A convicted eco-terrorist has re-emerged in a Southeast Portland neighborhood.
Tre Arrow, also known as Michael Scarpitti, climbed a 50-foot tree Sunday on SE 44th and SE Stark Street and sat there for hours, shouting about the environment.
"It's pretty nuts he's doing all this just to get a point across," said onlooker Tara Stargrove.
"I think it's great, I've got all my neighbors over here, we're serving wine and bringing our porch chairs out," said neighbor Marisa Martin.
This is the first time we have heard from, or seen, Arrow since his release from prison in June of 2009.
Arrow rose to infamy when he climbed atop a Portland building to protest a timber sale, and most recently served time for firebombing trucks at a local logging company.
Arrow refused to climb down from the tree Sunday, despite several efforts by firefighters. Crews say after getting close to Arrow he claimed he wanted media attention regarding a message about nature, and he did not want to leave the tree with the firefighters.
Crews quickly called for a representative from Project Respond, who works with mental health patients, to confirm that he was not suicidal. Once the representative was on scene, firefighters accompanied her in the bucket back up to talk with the man. It was determined that he was not suicidal, nor was he a danger to himself or others.
"Our number one priority is safety. Once we determined the man was not suicidal we did not want to take any action that could cause harm to him or to firefighters." said Chief Dan Buckner.
After finally climbing down from the tree, Arrow told FOX 12 he stepped back into the public eye to redirect the Occupy Portland movement.
"When we think about the 99 percent, we need to think about every tree, every plant and every animal. If you occupy the heart, then you get connected to what's important. You realize this earth is worth protecting and saving."
Arrow says until a change is made, he plans to continue to find extreme ways to make his voice heard.
"You can look for me in the trees, I will see you soon."
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