Please Thank Tim DeChristopher!

Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher

Please thank Tim in a comment on this post. And please also donate whatever you can to his legal defense.

Yesterday, in a brave act of civil disobedience, Tim DeChristopher threw a Monkey Wrench into one of the Bush Administration’s  parting shots at environmentalist and the American people.


Please ask everyone you know to register their gratitude and support for Tim here or on his statement.

Media so far…

Fake bidder could face federal charges
KUTV – Salt Lake City,UT,USA
But Tim DeChristopher doesn’t have the money, and never intended to pay up. Now, the 27 year old environmentalist may face federal charges.

Imposter monkeywrenches mineral lands bid
Salt Lake Tribune – United States
Tim DeChristopher, 27, faces possible federal charges after winning bids totaling about $1.8 million on more than 10 lease parcels that he admits he has

Activist accused of tainting drilling lease sale
The Associated Press
The FBI was questioning a man who registered for the auction as Tim DeChristopher of Salt Lake City, said the bureau’s Utah Energy Team Leader Terry Catlin.

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  1. #1 by Jessica on December 20, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    Thank you Tim. You are a rare and wonderful creature.

    If only there had been 20 Tims down there doing what you did, it would have prevented any leases from being auctioned because Obama I HOPE, will stop a re-auction in February.

    You ROCK!

  2. #2 by Anonymous on December 20, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    Thanks from me too Tim. It was an inspired act and I honor you for taking initiative. Put me on the Dechristopher legal defense fund mailing list.

    Ray Wheeler

  3. #3 by ginny on December 20, 2008 - 3:48 pm

    Thanks, Tim, for your courageous action.

  4. #4 by Jim on December 20, 2008 - 3:56 pm

    Thanks, Tim. I remain poised to contribute either to the bid itself or to your legal defense fund.


  5. #5 by Moribund Republic on December 20, 2008 - 4:10 pm

    What are the totals of the bids on the leased areas?

    Perhaps the public can pony up and make Tim the most unproductive oil man since George W. Bush!!

  6. #6 by Ken Schreiner on December 20, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    When I saw you on Channel 5, I wondered how their audience would react. My guess: not favorably. But react? You bet. And that’s one for our side. Well done.

  7. #7 by Carolyn Williams on December 20, 2008 - 5:21 pm

    Brilliant move, Tim. Thank you for your courage.

  8. #8 by Roger Wilcox on December 20, 2008 - 5:31 pm

    I was hoping Robert Redford or someone like him would actually just BUY all the rights. I couldn’t believe it when I read about you. Thanks so much for the courageous step you took, Tim. My wife and I have both posted your story on DailyKos, and there are others, too. The country needs to know what serious, effective civil disobedience looks like, and you showed them in spades. Hopefully you will inspire many more people to stand up for any of the many problems we face. We will be there to help in whatever way we can as your story proceeds. Best regards.

  9. #9 by tigi on December 20, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    Thank you Tim. A wonderful show of courage and commitment. I’ll contribute should you need.

  10. #10 by RivrGrrl on December 20, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Great idea and courageous move, Tim. Tons of Thanks and gratitude. Best wishes to follow you wherever you go.

  11. #11 by Richard Warnick on December 20, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    Roger– The bids totaled $7.5 million. Even SUWA doesn’t have that much money. Maybe Redford does. However, the relevant issue is that the BLM should never have offered these areas for lease– by law, they should be off limits.

  12. #12 by Moribund Republic on December 20, 2008 - 5:52 pm

    All these best wishes must translate into something real, for as sure as Tim being charged, this action is tantamount to open rebellion in the world of the energy deacons.

    Allow it, and to not punish it, the public may become emboldened that they can stop these miscreants from having their way with public lands. Be sure that it goes deeper to the elements in the Federal government that allow it, and rather obviously receive kickbacks from their lax regulation.

    What we see with Blogo for example is the tip of the iceburg.

