1999 Times-Standard
Sun, Dec 19, 1999 ; A1


What's next? 'A little peace and quiet'

The Times-Standard

STAFFORD -- What's next for Julia "Butterfly" Hill?

"No disrespect, but I'm looking forward to a little peace and quiet," said
the famed tree-sitter who for the first time in two years touched the Earth
on Saturday.

Although Hill, as part of the unique deal, agreed not to ever tree-sit on
Pacific Lumber Co. land again, she said she will continue to help save
old-growth trees.

She plans to go on a speaking tour to inspire others. Hill said she will
also bolster alliances formed with Indian tribes, steelworkers and others.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to just relax," she said.

Hill has a book about her experiences coming out in April. The advance
money went to save the tree and, she said, all the proceeds from sales will
be donated for environmental and social causes.

"I hope for my roots to stay in Humboldt County," she said. "Where a home
is, is yet to be seen."

But the tree-sit wouldn't have been possible without the support crew that
hauled supplies to Hill several times a week.

Michael Van Broekhoven, a member of the crew, said they still have a few
days of work ahead to take down the platforms and ropes.

"We were definitely key," he said.

The only time the crew worried about her was when there was an intense
lightning storm.

"We know she has more light behind her than most people," said Tyler "K.C."
Kahn, another crew member. "There was no doubt ever in any of our minds
that she could be in any harm."





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