Winberry Tree-sit:

Winberry Tree-sit

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Published by:
Michael Barkin
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
environment, forest, journalism, photography

The Winberry grove of ancient trees in the Willamette National Forest near Eugene, Oregon, USA was occupied by tree-sitters for approximately five years around the turn of the 21st century. Activists traveled to the grove in order to prevent a timber harvest. Like many tree-sits in the US dating back to the 1980's, individuals accepted legal and personal risk to physically block the cutting of trees. Difficult conditions and discomfort characterized tree-sitting in Winberry, which involved self-sustained encampments high in the trees. In 2001, the Winberry sit was a tranquil location where deep discussions and introspection were more common than confrontations with authorities. The grove was ultimately spared and can be considered a victory of committed environmentalism.

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