Luna is a 200 ft tall redwood tree that towers on a ridge deep within a privately owned forest in northern California. You may remember Julia Butterfly Hill's remarkable 2-year "tree sit" in the 1990's that helped save the tree and shed light on the indiscriminate clearcutting of redwood forests. But after an agreement was reached to save the redwood and the national news media left, another crisis arose that threatened Luna's existence, introduced new heroes, and ushered in a new era of collaboration.
Board Member and lead "Luna Covenant" monitor, Sanctuary Forest
Registered Consulting Arborist (ASCA), and a Board Certified Master Arborist (ISA). He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
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Books About Luna and Redwood Trees
Cook, Diane, and Len Jenshel. Wise Trees. Abrams Books. New York. 2017.
Davis, Erik. The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape. Chronicle Books. San Francisco. 2007.
Harris, David. The Last Stand: The War Between Wall Street and Main Street Over California’s Ancient Redwoods. Sierra Club Books. San Francisco. 1996.
Hill, Julia Butterfly. One Makes The Difference. Harper Collins. San Francisco. 2002
Hill, Julia Butterfly. The Legacy of Luna. Harper Collins. San Francisco. 2000
Hill, Niklas. Julia räddar skogen. Trinambai. Stockholm. 2017.
Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue. Luna and Me. Holt. New York. 2015.
Lyon, George Ella. Voices of Justice: Poems about People Working for a Better World. Holt. New York. 2020.
Special thanks to
Scott Parsons, for suggesting this episode and introducing me to Stuart
Diccon Lee, www.deeleetree.com
Dahn Hiuni, www.dahnhiuni.com/home
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11/26/22 • 60 min
This Old Tree - Luna Endures: A Redwood's Survival Tale
Luna is a 200 foot tall redwood tree that stands like a tower on a ridge deep in a privately owned forest in Northern California. Her bark is two feet thick, and she has a gnarly, multipronged top that speaks of maturity and complexity. Luna is known as a she, that's just the way it happened. Except for an occasional ground fire, she'd lived in peace for over a thousand years. But the 1990's brought a rapid change. The trees around Luna began fa
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