Legacy of Luna
Julia Butterfly Hill
Harper San Francisco April 1, 2000
The author Julia Butterfly Hill book is a personal reference of the adversity she overcame when faced with saving a part of nature, a part of what defines her, a piece of something she would never let go of. In this novel the author gives biographical evidence of not only her love of saving the redwood trees. The story begins in December of 1996, in the town of Stafford, California. There was a mudslide which was catastrophic and buried seven homes. The removal of the redwood trees was what she states to be a cause and effect of this disaster because they absorb the moisture that causes erosion. She was up against the Maxxam Corporation an organization who wanted to cut down the Redwood Forests of California to make profit of the ever needing demand of lumber.
To counter act this, she met up with other environmentalist who shared the same perspective to fight Maxxam with her. Since they could not go toe to toe with a huge corporation as Maxxam, they made a last ditch effort to do what is called tree sitting. Tree sitting is taking residency in a tree, for a long duration of time. This is where the name of the title comes from, because she meets a tree call Luna. Luna is the tree in which she creates a stronger determination to save the redwood. The name Butterfly came because it was a codename since she was a tree-sitter. She believes that tree sitting would bring out the good of the corporate executives of Maxxam.
Her determination to not leave the tree, when persuaded by paid intimidators allow others to see that it’s more than a tree, it symbolizes something that is so precious. During her time in the tree she not only befriended with ex Maxxam workers, but also created a friendship with John Campbell, Pacific Lumber’s top executive. Her stays lead to Maxxam Corporation ending any aspirations of cutting the redwood trees and especially Luna her...