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'FOREST GREEN' SITS IN A TREE TO PROTEST

'FOREST GREEN' SITS IN A TREE TO PROTEST

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A protester who calls himself ``Forest Green' remained 50 feet up in a tree in the Sumter National Forest Sunday even though construction crews building a logging road in the area took the Labor Day weekend off.

The man, discovered Wednesday on a platform in a white pine, has weathered two thunderstorms since beginning his protest.Nothing had changed in his situation Sunday, said Larry Edmond, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

Edmond said construction crews would proceed with plans to build a logging road in the forest despite Forest Green's efforts to halt the work.

Forest Service officials say Forest Green faces possible federal charges when he comes down from his platform.

Green has been living off peanut butter sandwiches and bananas and has said he could remain on the platform for a week or so.

The protest centers on the U.S. Forest Service's plans to allow a clear-cut timber harvest, where all trees in large tracts of land are removed, in an area opponents say is environmentally sensitive.

Critics say the technique threatens the ecosystem of pristine forest areas. The Forest Service says it improves the habitat for wildlife and has long-term positive effects on forest growth.

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