Tag Archives: conservation

Freedom and Wilderness, Wilderness and Freedom

When I lived in Hoboken, just across the lacquered Hudson from Manhattan, we had all the wilderness we needed. There was the waterfront with its decaying piers and abandoned warehouses, the jungle of bars along River Street and Hudson Street, the houseboats, the old ferry slips, the mildew-green cathedral of the Erie-Lackawanna Railway terminal. That […]

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 […]

Earth First!: A Founder’s Story

Source Dave Foreman’s old Volkswagen bus wobbled on unbalanced tires to the northeast across the Plains of San Augustine on New Mexico Highway 12. The salsa at the Mexican restaurant in the town of Reserve had been so hot that Foreman and I were attempting—without success—to drown the fire in our mouths and bellies with […]

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 […]

Conservation and Conservatism

Editor’s Note: This is an old article from the journal Conservation Biology, so some of the content is historically contextual. However, some of the main insights are directly relevant to the Wild Will Coalition‘s attempts to outline the overlap between conservation and philosophical conservatism. Note, though, that where David Orr tries to sketch an overlapping sphere between […]