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10, 1999 7:41 PM
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CONTACT: Julia Butterfly
Robert Parker, Luna Media Services; Julia Butterfly Hill 707.839.8974
|Tree-Sitter Julia Butterfly To Continue Treetop Vigil Despite Notice; Activists State Recent 'Eviction Notice' An Opportunity for Resolution|
- February 10 - Amidst a flurry of public speculation and conjecture regarding the possibility
of a forcible eviction following last week's delivery of an 'eviction notice' by
Pacific Lumber officials, tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill states that
"little has changed" in regard to her situation. Today, Wednesday
February 10, Hill will mark her 14-month anniversary occupying the 1000 year-old
redwood tree known as Luna. Her feet have not touched the ground since December
10, 1997 and she is determined to continue her vigil.
On-ground support coordinator Robert Parker stated "a possibility has always existed that Pacific Lumber or law enforcement may attempt to remove Julia from the tree or harass her in some manner. We don't see any reason to be overly alarmed by this current development and as always, we remain prepared to deal with any situation in a peaceful and respectful manner."
Past attempts by the company to coerce Hill down from her platform have included private security guards camped at the base of the tree 24 hours a day blowing air horns and shining spotlights on Hill. Last year Hill was also repeatedly subject to dangerously close, harassing flights from a helicopter operated by Columbia Helicopter of Portland, Oregon, a Pacific Lumber contractor.
In response to statements by Pacific Lumber officials citing concern for the safety of Hill, several other tree-sitters in the area, and company personnel Parker stated "the safety of all parties involved, including that of Pacific Lumber employees and law enforcement officers, has always been of the highest priority. Because of this mutual concern we hope that a safe and peaceful closure to this tree-sit can be achieved. We see this situation as an opportunity to bring those of disparate opinions together."
"We can achieve a resolution to this particular issue by simply protecting Luna and a sufficient buffer around her," said Hill. "I want to see Pacific Lumber work to achieve a positive outcome here instead of creating more confrontation and conflict."
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