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Tree-sitter dead after fall from tree in Corralitos
The Associated Press
Published 11:35 a.m. PDT Thursday, October 10, 2002
CORRALITOS, Calif.(AP) - A man with the environmental activist group Earth First! has died after a 50-foot fall from a redwood tree in which he'd lived for several weeks.

Rescue personnel were called to the scene of a logging operation in the Ramsey Gulch area about 20-miles south of San Jose on Tuesday night after loggers heard moans coming from the area where a group of tree-sitters has been camped since August, the group said. It was unclear how long the injured man had been on the ground.

It took workers a half-hour to hike to the scene. The man, who was believed to have a broken arm and leg, was transported by helicopter to a San Jose hospital.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office confirmed Thursday morning the man was dead, but said he had not been identified.

Earth First! said the man had been sitting on a platform in the tree for several weeks. Apparently he had spent time in forests of Northern California, but the group said he never had tree sat before.

Earth First! activists have protested logging operations by San Jose-based Redwood Empire in the Ramsey Gulch area for more than two years. Although protesters and the logging company have been at odds at times, Redwood Empire issued a statement Wednesday saying its employees were saddened by the death.

Tree sitters can spend months camped on platforms in old-growth trees, hoping to call attention to the environmental effects of logging. In perhaps the most famous incident, Julia "Butterfly" Hill spent two years in a redwood in Northern California to save it from being cut down for lumber.

She came down in 1999 after Pacific Lumber Co. agreed to leave the tree standing in return for $50,000 to make up for lost logging revenue.
 

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And accourding to the Santa Clara corners office the guy was 25 yrs old and from Salt Lake City UT. He had told Earth First that he had tree sitting experiance. He had been in the tree 12 hrs when he fell out. Most sitters are taught to stay 2 months. Maybe this guy should have stayed in Utah and practiced floating in the Great Salt Lake.


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Apparantly this fellow was too stupid to think of using a safety strap. Darwin works in mysterious ways...
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