A charged first-person account by an ardent environmental activist whose long-term occupation of a giant redwood tree
focused public attention on the cutting of old-growth redwood forests in northern California.
Hill discovered her mission in life the first time she entered a redwood forest. In short order she connected with Earth First!
protesters engaged in tree-sitting (a tactic used to halt lumbering operations). After a brief initial tree-sit in Luna, a 1,000-year-old
redwood, she began the more extended sit-ins detailed here. Her treetop adventures include lightning, horrific storms, winds and
cold weather, harassment by lumber company helicopters, and a siege by lumber company security guards intent on starving her
out. While learning how to survive on a tiny platform perched some 180 feet about the ground, Hill also learned about the forest
activist movement and became adept at using the media (via her cell phone) to the movement's best advantage. She also
recognized early on that connecting with the opposition on a human level would help, and her account of how she got Pacific
Lumber security guards to see her as a likable individual rather than some anonymous tree-hugger is instructive. Hill's tone,
however, is unabashedly self-righteous throughout. She sees Pacific Lumber as a good company gone bad after being taken over
by the evil Charles Hurwitz of MAXXAM, and she faults the US and California state governments for complicity in the
company’s clear-cutting operations. Over time she develops a certain rapport with John Campbell, Pacific Lumber's president,
reaching a tentative agreement that would protect Luna and its surrounding grove, but Hill ends her story with the deal still up
in the air and herself still up in the tree.
It is not necessary to be an environmental activist to find this a compelling portrait of a young woman of remarkable fortitude
and dedication. (40 b&w photographs, not seen)