Category Archives: tree sit

Dave Cooper takes Treesitter on Tour

During the first half of the month of November, Dave Cooper took me on a New England tour with his Mountaintop Removal Roadshow. We visited Columbia University, Skidmore College, Salem State College, Eastern University, Emerson College, College of the Atlantic, and Green Mountain College, recruiting new activists and raising critical funds. Dave has been doing […]

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Skidmore’s Integrity Board Hearing

Friday morning at 9:30, I walked into Skidmore’s Residential Life conference room to begin the hearing that would decide whether or not the tree sit violated Skidmore’s Honor Code and Student Codes of Conduct.  Several days prior I had received a packet of information, including a piece of paper asking me to mark if I […]

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Letter writing to Skidmore

Hey all, First off, just wanted to give a quick update about my status hearing, which happened earlier today. I met with my public defender for about fifteen minutes and told her that I wont take a deal and am taking this to trial.  She met with the prosecutor and all went well–just awaiting the […]

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Down but not done …

Catherine Ann spent  30 days living in an oak tree in bee tree holler on Coal River Mountain.  On day 30, limited resources necessitated that she descend and continue the fight against strip mining from the ground.   She began her decent in the morning, in the evening she was charged with trespassing and conspiracy and was released on her own […]

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Catherine Ann is Released!

After 30 days of living 80 feet up in an oak tree halting blasting above Bee Tree holler on Coal River Mountain, Catherine Ann has descended from her tree and is heading home. She spent most of the day packing up and carrying down her stuff from the trees in attempts to haul it out […]

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Tree-sit Concludes After Thirty Days of Blocking Work on Coal River Mountain

RAMPS Campaign Vows to Continue Fighting to Save the Mountain Marfork, W.Va.–Catherine-Ann MacDougal is descending her oak tree on Coal River Mountain that she has lived in for the past month in protest of strip mining, and police have been notified.  MacDougal, an activist with the RAMPS Campaign, had been in the oak tree on […]

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26 Days in the Trees!

Catherine-Ann is still going strong after 25 days. She says “The more time goes by, the fainter grows my desire for the luxuries of the ground, and the more comfortable i become with this peaceful, contemplative life in a tree.” She is enjoying all the creatures she has seen! Yesterday she was once again graced […]

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Finishing Up Week 3!

Today marks the end of the third week of the tree-sit on Coal River Mountain.  Catherine-Ann remains in her oak tree in good spirits and with no plans to come down. As Catherine-Ann stops blasting in Bee Tree hollow, locals are gearing up for the permit hearing this evening on the renewal of the Bee […]

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Living in Trees and Fighting Injustice

Becks Kolins writes about fighting to protect the Coal River Watershed and their experience coming down from living 80 feet up in a poplar tree, being arrested and taken into the jail system. Becks spent 14 days in the trees with Catherine Ann, who still remains in her tree and intends to stay put. Becks plans […]

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Day 15: Update from Becks

I am officially down from the tulip poplar I was living in for the past 2 weeks. After a long day yesterday, I was released without bail on my own recognizance–something we never would have imagined happening. Immediately following my descent from the tree, I was arrested by WV State Police and taken to Whitesville […]

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