Heart Of A Heroine: Saving The Last Redwoods with Julia Butterfly Hill

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Julia 'Butterfly' Hill's remarkable and triumphant 738 day tree-sit atop the 1,000 year old, 200 foot tall redwood tree she named "Luna", ended December 18, 1999, when she negotiated a deal to save the ancient tree with Pacific Lumber, a division of the Maxxam Corporation, who owns the land on which "Luna" stands. Hill's exuberant and life-affirming spirit along with her fierce dedication to "Luna" and the eco-system are empowering and energizing, reminding us all what life and love are all about. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Julia Butterfly Hill is a writer, poet and an activist, and the founder of the Circle of Life Foundation.

She is the author of:

  • A Legacy of Luna (HarperSanFranciso 2000)
  • One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World (HarperSanFrancisco 2002)

To learn more about the work of Julia Butterfly Hill go to www.circleoflifefoundation.org.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The power of what a single committed human being can accomplish
  • What led Hill to climb a 200 foot redwood treeóand stay for two years
  • How Hill braved 90 mph winds, scare tactics, helicopter harassment, potential starvation, and "climber Dan"
  • Hill's moving story of her first in-person meeting with John Campbell, President of Pacific Lumber
  • The benefits, blessings and challenges Hill found through living in isolation
  • How finding common ground with our opponents helps resolve differences
  • The symbiotic relationship between Luna and Hill
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/17/2000      Program Number: 2815