CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 30, 2000
(EDITORS: A media press conference for Hill will be held from 4 p.m. to 5
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Miller Room (Third floor) in the Iowa Memorial Union)
Environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill lectures on Nov. 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Julia Butterfly Hill, the 26-year-old who spent 738 days
in a makeshift home atop a 1,000-year-old California redwood to advocate forest
protection, will give a free and public lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
at the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The UI Lecture Committee
is sponsoring Hill's visit and lecture at the UI.
Hill climbed down from the180-foot high platform on Dec. 18, 1999, after
state and federal agencies brokered a deal with the tree's owner, Pacific
Lumber Company, to create a land trust that would protect the redwood named
Luna and its surrounding three acres from logging. In return, Hill paid $50,000
to Pacific Lumber Company, money that was donated to Humboldt State University
for forest research.
Hill's biography notes that she chose the name Butterfly when she was still
living in Arkansas, the daughter of an evangelical minister. After a life-threatening
accident, she ventured to California in 1997 to find her purpose in life.
"When I entered the majestic cathedral of the redwood forest for the
first time, my spirit knew it had found what it was searching for," Hill
says in a biography.
While still atop the redwood, she helped to found the Circle of Life Foundation.
The Foundation's mission is to create "a sustainable culture of life
on Earth rooted deeply in love and respect for the interconnectedness of all
beings, by inspiring, supporting, and networking individuals, organizations
and communities around the world to create social and environmental solutions."
Hill has written "The Legacy of Luna," and has received an honorary
doctorate degree of humanities from New College of California School of the
Humanities, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Peace Award, and was nominated among
the "Most Admired Women" by Good Housekeeping magazine.