Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill
The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods

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On December 18, 1999, Julia Butterfly Hill's feet touched the ground for the first time in over two years, as she descended from "Luna," a thousandyear-old redwood in Humboldt County, California.

Hill had climbed 180 feet up into the tree high on a mountain on December 10, 1997, for what she thought would be a two- to three-week-long "tree-sit." The action was intended to stop Pacific Lumber, a division of the Maxxam Corporation, from the environmentally destructive process of clear-cutting the ancient redwood and the trees around it. The area immediately next to Luna had already been stripped and, because, as many believed, nothing was left to hold the soil to the mountain, a huge part of the hill had slid into the town of Stafford, wiping out many homes.

Over the course of what turned into an historic civil action, Hill endured El Nino storms, helicopter harassment, a ten-day siege by company security guards, and the tremendous sorrow brought about by an old-growth forest's destruction. This story--written while she lived on a tiny platform eighteen stories off the ground--is one that only she can tell.

Twenty-five-year-old Julia Butterfly Hill never planned to become what some have called her--the Rosa Parks of the environmental movement. Shenever expected to be honored as one of Good Housekeeping's "Most Admired Women of 1998" and George magazine's "20 Most Interesting Women in Politics," to be featured in People magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of the Year" issue, or to receive hundreds of letters weekly from young people around the world. Indeed, when she first climbed into Luna, she had no way of knowing the harrowing weather conditions and the attacks on her and her cause. She had no idea of the loneliness she would face or that her feet wouldn't touch ground for more than two years. She couldn't predict the pain of being an eyewitness to the attempted destruction of one of the last ancient redwood forests in the world, nor could she anticipate the immeasurable strength she would gain or the life lessons she would learn from Luna. Although her brave vigil and indomitable spirit have made her a heroine in the eyes of many, Julia's story is a simple, heartening tale of love, conviction, and the profound courage she has summoned to fight for our earth's legacy.


About Julia Butterfly Hill

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Hill is a 24-year old poet and activist. She helped start the Circle of Life Foundation, an affiliate and fiscally sponored project of the Trees Foundationi. She is a frequent speaker (via cellular phone) for environmental conferences.
Published November 16, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Her treetop adventures include lightning, horrific storms, winds and cold weather, harassment by lumber company helicopters, and a siege by lumber company security guards intent on starving her out.

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In December 1997, Hill (who calls herself Julia Butterfly), 23, climbed 180 feet up a redwood tree she dubbed Luna to protest the logging of northern California's ancient redwood forests.

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I am not sure if those not already committed to such fights will be interested in this story --- but perhaps the story of Luna and its savior, Julia Butterfly Hill (all activists give themselves names to protect their identities --- Hill chose "Butterfly"), which is a very inspiring one, will enc...

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This is a pretty good example of a book that has found the right balance in the public and personal, and has found a way to make an honest picture book biography that touches on the big issues and how they formed the man as an artist without letting them take over the book itself.

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