Protecting the Redwoods: An Interview With Julia Hill

For over two years, Julia "Butterfly" Hill scaled "Luna," a 1,000-year-old California redwood tree that was in danger of being included in a massive clear-cut and her resilience garnered worldwide attention for the preservation of the planet's endangered trees.


| February/March 2001


An Interview With Julia "Butterfly" Hill

On December 10, 1997 Julia "Butterfly" Hill scaled "Luna," a 1,000-year-old California redwood tree that was in danger of being included in a massive clear-cut by Pacific Lumber, a division of the Maxam Corporation. And while "tree sits" have become the norm for environmental activists looking for a drastic way to put an end to clear cuts in old growth forests, Hill's determination has been the object of inspiration for environmentalists and frenzied derision for loggers. For over two years (738 days), Hill did not come down from her 180-foot-high perch. She repelled everything from helicopters to El Nino to personal doubt, and her resilience garnered worldwide attention for the preservation of the planet's endangered wood.

SAM MARTIN FOR MOTHER: You are amazingly busy these days. How are you adjusting to the new life of a public spokesperson?

JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL: Well, nothing has changed since I was in the tree, other than that now I'm going all over the place. I've been a spokesperson for a long time. The only difference is that instead of being able to do it all from one spot, now I have to go around everywhere.

MOTHER: What was a typical February or March day for you and Luna?

JBH: Well, the Februarys and Marches I was up there were completely different. One year was El Nino and one was La Nina. One had excessive amounts of wind and rain and the other excessive amounts of snow. They both bad a lot of sleet and hail.





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