by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane
Nineteen-year-old Chiara D’Angelo safely descended tonight from 70 feet and over 40 hours in a Douglas fir tree on Bainbridge Island land slated this week for clear-cutting to build a mall.
D’Angelo was harnessed in overnight and for the better part of two days while supporters gathered around her in opposition to the destruction of nearly 8 acres of forest by commercial developer Visconsi Companies.
The exhausted but exhilarated teenager emerged from the woods and hugged her relieved mother. She told a crowd waiting in the dusk, “I didn’t go up there for those trees; I went up for this community.” She encouraged people to stay involved in the civic process.
- Tree Sitter Lands Safely
- Bainbridge Island’s Girl in a Tree Decides to Come Down
- Community Rallies Around Tree Sitter as She Faces Possible Arrest
- Bainbridge Tree Sitter Gets 24-Hour Reprieve (w/ Photo Gallery)
- Girl up a Tree to Save a Forest; Visconsi Set to Pull Her Down and Jail Her
- Crowd Gathers for Key Bank/Visconsi Protest
- Key Bank/Visconsi Forest Clearing Status + Vigil Tonight
Photos by Sarah Lane.