Category Archives: Earth First!

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 […]

Rewilding and Biodiversity: Complementary Goals for Continental Conservation

Source Disputes about goals and methodology are nothing new in the nature conservation movement. Gifford Pinchot’s insistence on responsible use and John Muir’s emphasis on strict preservation have survived as distinct ideologies for nearly a century. Currently, conservationists are discussing and implementing two versions of science-based or science-informed methodologies for conservation. We refer to the […]

Book Review: Martha Lee, Earth First!

Source Martha Lee, Earth First! : Environmental Apocalypse. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1995. 208 Pp. Paper. Martha Lee’s book is the first in a new series of books on Religion and Politics sponsored by Syracuse University Press. This series focuses on contemporary religious movements and their involvement in politics, analysing them primarily in terms […]

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 You can also read an HTML version of the book at The Anarchist Library. Standard Disclaimer Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching is for entertainment purposes only. No one involved with the production of this book — the editors, contributors, artists, publisher, distributors, […]

Remarks, Glen Canyon Dam, Spring Equinox, 1981

Edward Abbey’s remarks at “the cracking of Glen Canyon Dam.” Greetings. How nice to be back in Page—or Paje, Arizona—shithead capital of Coconino County. We are gathered here today to celebrate three important occasions: the rising of the full moon, the arrival of the Spring Equinox, and the imminent removal of Glen Canyon Dam. I […]

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 […]

Communiques of Freedom Club

Communiques Ted Kaczynski sent when he was at large as “F.C.” or “Freedom Club.” “Letter to Scientific American” was published in Ted Kaczynski’s 2010 book Technological Slavery.  1. Letter to San Francisco Examiner (1985) To the San Francisco Examiner: The bomb that crippled the right arm of a graduate student in electrical engineering and damaged a computer […]