Once again, the Save Oroville Trees people gathered in the early morning darkness in front of the Oroville Cemetery. It was a last effort to save their Heritage Trees. To make sure law, order, and safety prevailed, the “authorities” called for the following city forces to be present: Oroville police, Oroville fire dept. and paramedics. PG&E hired some rent-a-cops, traffic control guys, a fence crew and, of course, a large crew of out of town tree cutters. Many PG&E officials were on hand.
Eleven people were handcuffed, cited and released. One woman, however, chose to go back into the fenced-off area and lay down under one of the trees. She was arrested and taken to the county jail.
By the time this blogger went home at 5:00PM, nine trees still stood – but with all their upper limbs lopped off. You could hardly call them trees anymore, let alone Heritage Trees.