There's only one thing worse than a tree-hugger -- and that's a nude tree-hugger.
About 75 folks at the University of California, Berkeley disrobed over the weekend and mounted eucalyptus trees.
All part of a protest directed at the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- they say the trees pose a fire hazard and need to come down.
“This is a war on trees,” wildlife activist Jack Gescheidt told Campus Reform.
The demonstration was organized by a group Gescheidt founded -- The Tree Spirit Project. Their mission is “to raise awareness of the critical role trees play in our lives, both globally and personally.”
And part of their schtick is to commune with nature while frolicking buck naked in the wilderness.
The federal government doesn’t seem to be swayed by the protest.
BerkeleySide.com reports that FEMA provided $5.7 million for California to remove the trees as part of a fire hazard abatement in Claremont Canyon.
That region was devastated by a deadly fire in 1991. Twenty-five people were killed, 150 injured and more than 3,300 homes were incinerated.
But Gescheidt doesn’t believe trees cause forest fires.
“The claim about trees being flammable is nonsense,” he told Campus Reform. “All living trees and forests are fire resistant.”
So how does he roast marshmallows without a campfire? Maybe he uses tofu and wheatgrass. I hear that stuff is pretty combustible.
Reaction to the nude protest was muted. One critic said the protesters were “about as hot as you’d expect.”
I heard about a guy from Yazoo City, Miss., who was into that tree hugging malarkey. He dropped his drawers and high-tailed it up an oak tree covered in kudzu.
There was one problem, though. That poor fellow couldn't tell the difference between kudzu and poison ivy.
It proves my theory that there are just some things you should not do if you're buck naked -- like shimmy up a tree -- or fry bacon.