    Something real in the way of defense must happen. If Tim gets punished and stranded, then it will mean nothing.

    Two things will happen now, a) the action will be ignored and under reported in the mainstream media.

    b) Tim will be defined as an eco terrorist by the mainstream media.

    How this plays out will be very instructive to progressives. Don’t blow it.

  13. #13 by princessmononoake on December 20, 2008 - 5:53 pm

    My mom came across a blog describing your courageous act. My mom is always talking about how no one takes chances any more because of fear. She told me what you did could jepordize your future and it was a very brave thing to do. I’m still in high school, but your action has inspired me. I’m telling your story to everyone I know. Thank you.

  14. #14 by Ed Firmage, Jr. on December 20, 2008 - 6:28 pm


    Ed Abbey is smiling down on you from his Island in the Sky.

    Here in the sublunar world, we raise a toast in your honor! And money for your legal defense.

    Three cheers for the man who made George the Less’s minions in the Bureau of Logging and Mining look the fools they are.

  15. #15 by PrincessToo on December 20, 2008 - 6:59 pm

    I don’t know who Edward Abbey is but I am am also smiling at you. What a fantastic thing you’ve done.

    You are my hero…and cute too!

  16. #16 by Ken on December 20, 2008 - 7:01 pm

    Sorry but I will not thank someone who makes us more dependent on foreign oil. Who’s actions will cause power bills to “skyrocket” as Barack Obama put it. Are you going to get a warm feeling in your heart when old lady’s on fixed incomes freeze in their homes because they can’t afford to heat it? You may think you stuck it to the oil companies but what you really did was hurt everyone who uses electricity, natural gas and oil which includes you, you hypocrite!

  17. #17 by Steve Harris on December 20, 2008 - 7:02 pm

    I hope the Serria Club or the SUWA steps up and sets up a legal defense fund for Tim. As you can read, there are many of us ready to contribute.

    Someone please post what we can do to help.


  18. #18 by Becky on December 20, 2008 - 7:30 pm


    I would never have the courage to do what you did. Thank you for having both the brilliant idea, and the courage to carry it out.

  19. #19 by Josh Sonkiss, MD on December 20, 2008 - 7:30 pm

    Hats off to you, Tim. John Locke, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela would be proud.

    You have my support. And speaking of support, if everyone in Salt Lake Valley contributed $1, or just a tenth of us gave $10, the purchase price would be paid. Just let me know where to send the check.

  20. #20 by joe firmage on December 20, 2008 - 7:45 pm

    I think this stand is rare, courageous, and most definitely in the spirit of Ed Abbey.

    I’ll do whatever is asked to help, so far as I can Tim. Joe Firmage

  21. #21 by Jake Hanson on December 20, 2008 - 7:54 pm

    Wow. Tim really did an amazing thing. This is a great example of someone truly working the public good, even at great personal cost. Sincere thanks, Tim.


  22. #22 by Sustainable Elaine on December 20, 2008 - 8:28 pm

    Thanks Tim for your chutzpah 🙂

  23. #23 by Anonymous on December 20, 2008 - 9:04 pm

    Dear Tim – You are the Environmental Activist of the Hour, at the very least! I am proud to say that I was in the room when you made your Reverberating statement, in the form of raising an innocent paddle to the BLM – their OWN paddle that they actually Invited you to take! To say that the Right Man was in the Right Place at the Right Time is a gross understatement.

    You stopped what we could not stop with our signs and letters of protest. We will work to keep you ‘free’ – as free as any american is at this point. We are collecting funds for a legal defense to make sure the BLM realizes they are messing with the wrong Activists and Cause.

    Thank you thank you – from those of us who are blessed to live in Moab and all most of all, Mother Earth.

    In solidarity and Friendship,
    Julianne Fitzgerald

  24. #24 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 20, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    P.S. Please click on the link above right (and here) – to make a tax deductible donation to Tim’s Legal Defense! Give what you can to support this Peaceful act of Civil Disobedience!

