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Protester scales Douglas fir to save old trees in SE Portland

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At a vacant lot on the corner of Southeast 41st and Clinton Street, chunks of huge fir trees rest in the dirt. It’s what’s left of two old growth trees cut down on Saturday to make way for new houses. 

The property is owned by Everett Homes and Portland city officials say they have the necessary permits to cut down two more trees. However, not if neighbors have anything to say about it.
“I live really close by. I can see these trees out my bedroom window," said Elizabeth Bennett. 
That’s what Bennett told FOX 12 over the phone as she dangled in one of the trees, 50 feet off the ground. With other protesters cheering her on, Bennett hoisted herself onto a branch at 7 a.m. Monday and stayed there until 2 p.m. 

She feels the city needs to implement better protection for old growth trees.
“Our goal is to take this opportunity to say we don’t want this happening anymore," said Bennett. “And what can we learn and how can we change the tree code to prevent it from happening again.”
A spokesman with the city’s Bureau of Development Services says Everett Homes secured the permits in July and cutting down the trees is in accordance with city code. Officials won’t say when crews could be cutting down the trees. 

No one from Everett Homes responded to FOX 12’s phone calls.

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