MONKEY WRENCHER: Tim DeChristopher

On February 28, Tim DeChristoper goes to trial in the state of Utah. One month prior to President Bush leaving office, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intended to auction off thousands of acres of southern Utah wilderness to private oil and gas companies. Twenty seven year old student and environmental activist Tim DeChristoper threw a stick in the spokes, and that stick was a bidders paddle.

In their mad rush to sell the land before President Obama was sworn into office, the BLM failed to properly clear each bonded bidder, something that DeChristopher quickly understood when attending the auction. DeChristoper, intending only to protest and stir things up, realized his chance amidst the haphazard operation to stall the sale by buying as much land as possible. In the end, DeChristoper had bought over 22,000 acres of land surrounding Arches National Park, land that he never intended to pay for. The truth quickly surfaced that he bid falsely to save the land from sale, but his ploy worked. The BLM, now under the Obama administration, is still sorting out the sale.

Abbey’d be proud.

Check out this article for more info on DeChristopher, and his upcoming trial.


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4 Responses to MONKEY WRENCHER: Tim DeChristopher

  1. Josh February 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    He has a chance to do what the father of civil disobedience did. Thoreau _went to jail_ because he broke the law to protest what he disagreed with. It’s meaningless to break the law to make a point, and then to try to get off without punishment. Makes you at least as bad as the thieves you are protesting.

  2. Seldom Seen Smith February 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Next Step: Who’s got four pontoon boats to take to “Lake” Powell? Once we get rid of that damned damn:

    “Within a generation – thirty years – I predict the river and canyons will bear a decent resemblance to their former selves. Within the lifetime of our children Glen Canyon and the living river, heart of the canyonlands, will be restored to us. The wilderness will again belong to God, the people, and the wild things that call it home.” -Abbey

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