Atlanta woman climbs oak tree to fight its removal

ATLANTA (AP) – An Atlanta woman spent an entire day in an old oak tree to protect it from Georgia Power chain saws.

Local media outlets report that Jennifer Firestone climbed into what she says is a 100-year-old oak tree Thursday and stayed there for most of the day. Firestone and some neighbors at Cross Creek Condos in northwest Atlanta are protesting the removal of trees in the area.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Ashley Stukes says the company is cutting down the trees in connection with a large-scale infrastructure project to ensure reliability to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Neither police officers nor firefighters could talk Firestone down from the tree.

The fate of the tree is unclear. Stukes says the company will work with condo management to minimize impact to the trees through the entire project.

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