“Compromise is not applicable,” Sutu Forté said Wednesday, from a wooden platform heated with electric blankets and covered in tarps to shield her from hail and sleet. “How could there be a compromise if this is to remain the Columbia Wilderness Sanctuary?”

Forté, who scaled a red oak Monday to protest the city’s proposed Rollins-Old 63 trail connector, said only two things will get her to come down — a phone call from Mayor Brian Treece and a delay in the trail construction. She wants a citywide vote in April so taxpayers can decide the fate of the forest she has sworn to protect.

  • Public Health and Safety reporter, fall 2020 Studying investigative journalism Reach me at xmncvc@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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