  25. #25 by Haddie on December 20, 2008 - 9:10 pm

    You can donate to Tims defense at

    There is a link on the home page. Please do donate whatever you can.

  26. #26 by ATVGirl on December 20, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    I don’t normally support you freaking liberals, but in this case I have to take my hat off to you.

    This seems like payback for Clinton’s last minute designation of the Grand Staircase. That was Clinton’s middle finger to Utah for voting for Dole and Perot.

    This is Bush’s fuck you to you liberals AND us rednecks.

  27. #27 by Jerry Cope on December 20, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Well, how I wish I had been there to help you bid it up. A brilliant new path in direct action, I hope you sleep well tonight. Your are an inspiration and many many thanks for your courage.
    For myself, my children, and those ignorant foolish people you inconvenienced, a heartfelt thanks.

    Please contact me as soon as time permits, I am working on a direct action feature and would like to include you.

    God bless you this holiday season and please let me know if I may be of assistance.

    All best,
    Jerry Cope

  28. #28 by Rebecca on December 20, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    We’re proud of you Tim, and we stand behind you. The Bush administration and their years of mindless national and international destruction will thankfully be behind us soon. The next administration isn’t going to run things like they’ve been run under that evil dictator/moron known as George Bush. What you’ve done is given the citizens of Utah, and everyone who cares about preserving our beautiful parks and wilderness areas, time to prevent this underhanded attempt to hand over our most scenic and sacred lands to big oil.

  29. #29 by Dave Foreman on December 20, 2008 - 10:40 pm

    Thanks for your bold and decisive action, Tim. Truly a brilliant deed. I’m encouraging folks to contribute to your legal defense fund.

  30. #30 by Anonymous on December 20, 2008 - 10:50 pm

    You’re awesome Tim! 🙂

  31. #31 by Matt Miller on December 20, 2008 - 11:22 pm

    What you did was amazingly ballsy, and whatever happens, I will forever admire you for it.

  32. #32 by Gail Murdock on December 20, 2008 - 11:42 pm

    Tim, Many thanks for your strength, consciousness and integrity. You, in addition to being an advocate for our lands and earthly spirituality, are an important role model for us all… especially for our youth. If you are ever in need of an emotional boost and reinforcement, spend a moment and listen to Peter, Paul and Mary’s rendition of HAVE YOU BEEN TO JAIL FOR JUSTICE. I am spending a moment now listening to it, burning sage and sending thanks and blessings to you. Peace and continued strength to you.


  33. #33 by the whooping crone on December 21, 2008 - 3:56 am

    Thanks, again, Tim.
    As I said in my previous…
    “You’re one of the ones I’ve been waiting for the last 30 years.”
    May Good Fortune attend you.

  34. #34 by Teri Underwood on December 21, 2008 - 6:14 am

    I am very proud of you. You are so smart and a hero.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. #35 by Veronica Egan on December 21, 2008 - 7:43 am

    Tim. You had the guts to take a big risk and we’re proud of you for doing it! Great Old Broads for Wilderness had planned to attend the auction but couldn’t due to the weather, but you stood up for all of us, and for the wild lands of Utah. We thank you!

  36. #36 by Uncle Rico on December 21, 2008 - 8:21 am

    Tim, my man, you are a TRUE patriot. While the rest of us are just voices crying in the wilderness, you actually did something that was innovative, unexpected and effective.

    Cactus Ed would be damn proud to call you an acquaintance.

  37. #37 by Kerry Soliz on December 21, 2008 - 8:41 am

    Tim, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your actions. I am inspired. I would be happy to donate to your legal defense fund. I hope your actions inspire us all to do a little monkey wrenching!!

  38. #38 by Bob Goldberg on December 21, 2008 - 9:09 am

    What a brilliant act of defiance! Non violent, yet striking at the very heart of the process. This not only denies the power of the machine, but sabotages it as well. This buys the time that is so crucial to change.

