On December 10, 1997
, Julia Hill ascended an ancient giant redwood
tree in Humboldt County, CA
to protest and draw attention to the mismanagement of old-growth
timberland. On December 15, 1999
, she entered into agreement with PALCO
(Pacific Lumber Company
) that the redwood (variously known as "the Stafford Giant
", to locals, and "Luna
", to Julia and her Earth First!
supporters) and the ecosystem
in which it grows (about 3 acres), shall be protected and preserved in perpetuity
Julia spent most of those two years perched at least 180 feet above the forest floor, enduring harrassment from Pacific Lumber employees, surviving El Nino
storms, giving interviews and contributing to the Earth First!