since you spent time in Oregon-they own many many acres of land in Oregon and Washington as well.

Kollibri: I've spent quite a bit of time in Humboldt & Mendocino counties over the last five years, working on farms there, so I'm kind of familiar with the area, but I hadn't actually heard of Green Diamond before. So that's private land you're on?

Lupine: That's right. These are private timber lands. Green Diamond owns hundreds of acres in Humboldt County, a lot of it in northern Humboldt County" This land is an indigenous village site named Tsurai and the closest settler town is now known as Trinidad.

Kollibri: "What kind of forest is it around there?

Lupine: It's a really beautiful mixed forest. A lot of it has been logged before. North of us is the protected Redwood National Park. The timberlands that we are here on is all second and third growth. It's Redwood dominant, but it's a mixed forest, so there's Sitka Spruce, Douglasfir, Red Alder, and regionally endemic Prickle Cone Pine.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume's articles are republished from his website Macska Moksha.  He is a writer, photographer, tree hugger, animal lover, and dissident.



Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Chilling Arrest of Max Blumenthal

Democrats: To Beat Trump, You Need to Buck Your Leadership

Climate Change: Why is it so often "sooner than predicted"?

The Teachable Moment of the Greta Thunberg Phenomena

Unplowed Tallgrass Prairie: Rarer Than Old-Growth Forest

The Seattle WTO Uprising & the Indymedia Movement, Twenty Years Later

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: