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Not be outdone in Inner Southeast seasonal tree lighting ceremonies, Eastmoreland now has one also

DAVID F. ASHTON - After climbing high into this Eastmoreland sequoia tree, a professional arborist prepared to rig and hang a string of Holiday lights. In 2015, Eastmoreland neighbors started a campaign to save three massive sequoia trees on a lot at 3656 SE Martins Street – which developer Vic Remmers, with Everett Custom Homes, wanted to remove for new construction.

A coalition banded together to buy the land to make it a public park under the name "Save The Giants" – and the group created a 501c3 non-profit organization for it (registered as "Three Sequoia Land Conservation").

"This is the third year we've decorated the trees for the Holidays here," said the nonprofit's President, Arthur Bradford, as volunteers readied strings of lights for hoisting high into the trees.

He and other volunteers were getting the lot ready for a December 10 "Holiday Tree Lighting Party", at which hot drinks and live music set the mood, and fundraising was led by handcrafted gifts and merchandise for sale, along with a raffle.

"We still need to raise roughly $130,000 to pay off all the loans on the property – and this is a daunting task for us," Bradford explained.

Find out more about Save the Giants, and help the group out if you wish, via their website – www.save-the-giants.org

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