Around the Campfire by Dave Foreman

"Nearly twenty-five years ago, I started writing a regular column called “Around the Campfire” for The Earth First! Journal, which I then edited. I first wrote it on a mechanical typewriter. With the breakup of Earth First! in 1990, John Davis and I launched Wild Earth, and I continued “Around the Campfire.” The Wildlands Project discontinued Wild Earth years ago for lack of funding, and Campfire lost a home." ~Dave Foreman

In Memorium

Dave Foreman 1946-2022

Uncle Dave on the Noatak River, Alaska (c) Nancy Morton

Dave Foreman on the origins of Around The Campfire...

During the quarter century of Campfire, I’ve tried to educate, provoke, and activate conservationists on a sweeping range of ideas, issues, and subjects. Material from Campfire has gone into my books, Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, The Big Outside, Rewilding North America, and the forthcoming The Myth(s) of the Environmental Movement. I’ve meant Campfire as a broadside of yore, such as Tom Paine and other patriots wrote during the War for Independence. (Read more about Around the Campfire...)

Featured Campfires...

#80 Around the Campfire: Wild Things for Their Own Sake
Wild Things for Their Own Sake If we look far and deep and wide, the key question that looms for[...]
#66 Around the Campfire; A Brief History of the National Wilderness Preservation System
There are any number of books, booklets, and articles about Wilderness Areas in the United States, but little has been[...]
#62 Around the Campfire; Wilderness for the Drylands Bureau of Land Management Wilderness
(Note: This edition of Around the Campfire is adapted from my new book, The Great Conservation Divide, which is now[...]
#52 Around the Campfire; Wilderness Areas and the “Myth(s) of the Frontier”
End of the Frontier It hit America like a grizzly's slap across the cheeks.  After the 1890 census, the U.S.[...]
#51 Around the Campfire; The Upshot of the Myth of Superabundance
I’ve written here before about my first forebears in the New World, how they came to the Chesapeake Bay in[...]
#49 Around the Campfire; The 1964 Wilderness Act’s Four Definitions of Wilderness
In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify[...]


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