Singers Rock Around Tree Top
.c The Associated Press
STAFFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt were hoisted up a
180-foot redwood to honor an environmental activist who has lived atop
the tree for more than a year.
The two singers climbed a steep, two-mile mountain on April 22 -- Earth
Day -- and reached Julia ``Butterfly'' Hill's plywood perch with the
help of a Pulley system.
The singers serenaded Ms. Hill, and she responded by reading a poem she
wrote about snow. They chatted for about 30 minutes as a filmmaker
preserved the meeting on video.
``To experience Julia's commitment and love for these forests in person
was a life-changing event,'' Ms. Raitt said. ``She was literally
Ms. Baez added, ``Visiting Julia Butterfly was one of the most
remarkable experiences of my life.''
Ms. Hill has lived atop the ancient tree for nearly 1 1/2 years without
touching the ground to protest logging of ancient redwood trees 250
miles north of San Francisco.
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