MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. -- You’ve probably heard the term tree hugger before, but what do you call someone who loves a tree so much they make it their home?
“They call me Echo,” said 19-year-old tree sitter Echo Glynn atop an 80-foot Douglas fir on Monday, “It’s because I can be really, really loud when I want to.”
Glynn said she will stay in the tree for one week in solidarity with the local Occupy Trees movement in Eugene.
“I’ve got everything I need,” said Glynn as she sat in her make-shift shelter, “water, food and there’s my pillow.”
Glynn is one of a handful of activist with another group called Cascadia Forest Defenders who want to send a message about a pending timber sale near McKenzie Bridge.
“I want to bring awareness to the logging that's going to start happening,” said Glynn.
The tree Glynn will be staying in is one among a 2,000-acre chunk of national forest land called Golden Goose, land that would be subject to commercial logging.
“I want to save the trees so very badly,” said Glynn.
The auction will be held at the US Forest Service Supervisor’s Office in Springfield at 10 a.m. on Saturday.