Environment: Showdown in The Treetops

Conservation activists stage a high-altitude sit-in to save the ancient forests

The loggers who arrived for work one morning last week in Washington's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest were greeted by a strange and unexpected sight. Sitting amid the branches of three of the trees they had planned to cut that day, some 60 ft. up in the air, was a form of wildlife they had not previously encountered there: three members of the radical environmental group Earth First. They were perched precariously on narrow plywood platforms with enough food and water to last for at least a week. Dangling from the trees were two banners reading SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS and FORESTS, NOT...

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