The environmental advocacy group, Earth First!, established a tree-sit in the crown of a coastal redwood in 1997 as a protest against the logging of old growth redwood forests by Pacific Lumber Company. By positioning people in trees scheduled for harvest, Earth First! was able to slow the harvest of trees in the vicinity and draw international attention to the felling of these primordial forests. Julia Butterfly Hill lived on the platform at the top of Luna for two years. For two continuous years her feet never touched the ground. Julia and Earth First! persisted and managed to win a settlement with parent company Maxxam to preserve Luna and a 180-foot buffer around the tree.
An unknown vandal chainsawed Luna months after Julia came down from her nest. Once the cut in Luna was discovered environmentalists and Maxxam in the spirit of reconciliation worked together to forge the metal brackets, devise a system of tethers and to salve the wound.