  39. #39 by Jake Sofa on December 21, 2008 - 9:36 am

    Thank You Tim!!!
    We need more noble warriors like you to fight the destructive forces of evil that threaten our safety and sanity. You are truly a hero and I applaud your actions. Do not give up the fight. You are a beacon of hope and a great man who has rekindled my desire to fight the misguided capitalists who would shackle us in poverty and cancer for their filthy lucre.
    Cheers and may peace be with you.

  40. #40 by JFarmer on December 21, 2008 - 9:36 am


    Your comment displays, yet again, your incomprehension re the effect of local drilling on the supply and price of oil (natural gas, etc.) to Americans in general.

  41. #41 by Moribund Republic on December 21, 2008 - 9:46 am

    Bob, I agree with your sentiments, but for people that are dumping millions of dollars a day into their operations, it is but a small stumbling block. Make no mistake, their efforts to squash this type of dissent will be pretty huge.

    Will Obama cut off the domestic oil and gas industry? With the loss of jobs and such he is in a pickle, especially in the Rocky Mtn West. Is it even a high priority given the collapse in very imp0rtant political areas of the nation?

    The best defense any of us have is that they have found easily taken gas reserves in Shreveport Louisiana area, and will move there until the smoke clears and the price goes up again and stabilizes. Because it always does.

    The best monkey wrenching would come from buying the leases. Maybe turn off your gas heaters and get a sweater.

  42. #42 by George on December 21, 2008 - 10:04 am

    Thanks, Tim, from a retired BLM employee. There are many in BLM who would have stopped the leasing if they could. Sometimes only the public can protect the public lands.

  43. #43 by Ellen on December 21, 2008 - 10:09 am

    God Bless you (and mad props for a clever idea; i’ll contribute to your defense fund when it is established.)


  44. #44 by carolyn on December 21, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Way to go Tim!!! where can we donate to the purchase and/or defense fund?

  45. #45 by Moribund Republic on December 21, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Hey Jim, most of this gas is going to Missouri and Ohio I am told, the plain and simple fact is that there are royalties that the States (Utah and CO) accrue that hold taxes down and enable the States to spend.

    The problem is that you have locals that want the drilling, they need a job, and have nothing else that would pay them the wages. The benefit extends to the State income tax, increased fuel consumption (major) and the requisite taxes, increased ancillary business. The entire economic domino effect that this rapacious industry brings is very appealing to someone with no money. Like the State of Utah, and it’s drill, drill component.

    This is before any royalty money which goes to the county where the drilling happens, at least in CO.

    What the hell are you going to do in Vernal for a job now anyway if energy closes shop?

    This is what we are up against. Be certain that the lobbies of those populous states that need the gas, especially in the deep freeze globally warmed world this year, will have Obama’s ear. This is the result of no alternatives that are meaningful.

    If there were, this would not be happening.

  46. #46 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 21, 2008 - 10:18 am

    Please help Tim by donating to his Legal Defense fund! We need to help this young man who stood up for Mother Earth!

  47. #47 by American Taleban on December 21, 2008 - 10:21 am

    No Julianne, let him go to prison and become the martyr he apparently wishes to be.

    We need that more!

  48. #48 by Gary Orona on December 21, 2008 - 10:46 am

    Thank you Tim. This is one of the most significant and amazing acts of heroism I’ve heard of in quite some time. So many of us feel so helpless in our innate desire to defend the land as the powers that be have become so entrenched in their “spin” on the truth. You’ve driven a huge spike into the illusion of what the Hopi would call “Powaka”, the sorcer that fools us all. The Dine’s (Navajo) Nayenezgani (Monster Slayer) would bow to you in respect if he walked the Earth in this time.

    The friends in my circle are sending what we can in your defense.

