Julia “Butterfly” Hill to speak on campus

Release Date: 9/6/2006

Clarksville, Ark. --- Activist and environmentalist Julia "Butterfly" Hill, who spent more than two years in the late 1990s living in the canopy of a giant California Coast redwood tree, will speak at the University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Hill’s visit is part of the university’s 2006-2007 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Tickets for the event are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 479-979-1346. The talk by Hill will take place in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus in Clarksville.

A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Hill gained world-wide fame when she spent 738 days living in a 180-foot, 600-year-old redwood tree named “Luna” to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down. From Dec. 10, 1997, to Dec. 18, 1999, Hill lived in a small 6-foot-by-8-foot shelter that she had built with the help of volunteers.

Hill remains active in conservation efforts. In 1999, she and other activists founded the organization Circle of Life Foundation. She was the subject of the 2000 documentary film “Butterfly,” and was featured in the documentary film “Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance.” She is also the author of the book The Legacy of Luna and the co-author of One Makes the Difference.