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Legacy Of Luna [Paperback]

Julia Hill
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March 22 2001

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.


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A young woman named Julia Butterfly Hill climbed a 200-foot redwood in December 1997. She didn't come down for 738 days. The tree, dubbed Luna, grows in the coastal hills of Northern California, on land owned by the Maxxam Corporation. In 1985 Maxxam acquired the previous landlord, Pacific Lumber, then proceeded to "liquidate its assets" to pay off the debt--in other words, clear-cut the old-growth redwood forest. Environmentalists charged the company with harvesting timber at a nonsustainable level. Earth First! in particular devised tree sit-ins to protest the logging. When Hill arrived on the scene after traveling cross-country on a whim, loggers were preparing to clear-cut the hillside where Luna had been growing for 1,000 years. The Legacy of Luna, part diary, part treatise, and part New Age spiritual journey, is the story of Julia Butterfly Hill's two-year arboreal odyssey.

The daughter of an itinerant preacher, Hill writes of her chance meeting with California logging protesters, the blur of events leading to her ascent of the redwood, and the daily privations of living in the tallest treehouse on earth. She weathers everything from El Niño rainstorms to shock-jock media storms. More frightening are her interactions with the loggers below, who escalate the game of chicken by cutting dangerously close to Luna (eventually succeeding at killing another activist with such tactics). "'You'd better get ready for a bad hair day!'" one logger shouts up, grimly anticipating the illegal helicopter hazing she would soon get. Celebrity environmentalists like Joan Baez and Woody Harrelson stop by, too. The notoriety has, on balance, been good to Hill and her cause. George magazine named her one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People in Politics," Good Housekeeping readers nominated her one of the "Most Admired Women" in 1998, and she was featured in People's "Most Intriguing People of the Year" issue. As a result, more Americans know about controversial forestry practices; it remains to be seen, however, whether public outrage is enough to save California's unprotected and ever-shrinking groves of redwoods. While an agreement allowed Hill to descend from her aerie and Luna to escape the saw, most of the surrounding old-growth forest in the region has been felled or will fall shortly. Still, Hill is optimistic: "Luna is only one tree. We will save her, but we will lose others. The more we stand up and demand change, though, the more things will improve." --Langdon Cook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. She came down two years and eight days later, after negotiating a largely symbolic deal with Pacific Lumber to preserve Luna and surrounding trees. During her "tree-sit," she lived on a makeshift platform, enduring torrential storms, harassment from loggers, doubt and loneliness. Treeborne, she communicated by cell phone, drew major media attention and received visitors like Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt and Woody Harrelson. Now a hero of the environmental movement, Hill relives her ordeal in a dramatic first-person narrative revealing just how much she saw her protest as a spiritual quest. She prays to the Universal Spirit and preaches unconditional love of all creation. Talking and praying to Luna, she hears the tree's voice speak to her, teaching her to let go, to go with the flow. Her purple-prose epiphanies, mushy New Age ruminations and anthropomorphizing of the tree blunt her story's impact, and her gosh-oh-gee professed reluctance to become a public figure smacks of disingenuousness. Even so, her firsthand expos? of destructive forest practices (only 3% of America's majestic ancient redwood forests remain) is extremely powerful, and her book, a remarkable inspirational document, records a courageous act of civil disobedience that places her squarely in the tradition of Thoreau. Illus. 15-city TV satellite tour; author tour. (Apr.) FYI: Hill has been named one of George magazine's 10 Most Fascinating People in Politics. All of her proceeds from this book will go to the nonprofit Circle of Life Foundation.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I am the editor of this book March 23 2000
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Format:Hardcover
It is critical to point out that Legacy of Luna is printed on paper made from 30% post-consumer recycled fibers and 70% Forestry Stewardship Council-certified paper using soy based ink. There is no more responsible paper available. It's quite insane to suggest that Julia would devote her life to saving trees only to have them sacrificed for her book. Instead, this book is a model of the sustainability available to all of us. Furthermore, it is instructive to know that she is not receiving penny from the profits of this book -- they are all going to the Circle of Life Foundation whose work is to promote sustainabiliy, restoration and preservation of life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Balance June 18 2003
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing story. I think if you are of one extreme political view or the other in regards to the redwoods, or environmentalism, you will be softened somewhat after reading Julia's odyssey. It is largely written from a place of neutrality (the heart), and does not "preach", nor is it angry in tone. I am a Northern Californian myself, and after experiencing personally the enormous anger/hate that goes on between BOTH sides of the spectrum, i.e. the logging industry, and the environmentalists, her book was very refreshing. It was as if, by climbing the tree, and remaining in it for so long, Julia stood on the fulcrum of both extremes.
I remember one part of the book where, after a confrontation with one of the loggers, she lowered down a photograph of herself dressed in a formal gown. Seeing her as someone he could identify with, and not just as a tree-hugging-hippy out-to-ruin-his-life-by-taking his livelihood away, shifted him.
It may be that I believe Julia is a saint, simply because I'm a tree fanatic. But I feel she has really helped shift a lot of the stagnatic energy on both sides of the tree agenda. She has a wonderful heart, and I believe most of you will be able to identify with her, just as that logger did.
The only reason I did not give this book 4 stars, is that there are parts of the writing which seem repeated or slow. But definately, read this book... it is a very unique story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up for a cause Not for herself Sept. 3 2002
Format:Paperback
