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Woman refuses to leave tree in protest

November 4, 2019

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An activist has been told that she has until Friday to climb down from a tree and end her protest against extending a Columbia nature trail.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Sutu Forte climbed the red oak Oct. 28 and has stayed there amid her concerns about forest destruction.

On Monday, Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department climbed into the tree and told Forte of the Friday deadline. Meanwhile, police brought her a sandwich. She thanked officers for treating her with kindness.

But Forte says that earlier Monday, deputies turned off generators she had used to keep warm.

Forte has said she will not come down on her own.

A small group of supporters gathered Monday, some holding signs opposing use of eminent domain for the trail project.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com