Tree sitter plucked, will face federal charges

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Tree protester taken from tree

Associated Press

8/7/02

MISSOULA (AP) - Workers used a cherry-picker truck to take an Earth First! protester out of a tree in the Bitterroot National Forest Tuesday after officials became concerned for her safety.

Rebecca Kay Smith, 22, was taken to Marcus Daly Hospital in Missoula for a checkup. Smith was then scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Missoula Wednesday on at least four federal charges.

Workers had to take apart the wooden platform Smith was on and cut tree limbs she had chained herself to.

"We just finally became concerned for her immediate safety, because her conversation and her movement had really declined in the past couple of days," Bitterroot National Forest spokeswoman Nan Christianson said.

Smith and Joel Wyatt climbed into the trees July 7 to protest the Little Bull and Big Bull timber sales, part of the Bitterroot Burned Area Recovery Plan. At the time, Smith and Wyatt identified themselves as Fireweed and Lupine, respectively.

Christianson said Smith, who is from Ohio, had talked regularly with forest officials until very recently, when her movements seemed to slow and she became quieter.

"We've had food and water for her here on the ground, but we were concerned that she might be getting into (physical) trouble," Christianson said.

Forest Service officials removed the protesters' food and water July 23 and began an around-the-clock watch of the protesters. Wyatt came down about a week later and was charged with violating the forest's camping policy, creating a hazard, maintaining a structure without a permit and interfering with Forest Service personnel.

Earth First! has complained that the recovery plan was illegally altered to allow ground-based logging, which would ordinarily take place in winter, to be done in the summer.

Ellen Davis, another forest spokeswoman, said Smith will face the same charges filed against Wyatt, but may also face other charges. Smith was being rehydrated at the hospital Tuesday afternoon, and Davis said she would then be transferred to the Ravalli County Detention Center.

"We do want to make sure she's healthy first," Davis said.
 

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They could have used an axe and gotten her down much more quickly.  :smile-big-blue:

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Paul
 

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He!! with the Hosiptal they should have put her in a rubber room.


But first got her down with a:chainsaw:
 

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First things firsts: "We do want to make sure she's healthy first," Davis said.
Then :chainsaw:
 


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