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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.