- Posted April 22, 2011 by
los Angeles, California
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Calif.'Tree Sitters' face Criminal Charges on Earth Day-Daryl Hannah & Ed Begley Jr. lend Support
- nancyt3, CNN iReport producer
In Los Angels, California a Press Conference was held outside of D.A. Steve Cooley's downtown office. Actress Daryl Hannah and Ed Begley Jr. came out to offer their support.
Four "tree sitters", also known as Arcadia 4, were arrested while trying to stop the destruction of the last remaining woodland habitat, at the mouth of Big Santa Anita Canyon in Arcadia, California.
On January 12th, 2011, LA County Dept. of Public Works, (DPW), destroyed 11 acres of Arcadia Woodlands. The purpose of the DPW's destruction of this old growth forest was to make room for a sediment disposal site. Protestors joined forces to try and stop this unnecessary destruction of old growth trees.
The Arcadia 4; John Quigley, Julia Jaye Posin, Travis Jochimsen, and Andrea Bowers were all arrested and brought to the LA. county jail "on a watch commanders hold" Quigley stated. They were held overnight. They are being prosecuted by D.A. Steve Cooley and charged on many counts, including trespassing, & resisting arrest.
Julia Posin described their efforts that day: "As a last act of defense, four of us climbed into 11 plus acres of old growth forest in hopes of protecting these sacred woodlands" They remained in the trees for over 16 hours. "We watched the entire forest be decimated" she said.
A real life AVATAR, the destruction could not be stopped. With an ironic twist, the Arcadia 4 will go to their pre trail on Friday April 22, which happens to be EARTH DAY.While many people will plant a tree in honor of Earth Day others feel the need to protect the trees that are already here.
The press Conference was also held to draw public attention to 5 other endangered wildlands in Southern California. The protestors are hoping that the devastation in Arcadia Woodlands will help stop the other wildland areas that are threatened. Immediate action is needed. Aliso Canyon is scheduled for May.
Other Areas Under Threat Are:
La Tuna Canyon cuts through the Verdugo Mountains from Montrose to Burbank. The DPW owns an entire tributary canyon consisting of three forks situated at the upper end of La Tuna Canyon. This Canyon, which is visible from La Tuna Canyon Road, contains over sixty mature oak trees and some historic cabin sites. The DPW was planning to wipe out this pristine urban wilderness to create a new sediment dump under the same “Emergency Declaration” as they were using at the HWP. On a recent hike into this beautiful canyon, it was discovered that the DPW had already hammered “Death Tags” into all of the resident oak trees. These are the same death tags used to identify the doomed oaks within the Arcadia Woodlands.
This is a fascinating case of “loving” nature to death. A powerful coalition of water districts and government agencies is attempting to build a $22 million taxpayer funded water museum and huge parking lot within this untouched natural area. This project is intended to benefit water district executives and agency officials who seem to believe that the destruction of nature is necessary to teach children to value it.
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