The last of a group of students who had been occupying a grove of trees on the University of California Santa Cruz campus abandoned their protest site on Saturday. The protesters had been sitting in on three platforms in the redwood and oak grove since November 2007 to block construction of a biomedical facility on the site.

Three of the four protesters left the site before police arrived on Saturday morning, and the fourth was taken into custody. By noon the site had been fenced off and university employees were preparing to begin work cutting down the trees.