    Good Thoughts,

    Gary O

  49. #49 by Jeff Ward on December 21, 2008 - 11:12 am

    Tim, We have similar backgrounds in that I have not only watched many of my favorite places on Earth be destroyed, but have also spent a large percentage of my professional career working on land management issues. I commend you for your actions! I hope through all of this, you come out on top! Thank you from all of us!

  50. #50 by Jenn on December 21, 2008 - 11:17 am

    What an effective and creative action! Nice job from a Code Pink activist.

  51. #51 by DJ on December 21, 2008 - 11:32 am

    Thank you, Tim! Your action, which was elegant and inspired, did as much for our morale as it did for our water quality. I hope you inspire a thousand imitators.

  52. #52 by Dan Patel on December 21, 2008 - 11:49 am

    What a great action. Non-violent, effective and elegant. We need heroes not martyrs. I’m contributing to the fund. If you are not prosecuted spend it on beer.

  53. #53 by Helen Mulder on December 21, 2008 - 11:51 am

    The best Christmas present is the effort of one young man to take a stand. His action has cast a hopeful spotlight on citizen effort. We’re with Tim.

  54. #54 by Peta Owens-Liston on December 21, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    The world needs more of you! The environment needs more of you! I’ll make plenty of noise if the feds come down hard on you. Thank you.

  55. #55 by Amy O'Connor on December 21, 2008 - 12:17 pm


    Great job! I admire your courage.

    If we had spent $600 billion plus (the current total cost of the Iraq war) on developing alternative energy, we would be a whole lot closer to kicking our addiciton to oil and gas. It is actions like yours that will continue to shine a bright light on the dire need to create an alterative energy future — or suffer the many, serious consequences that include continued destruction of our most precious wild places. Thanks for your inspiration and action.



  56. #56 by JD on December 21, 2008 - 12:24 pm

    Tim: A bidder’s paddle instead of shoes … but the effect is the same. Congratulations!

  57. #57 by Kristina Thorpe on December 21, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    You are my hero!!!

  58. #58 by Scott Williams on December 21, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    Tim, You did this for all of us. You must not bear the consequences alone. We will stand with you.

  59. #59 by trace on December 21, 2008 - 12:46 pm

    YAHOOOOOO! In the grand tradition of the Sea Shepherd Society – Let’s hear it for direct action! Time for Robert Redford to protect this little star – and there has to be a better way to thank him – this web site is too easy,and frankly, I don’t trust the ‘legal defense fund’ links… diad ngh

  60. #60 by Tiger on December 21, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Thank you, Tim. This was a brilliant, selfless act. If only more people, myself included, were willing to follow your example.

  61. #61 by Laurie on December 21, 2008 - 1:32 pm

    Bravo doesn’t begin to cover it, and I agree that Redford should pony up for your defense. What a brave, amazing thing you have done. I think Delicate Arch should be renamed DeChristopher Arch.
    You are a hero forever.

  62. #62 by Sonny Whitelaw on December 21, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    You’re a legend, mate! It takes a special brand of courage to place yourself in the legal firing line like that. You should know that there’s an awful lot of people out here (I’m from Australia) cheering you on. Well done.

  63. #63 by JS on December 21, 2008 - 1:59 pm

    I found this site and donated $200 – I hope you will help Mr. DeChristopher as well. We need this type of activism during the transition and afterward. Policy has a way of clearing its own path. Please join us with your donations.

  64. #64 by Michelle Sheely on December 21, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    way to go Tim. We hope it all works out for the environment.

  65. #65 by Dianne on December 21, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    We are asked to give a comment (one) so Ken gives a negative twice, full of redundancy and pontification. Ken, pontificate is the same as deficate, except with the mouth.

  66. #66 by JP on December 21, 2008 - 3:15 pm

    Thanks Tim! I hoe you inspire many others as you have inspired me.

  67. #67 by rae on December 21, 2008 - 3:31 pm

    Much gratitude and love to you man!!!! Brilliant!!!

