Part of Jefferson Natl Forest Closed to Keep MVP Protesters Out

Last week MDN told you about a couple of rabid antis who climbed trees in Jefferson National Forest and have perched themselves in homemade tree stands in an attempt to block tree cutting for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (see Radicals Go Up a Tree in Quest to Illegally Block MVP Construction). Time is ticking. Tree felling must happen by the end of March, or the builder (EQT Midstream) will need to wait until October to fell the trees due to a ban on cutting trees during “bat season” (don’t ask). The antis are still, literally, up a tree–still blocking tree cutting in the forest. Last week a judge issued a restraining order that instructs the tree sitters to come down. But they haven’t–not yet, anyway. Following the judge’s order, the U.S. Forest Service, in charge of Jefferson National Forest, issued an emergency closure order, closing the forest along the 3.5 miles of MVP’s path through the forest. The Forest Service is trying to prevent any more tree sitters from invading the forest and setting up what will no doubt be a police action to remove the demented tree sitters already up a tree…

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