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Tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill to speak at WMU

Feb. 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The woman who perched in the top of a California redwood for two years in a crusade to save the 1,000-year-old tree and other ancient forests will speak about her efforts and the impact they had when she visits Western Michigan University on Valentine's Day.

Julia Butterfly Hill will speak about how "One Makes the Difference" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Room 2000 of Schneider Hall.

She also will meet with WMU students from 2 to 4 p.m. that day in the Lee Honors College lounge and will be available after the evening program to sign copies of her book "The Legacy of Luna."

Hill's presentation is sponsored by the WMU Environmental Studies Program, the WMU Women's Studies Program, the Lee Honors College, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Students for a Sustainable Earth, Western's Organization for Women, the Western Student Association, WIDR-FM, the Campus Activities Board and WMU faculty members Thomas Bailey and Katherine Joslin.

In 1997 near Stafford, Calif., Hill climbed to the top of an ancient redwood tree that she called Luna and lived in a tent there for 738 days to protest the plight of ancient forests. She only came down from the tree after negotiating to permanently protect Luna and a nearly three-acre buffer zone from deforestization.

For more information, contact the WMU Environmental Studies Program at (269) 387-2716.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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