The ancient Stafford Giant redwood now known to the world as Luna, was named by forest activists who used the light of the full moon to erect a platform in the tree. In October of 1997, activists rigged a treesitting platform at an altitude of 180 feet within the branches of Luna.
Two months later, Julia Butterfly Hill began living in the tree to protect her and raise awareness for acts of logging that destroy ancient forests. After two years of outreach to religious leaders and politicians, with the help of the Steelworkers of America and other forest activists, Julia successfully negotiated a nearly three acre buffer zone around Luna. The deed signed was intended to eternally protect Luna.
On November 27, 2000, the Circle of Life Foundation, a sustainable cultures group, released the following statement:
"On Thanksgiving weekend it was discovered that a critical cut had been made into Luna by a large chainsaw. The perpetrator made one deep and precise cut that went through a significant portion of the tree. While the tree is still alive and standing, Luna is extremely vulnerable to a windstorm. Judging from the precision of the cut and the fresh sawdust, the criminal action appears to have been committed by an experienced treefaller within the last few days.
"Circle of Life Foundation and Sanctuary Forest are researching what can be done to stabilize the critically injured tree. There is a criminal investigation at the crime site for clues as to who may have committed this spiteful and malevolent action against this permanently protected tree.
"The forests surrounding Luna are sacrifice zones that were not protected under the Headwaters Forest Agreement. Other sacrifice zones include the old-growth Douglas fir forests on Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole River watershed. Police convoys are actively trying to stop forest activists from defending these forested steep slopes that are slated to be clearcut during this rainy season."