Category Archives: tree sit

Tree-Sit on Coal River Mountain Continues after One Sitter Arrested

UPDATED 5:00 pm 8.2.11:  Becks Kolins has been released without bail after being charged with trespassing, conspiracy and littering. Marfork, W.Va. – Becks Kolins, who has been occupying a tree on the Bee Tree permit on Coal River Mountain for the last two weeks, descended the tree voluntarily and was arrested this afternoon by the […]

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Update After Day 12

Monday marks 13 days in the trees for Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal.  They remain in high spirits, their main hardship seems to be staying occupied on their small platforms day after day.  They have been spending time at one another’s platforms, and earlier this week received strong enough cell phone service to do […]

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YOU ARE GREAT! THANKS!

We are on Day 12 of a tree sit on Coal River Mountain, thanks to all of us! RAMPS would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in a myriad of ways.  So many folks have given us their time, words, thoughts, money, and material goods to make sure […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain: Day Ten Update

Day Ten of Coal River Mountain Tree Sit As of today, the tree-sit on Coal River Mountain has become the longest tree-sit in West Virginia history. Becks Kolins and Catherine Ann MacDougal have been in their trees for ten days and are determined to remain, despite the extreme heat and bugs. Although the tree-sit itself […]

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Recap of the Tree Sit So Far

Becks and Catherine-Ann have been in their trees for a full week and one day now.  They have weathered severe heat, thunderstorms, and biting insects, but they remain resolute and in high spirits.  They are determined to remain in the trees for as long as they can.  They have succeeded in halting most work and […]

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Tree-Sit Halting Blasting on Coal River Mountain Enters Eighth Day

Sitters Call for End of Strip Mining in Coal River Watershed Marfork, W.Va. – Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins, two protesters associated with the RAMPS Campaign, continue to occupy trees on the Bee Tree surface mine, where they have been stopping work on the mine site since last Wednesday. Their direct supporters, Elias Schewel and […]

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Open Letter to Alpha Natural Resources

The following open letter from the tree sitters (Catherine-Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins) and their ground support (Elias Schewel and Junior Walk) is part of an ongoing dialogue between the RAMPS Campaign, local residents, and Alpha Natural Resources.  Two months ago, the RAMPS Campaign organized a meeting between eight local residents,  including Junior, and Alpha […]

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“Putting My Body in the Way”

Post-Arrest Statement from Junior Walk Some folks would like to say that me getting myself arrested to help get this tree sit up was a selfless or heroic action. I know better than that. I did what I did for selfish reasons: my water, my family, my land, my people. The brave young activists that […]

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Tree Sit on Coal River Mountain – Day Five Update

Coal River Mountain Tree Sit Continues Through Day 5! Catherine Ann MacDougal and Becks Kolins continue to sit 80 feet up in their trees, halting mining in a large portion of the Bee Tree Permit on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia. The sitters had a beautiful morning of cool breezes, followed by thunderstorms this […]

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Honoring Judy Bonds

“I want you to notice nature, how geese are in flight and they form a V in a leadership role…The lead goose, when he gets tired of flapping his wings, he drops to the back and the next goose comes up front. Without stopping, without fussing, without whining. He becomes that next leader, he or […]

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