Author Archives: Dave Foreman

Take Back Conservation

Source In my 35 years as a conservationist, I have never beheld such a bleak and dreary situation as I see today. The evidence for my dismay falls into three categories: the state of Nature, the power of anticonservationists, and appeasement and weakness within the conservation and environmental movements. None of this is reason for […]

The Real Wilderness Idea

Abstract — In recent years, some philosophers, historians and literary critics have condemned the “Received Wilderness Idea.” Close examination reveals that this Received Wilderness Idea is a literary/philosophical construct little related to the Real Wilderness Idea that conservationists have used to establish the National Wilderness Preservation System. Analysis of the origin of the word “wilderness,” the […]

Strategic Monkeywrenching

Taken from Chapter 1 of the seminal Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, edited by Dave Foreman and “Bill Haywood.” In early summer of 1977, the United States Forest Service began an 18 month-long inventory and evaluation of the remaining roadless and undeveloped areas on the National Forests and Grasslands of the United States. During […]

Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching

Download: Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood-Ecodefense_ A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching-Abbzug Press (1993).compressed From Wikipedia: Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching is a book edited by Dave Foreman, with a foreword by Edward Abbey. Much of the inspiration for the book, as well as the term “monkeywrenching”, came from Edward Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench […]

Nature More, Vol. 0, No. 0

The Earth First! Newsletter before it was named the Earth First! Newsletter. To: The Hardcore From: Howie Wolke, Dave Foreman Re: EARTH FIRST The time has come to inject new vigor, new tactics, and an old-fashioned radical ideology into the increasingly stagnating environmental movement. We are tired of making political compromises in order to look […]

Earth First! Statement of Principles and Membership Brochure

September 1, 1980 Memo To: the leading intellectual and literary lights of EARTH FIRST From: Dave Foreman Re: EARTH FIRST Statement of Principles and Membership Brochure Hey, buckaroos … enclosed is a very rough draft of the above. Read it, add, delete, edit, throw it out and write your own. Rough as it is, I […]

Whither Earth First?!

Editor’s Note: The following essay was originally published by Dave Foreman in Earth First! 8(1), 20-21. It was his most notable attempt to take back control from the humanist faction of Earth First. For more on the history of the organization, see Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization by Christopher Manes. You might […]