Julia Butterfly Hill's Tree Struck By Chainsaw

| November 29, 2000

Julia Butterfly Hill's Tree Struck By Chainsaw, Dana Stolzman, Circle of Life Foundation
Luna, the ancient redwood tree where activist Julia Butterfly Hill lived for more than two years, was illegally cut by vandals over Thanksgiving weekend. While the thousand-year-old tree remains standing, the deep cut left it critically vulnerable to wind storms. In a statement on the website of Hill's Circle of Life Foundation, Dana Stolzman quotes Hill: 'Luna is the greatest teacher and best friend I have ever had. I gave two years of my life to ensure that she could live and die naturally. But two years is nothing compared to the thousand years she has lived, providing shelter, moisture and oxygen to forest inhabitants. It kills me that the last 3% of the ancient redwoods are being desecrated. I feel this vicious attack on Luna as surely as if the chainsaw was going through me.' Authorities have launched a criminal investigation of the attack, and the Circle of Life Foundation is studying ways to stabilize the injured tree.
--Leif Utne
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