Chiara D’Angelo, 19, climbed to her perch early Monday and told the Kitsap Sun she was comfortable with the idea of being arrested for trespassing.
D’Angelo is a 2013 Bainbridge High School graduate studying environmental justice at Western Washington University.
The developer plans to cut about 800 trees for an 8-acre shopping center.
Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner says he hopes to resolve the situation without an arrest.
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