Earth First!: A Citizen’s Guide to the U.S. Forest Service -- Managing for Extinction

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Earth First!: A Citizen’s Guide to U.S. Forest Service, front page.

“A Citizen’s Guide to the US Forest Service - Managing for Extinction.” Earth First!. 1992. Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/node/7851.

It’s not just the Forest Service. US environmental policy is a foul brew, a poisoned batch of alphabet soup. What’s wrong with the Forest Service is also wrong with every other federal environmental agency-and there are lots of other agencies whose purpose is said to be the protection of the land, water, air and ecosystems upon which we all depend. The corporate wizards who’ve cooked up this fetid stew think things are just fine: all our ailing Mother Earth needs is a bracing draft of their concoction, a good dose of up-by-your-bootstraps free enterprise. If ecosystems can’t pay their own way, why bother with them? If a species can’t compete with chainsaws, if it can’t adapt to poisoned air, soil and water, let it go extinct. That’s survival of the fittest, ain’t it? But money won’t protect us from ultraviolet rays, and it won’t prevent climate change. US environmental policy is a series of disasters unfolding before our eyes.

— Scott Greacen