Category Archives: Ecodefense

Survey Stakes (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching(3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. “Always pull up survey stakes!” This was Ed Abbey’s advice to all outdoor visitors. It seems a great many people are following his advice. Wherever the machine has been […]

Plastic and Wood Pulp: The Monkeywrencher’s Dream? (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching (3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. Remember that scene from the film The Graduate, in which the corporate executive tells Dustin Hoffman where the future lies? “I have just one word for you. Plastics.” Well, that […]

Rock Spikes (Ecodefense)

Rock Spikes Hard Rock vs. Heavy Metal: Quartz Tree Pins Certain types of rock could well be the ideal type of anti-sawblade “pin” for planting in condemned trees. As with other types of monkeywrenching, proper materials and technique are essential. Equipment Begin by obtaining copies of lapidary. magazines at a quality newsstand. Among these are Gems […]

Ceramic Spikes (Ecodefense)

Ceramic Spikes Foiling the Detectors: Non-Metallic Tree Spikes Clay bodies can be stiffened and made even more durable by the addition of “grog,” a gritty, sand-like material usually made of a high-fired refractory material (ground stoneware) or simply a pure quartz sand. Purchase this from a clay supplier, and specify an 80 or coarser screening. […]

Tree Pinning: The Art of Silent Spiking (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching (3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. Just as spiking is named for the spike-like quality of the fifty and sixty-penny nails used, so “pinning” is named for a lowly steel pin which, buried in the […]

Tree Spiking (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching(3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. Clearcuts springing up in every nook and cranny of the National Forests; high-voltage power lines marching arrogantly across desert valleys and Midwest farms; seismograph crews scarring roadless areas with […]

The Future of Monkeywrenching (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching(3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. In an era of international tensions over bombings, shootings, and acts of mass destruction, the word “terrorism” is a guaranteed headline-grabber and a simplistic brand for anyone’s political opposition. […]

Forward! by Edward Abbey (Ecodefense)

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching(3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. If a stranger batters your door down with an axe, threatens your family and yourself with deadly weapon, and proceeds to loot your home of whatever he wants, he […]

Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching – Frontmatter

The following is part of a series of posts converting to html the monkeywrenching tactics in Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching (3rd edition). See also the PDF of the book. Wilderness needs no defense, only more defenders. Standard Disclaimer Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching is for entertainment purposes only. No one involved with 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 […]