After finishing quickly because I was so drawn to it I can say it was an easy read but it proved a point that standing up for what you believe in will get you somewhere. Julia didn't go up in Luna to get famous she went up to save her and the hillside and the city below. She ended up staying for 738 days and leaving as a well known woman who saved a tree and got caught in the middle of a political standoff. Julia went through torture for her tree: two winters, choked out by smoke, small sleeping quarters and many other oddities. And the entire time she never waivered she stood strong like Luna and that is something that anyone can aspire to do. I read this after a drive through the Redwoods and from what I saw there I would climb anyone of those trees like Julia did if it meant saving that forest or just one of those trees so someone else later on could see what has taken years to form and build and what sometimes only takes minutes to destroy. Our Trees fall at a fanomial rate every year and anyone who is involved inthe tree sits every year in the northwest is savinga little peace of the earth for you me and the generations after us that might see a litle of what we had a chance to. Thank You Julia and all the tree sitters out there for what you do everyday, standing up for what you belive in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's something to read. July 17 2002
Format:Hardcover
Like most of the reviewers, I found Julia Butterfly's experience of sitting in the tree, Luna, for over two years quite amazing and inspiring. What a powerful committment to make on the behalf of what one believes! Unlike some reviewers, I just cannot believe that Ms. Hill sat in that tree for more than two years with the idea of becoming a celebrity. There are easier ways.
Unfortunately, this book is written somewhat unevenly. Much material is repeated throughout the book over and over. Things that could have been exceedingly interesting were not brought fully to light (ex: how the platform was put together and held in the tree). I think that while Ms. Hill is an ok writer, this book could have stood the polishing of a ghost writer.
One big disappointment that I had with this book, was the missed opportunity on Ms. Hill's part to say something really important about the environmental movement. There is no good, solid fact-based information given about logging, environmental impact, government policy, or what can/should be done. What a wasted opportunity! When this book came out, everyone was interested and the environmental movement would have benefited a great deal from the publicity this could have brought to their specific issues. Getting people excited about the environment and unified with Ms. Hill's tree sit is all fine, but if you don't back it up with information and a what-you-can do attitude, is entirely pointless.
So, if you want to be inspired by a story of a person's convictions - by all means read this book. It's not terrible.
If you want motivation to go out and do something about the environment, contact your local Cooperative Extension Office.
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... A Monumental Masterpiece - like the Tree that inspired it! ... and A Labor of Love! ... Julia Butterfly Hill is the Henry David Thoreau, the Rachel Carson, and the Edward Abbey of her generation. ... Start reading this book, and not only will you NOT be able to put in DOWN, it just might inspire YOU to climb UP a tree as well and put YOUR life on the line to help save some of the last endangered species we have left of this planet. ... Jacques Cousteau would have been VERY proud of this beautiful lady! Her head and heart are in the right place - and she put her body right in line as well in order to stay true to her vision. ... It is THAT VISION entrusted in the minds and hearts of people like Julia Butterfly Hill that, ultimately, will save this planet (hopefully) from ecological apocalypse. ... God bless this beautiful girl with the guts of a hero and the heart of a saint for sticking her neck out in order to save one beloved old tree! In doing so, she is giving inspiration to a generation of people who CARE but who may not know WHERE to start or HOW to follow-through on their convictions. ... Julia Butterfly Hill has mastered the athletic and graceful art of following-through on her shots until victory is achieved! ... Read the book, join an environmental group, and BELIEVE it when The Bible - in The Book of Revelation - says: "The Lord will destroy those who destroy The Earth." ... - Earth Worker / The Aeolian Kid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is Amazon.ca not Amazon.ca?
I have been looking for a copy of Julia Butterfly Hill's book for ages after attending an Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium in Sooke, British Columbia. Read more
Published on March 1 2010 by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
This is a great book and I enjoyed reading every page. Very inspirational and moving. Highly recommended.
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Autobiography
This novel is a fabulous autobiography of Julia Hill, and her experience living in a redwood tree for two whole years. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by "veggiewrap001"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
I remember Julia Butterfly Hill making her stand and remember being so proud of her (and impressed with her bravery). Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by merrymousies
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Silent Spring" of our time
Julia Butterfly Hill is the Rachel Carson of our time. I loved this book ... There are very few people who "walk the walk. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by James Henry - Author of Corporation YOU
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your attention
This book definitely keeps your attention for the simple fact that it is so strange. I really admire this woman for living in a tree for two years for a good cause. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003 by The Solemates
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Educational
The amazing story of a young woman who spent two years of her life living in a tree, in order to help save the old growth forests near my home town in Humboldt County, CA. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2002 by William Van Hefner
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad bad lesson
All this book teaches is about how breaking the law is okay. She was a trespasser and this book creates an example of how our personal property is in danger. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable & informative.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and also found it educational. I live in California, but I didn't know what was going on in the northern part, with the logging. Read more
Published on June 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and Inspirational
The Legacy of Luna is an inspiring tale of one woman who acts on a calling to do something extraordinary. Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by nancy
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