It’s safe to say that George H. Russell has a different relationship with trees than many people. It’s not just that he’s an advocate for trees; they are part of his religion, according to a federal complaint he filed in U.S. District Court in Houston July 14.

What’s the buzz? As alleged in the complaint in Russell v. Altom, et al., Russell was arrested after interfering with a tree-trimming crew that was working on power lines after Hurricane Ike in 2008 in his neighborhood in Huntsville, Texas. He was later indicted for six felony charges for disruption of gas, electric, or water services by picketing, threats or intimidation. Those charges were later dismissed, according to the complaint.

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