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A historic, tree-top battle

by The 100 Companies

Environmental activism has long been a cornerstone of The University of Texas at Austin.

In October 1969, as students across the country protested the Vietnam War, the Austin campus was also up in arms – about the removal of dozens of oak and cypress trees to make way for a football stadium.

Their protest, which became known as the Battle of Waller Creek, reached a head when students literally took to the trees in protest of their destruction. The police were called, the students removed and the trees cut – but not without leaving an indelible mark of environmental activism that remains.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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