Wild Earth Journal Archives

Intended as yet another instrument for attacking anthropocentric ideologies and voracious agricultural/industrial civilizations, the journal Wild Earth was published between 1991–2004.

For those of you who remember Wild Earth, it was probably one the most beautiful publications ever produced with a mix of from the scientific to the philosophical and everything in between.

For those of you unfamiliar with Wild Earth or are too young to have been around when it was being published I highly recommend getting in the habit of reading an issue of Wild Earth from time to time for its inspiration, education and insights.

Much of the material in the journal is as applicable, or even more so, than when it was originally published.

I ‘grew up’ reading Wild Earth and it was a foundation for my conservation ethic and my work over the last quarter of a century.

Taking some time to go back to the roots of conservation is well worth it, especially in light of the present dominance within the conservation world of the anthropocentric view of conservation that has infected so much of conservation and conservation organizations today.

You can find the full archive at Wild Earth Journal In the Filter Results dropdown choose “Wild Earth” and in the Items Per Page choose 100.

Thanks to the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum for making these excellent resources available.

The Editor


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  1. Michael A. Lewis Avatar

    Thanks for this reminder Jonathan. I have a box … a BIG box full of Earth First! Journals, Live Wild or Die!, Wild Earth and other stuff. Including articles and letters I wrote for the EF! Journal, and my own “Wally World” newsletter from Alaska. Follows me around everywhere. Bad times and good times, before the Exxon Valdez and things climate changish brought an end to real environmentalism.

    It’s good to wallow in the past and remind our selfs of the principles and ideals we struggled so hard to defend and promote.

    It’s better to defend those principles and ideals in the here and now, wherever we are, as creaky and stove up as we are these days. Somebody’s gotta do it.

    Keeps me moving, keeps me alive, keeps me hopeful that in the end the Earth will abide, after the ninnies and feebs, the corporate toadies and the government sycophants are safely roasting in Hell for their destruction of the all that is and ever will be.

    Earth First! No fucking compromise!

    All the best to you and your’n,

    Michael A. Lewis
    Pacific Plate
    Santa Cruz Bioregion
    On the cusp of Leona Creek and Arana Gulch

  2. Jeff Hoffman Avatar
    Jeff Hoffman

    Totally agree with Michael! I was an Earth First! campaigner in the 1980s. Earth First! Nothing else needs to be said.

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Jonathan Ratner has been in the trenches of public lands conservation for nearly 25 years. He started out doing forest carnivore work for the Forest Service, BLM, and the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Study Team, with some Wilderness Rangering on the Pinedale Ranger District. That work lead him directly to deal with the gross corruption within the federal agencies' range program.

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