Activist, arsonist Tre Arrow found yelling in Portland tree

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Fire and Rescue checked on a man who they said climbed 40 feet up a tree in Southeast Portland Sunday afternoon and was shouting that he was environmental activist and arsonist Tre Arrow.

Firefighters arrived at the tree near SE 44th Avenue and Stark Street at 4:30 p.m.

They used a truck ladder to talk to the man, who claimed he wanted media attention on his message of loving nature and the trees, firefighters said.

They determined he was not suicidal and had permission from the property owner to climb the tree, so firefighters left the area at 5:47 p.m.

Firefighters said the man's girlfriend confirmed that he was Tre Arrow.

Arrow gained fame for a protest stunt in 2000, when he sat on a narrow ledge for a week at the Portland office of the U.S. Forest Service.

He was sentenced to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to setting fire to cement and logging trucks in Estacada, Ore. in 2001.

Arrow, whose legal name is Michael James Scarpitti, accepted a plea deal in the case. He was released from prison in 2009.