Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill (born February 18, 1974 as Julia Lorraine Hill) is an American activist and environmentalist. Hill is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, roughly 1500-year-old California Redwood tree (age based on first-hand ring count of a slightly smaller neighboring ancient redwood that had been cut down) for 738 days between December 10, 1997 and December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, affectionately known as "Luna," to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down. She is the author of the book The Legacy of Luna and co-author of One Makes the Difference.

Find Your Tree

It's been 10 years since Julia Butterfly Hill's historic tree-sit. With her new "What's Your Tree?" project, she's still inspiring people to pursue their passions.

Tree Sit - The Art of Resistance

The documentary from Earth Films. http://www.earthfilms.org/ 
Luna and the Tree Sit. Julia Butterfly makes local, national and international news when she sits in a massive old growth tree.
Please support your local, national and international environmental non profits/organizations, live sustainably with mother earth and spread the news of this reality!

Julia Butterfly Dateline 2-14-99

Descent from Luna

Julia Butterfly Hill Descends from Luna after 738 Days 12/18/99

Visiting Julia Butterfly Hill in her treehouse

In 2000, Barry Shainbaum spent 4 hours in the tree named "Luna" with Julia Butterfly Hill, photographing and interviewing her for inclusion in his book: Hope & Heroes. Julia has the world record for tree-sitting: 737 days.

Julia in the Storm

Julia Butterfly Hill climbed a 2000 year old redwood in Northern California and lived in its branches for over 2 years to save it from the chainsaws of a logging company. Her first winer she was nearly killed as a terrible storm raged through her tiny perch. Julia describes the horror, and the life lessons, of those terrifying hours.

Part 2 - Adventures In Treesitting

This award-winning documentary reveals the extraordinary journey of a woman who lived 200 feet up in a redwood tree for two years to save the thousand year-old tree from destruction.

Part 3 - Adventures In Treesitting

War & Tax Resistance

She sat 2 years in an ancient redwood and now fights taxation that funds war. Julia Butterfly HIll is a heroine for all times. War Resistors League event. 

Part 1 of 6 - Divine Mirrors

Reel Change Films captures an amazing and inspiring talk given by Julia Butterfly Hill, this year's keynote speaker at the Midwest Yoga conference sponsored by Johnny Kest's Center for Yoga of Michigan. Julia is best known for having saved a group of redwoods from destruction by the northern California logging industry by spending 2 years and 8 days on a 4' x 6' platform, 200 feet above ground. Her story is amazing, but her lifestyle and commitment to practicing what she preaches is even more impressive. This talk blew everyone in the room away. I felt privileged to be there with my camera at the time. Enjoy! It's well worth sitting through all 6 parts.

Part 2 of 6 - Gift of Breath

Part 3 of 6 - Ancestors to the Future

Part 4 of 6 - Power of Love

Part 5 of 6 - Manifesting Heaven on Earth

Part 6 of 6 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Rejoice... Rethink!

About being "Pro" things ...

Julia's websites


In August 1996, at age 22, Hill suffered a near-fatal car crash. 
At the time, Hill was acting as designated driver for a friend who had been drinking.

 Her friend's car was hit from behind by a drunk driver.   The steering wheel of the car penetrated her skull; it took almost a year of intensive therapy before she regained the ability to speak and walk normally.   

As I recovered, I realized that my whole life had been out of balance... I had graduated high school at 16, and had been working nonstop since then, first as a waitress, then as a restaurant manager.   I had been obsessed by my career, success and material things. 

The crash woke me up to the importance of the moment, and doing whatever I could to make a positive impact on the future.    

Hill embarked on a spiritual quest afterwards, leading her to the environmental cause opposed to the destruction of the redwood forests in Humboldt County, California.    

"The steering wheel in my head, both figuratively and literally, steered me in a new direction in my life," Hill says. 

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