During her two year stay in Luna, Hill received international publicity,
conducted hundreds of interviews and news conferences and entertaining
celebrity visitors. Her protest attracted more attention than any other
demonstration by the thousands of environmental activists who have
fought for more than a decade to preserve ancient redwood trees from
Hill was unemployed -- the
daughter of an itinerant preacher -- when she joined the forest protest
movement that took off in Humboldt County after the Maxxam Corporation
bought Pacific Lumber and began clear-cutting large tracts of forests.
Nine months before Hill began her vigil living in Luna, in March 1999,
Maxxam agreed to sell 7,400 acres of its Humboldt property to the state
and federal governments for $480 million to preserve the ancient
Headwaters grove and other redwood forests.
Hill and other
environmentalists denounced the deal for preserving too little of the
forests and paying Maxxam too much. Then Pacific Lumber began logging
the ancient redwoods that they could cut down legally.
Luna began her protest
by using civil disobedience, conducting a courageous vigil on behalf of
one of the last wild places left in the US and one of the remaining 3%
of old growth forests within the US.