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RAW: Woman climbs tree to save it from chainsaw

Posted at 10:41 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 22:41:42-04

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME (WMTW/CNN) - There's been a tense standoff in Maine over a tree set to be chopped down. A woman climbed up on the tree in South Portland on Tuesday, just as construction crews were on their way.

The tree is on a private lot whose owner wants to build. But Jamie Howard says the tree has a special meaning to the neighborhood and it shouldn't be cut down. 

She also says some kids nicknamed the tree "Groot," after a character from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. 

"I always said that I would, I said I would chain myself to it, but I had a ladder faster," Howard said on Tuesday.  Howard wants the lot to be turned into a park or a community area.

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