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Stuart Moskowitz of Sanctuary Forest is the caretaker of Luna and makes regular visits to Luna to check on her condition. Click here to read his latest report. For more information on Sanctuary Forest, visit www.sanctuaryforest.org/.
Luna & the Tree Sit
For 738 days forest activist Julia Butterfly Hill lived 180 feet high in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. Julia, with great help from steelworkers and environmentalists, successfully negotiated to permanently protect the tree and a nearly three-acre buffer zone. She came down to a world that recognized her as a heroine and powerful voice for the environment.
Julia's occupation of the over 1000-year-old tree known as Luna is only a part of the fifteen-year struggle to save Headwaters Forest and the 3% of the ancient redwood ecosystem that remains. Luna's hillside is where a massive 'debris torrent' originated that destroyed seven homes in Stafford, California. Seeing the mudslide scar from Julia's treetop perspective was a daily reminder that the health of our forests and watersheds directly affects our lives.
Luna stands as a beacon of hope, showing that individuals and communities can speak out against corporate irresponsibility. Luna reminds us to stand up for our own survival and for the future of our shared planet.
Photo by Eric Slomanson
Stories from Luna Tree Sit Participants
We are now featuring memories
and stories from
folks involved with the Luna tree sit, recounting
continued legacy has meant in their lives. We would love to add more,
and feature stories, artwork, photos, poems, and writings from each
of you who
Now check out the memories and stories we've collected so far!
Learn about how Luna has recovered from the deep cut of a chain saw attack in late 2001.
The original Luna website is the archived website from the time of the Luna tree-sit.
The Luna archives provide more historic materials, with lots of pictures and information.
Note that these are historical documents and contain information that is now out of date.
Julia’s own account of her first 100 days in Luna.
Julia’s first letter after her descent.
Where is Luna?
Luna stands tall on a ridge above the town of Stafford, California. You can see her from Highway 101 near the Stafford exit, looking southwest.
Who attends to Luna today?
In December of 1999, Sanctuary
Forest worked closely with Pacific
Lumber Company and Julia Butterfly Hill to negotiate the agreement
that protects Luna.
Can I Visit Luna?
Luna sits on land that is protected under a preservation
agreement. The parcel is surrounded by Pacific Lumber property and
trespassing in order to get to Luna. As part of the agreement,
we can’t encourage people to visit Luna. There are no public
routes into Luna. We are also concerned for Luna’s well-being
as foot traffic over her root system would increase soil erosion
and add to her vulnerability.
Visit the California Redwoods
Photo by Estelle Fennel
There are places to camp in and around
state parks with beautiful old-growth redwoods. You can camp at Richardson
Grove on Highway
101 just south of Garberville and visit several redwood groves along
the Avenue of the Giants, just south of Stafford on Highway 101.
Also, a jewel that's very accessible and remarkably untouched is
Grove. It's located just outside Redway on Briceland Road.
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