Warrant issued for City Park tree-sitting protester

Warrant issued for City Park tree-sitting protester

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two protesters have been living in a tree that's been earmarked for destruction in the footprint of the new golf course planned for City Park.

They are opposed to the tearing down of over 100 trees. One of the protesters came down at 3 p.m. Tuesday and was not arrested. A warrant has been issued for the second, identified as Lloyd Boover, who refuses to come down.

When asked over the phone if he is willing to be arrested, Boover replied "I am, why not?"

He along with the other protester say that the land, which has been open since Katrina, should be accessible to everyone, even though it served as a golf course, before the storm.

"It kind of reminds me of Lorax," said protester Tony Sce. "Nature is important to adult, and kids."

Park officials say they have planted 6,000 trees since Katrina and they have done everything they can to minimize the destruction of other trees, needed for the golf course.

"For a modern course, it is necessary to take down trees, but a third are invasive...Chinese tallow trees," said Bob Becker, CEO of City Park.

The protesters say that they are prepared to stay as long as it takes. Park officials say that the protest won't hold up, construction.

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