  68. #68 by Brookyln on December 21, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    Good work Tim. NYT’s coverage today. We owe you.

  69. #69 by J. Chivers on December 21, 2008 - 5:19 pm

    Christopher: Did you walk or ride your bike to the auction??

    The definition of a true environmentalist is one who will sit in the cold, in the dark not being able to get anywhere and still hold true to his principles. Thanks to you and your kind, I’m afraid we’ll all soon be able to test the depth of your convictions.

  70. #70 by Michael on December 21, 2008 - 5:35 pm

    This was indeed a brilliantly inspired strategy. This was a well played gambit which virtually drove a stake through the heartless, insidiously rapacious cretins.

    As the treasonous Bushwhack and Company pursuit every conceivable device and felonious machination to continue to plunder, pillage and pirate our venerable and august natural treasure, most of us curse and lament the relentless, egregious and prolific unnatural acts and “Dic-king” this administration has visited upon us.

    DeChristopher reintroduces us to the genius of creative proactive dissent; the power of the individual and/or relative small collective can indeed be an effective tool against imprudence and the maladroit. The DeChristopher
    model can be very instructive. As the Obama administration are compiling
    their list of Bushwhacked atrocities for which actions can be immediately deployed to reverse or mollify, I believe conscientious progressives will find, within the newly appointed Cabinet heads of the regulatory agencies, allies truly committed to the resurrection of the people’s primacy of their lands and liberties.

    If all else fails,Redford and the NRDC certainly has $1.7MM and the “new” BLM and Interior Departments could easily codify such onerous restrictions as to make access untenable That the purchasers of these leases would gladly sell them back to the “people” at a fraction of their original bids….Nice Job Tim.

  71. #71 by GPMerens on December 21, 2008 - 5:37 pm


    Outstanding, simply outstanding! Thanks for being yet another example of how David can successfully fight Goliath!

  72. #72 by Obama the Paul [merLoT] on December 21, 2008 - 5:40 pm

    Thank you, Tim! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  73. #73 by Amanda on December 21, 2008 - 6:29 pm

    Thank y0u TIm! You did more to save the Utah Parks from Bush eco-terrorism in one day than a dozen of my letters, petition signings, or phone calls.

    “One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse teh conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing teh highest respect for law.” MLK

    You are in excellent company, MLK, Ghandi
    All my best wishes for you and I will continue to follow your case.

  74. #74 by Mascha on December 21, 2008 - 6:51 pm

    Brave and brilliant deed. We appreciate your initiative, dear Tim.

  75. #75 by Jim on December 21, 2008 - 8:06 pm

    Thank you for your courage – and for realizing that direct action is sometimes necessary. You are a hero!

  76. #76 by Danielle on December 21, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Thanks Tim, you are a true Patriot.

  77. #77 by Kristin on December 21, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much!

    And to J. Chivers, what have you personally done lately to make such a major difference and bring attention to such important issues?

  78. #78 by susan on December 21, 2008 - 9:30 pm

    YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! The animals and humans alike owe you!!!
    Atlanta, GA

  79. #79 by katie on December 21, 2008 - 10:08 pm

    Thank you for acting on your beliefs. You are a hero!

  80. #80 by Reb on December 21, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Wow, Tim. Thanks for your civil disobedience. Your cleverness and bravery shall not be forgotten, my fellow Ute!

  81. #81 by high uintas on December 21, 2008 - 10:39 pm

    I just want you to know that I have few, true heros. Tim, you are one of them. I just heard that Pat Shea want’s to represt you and I hope that he and others help you out with this.

    Go Tim!

  82. #82 by Johnny Rook on December 21, 2008 - 10:44 pm

    Thank you Tim for creativity and heroism in defending our natural heritage from these final predations by the Bush Administration and their corporate cronies. I wish you good luck in your defense and will be publicizing your actions on my blog Climaticide Chronicles. Please let us know if a fund is set up for your defense so that we can organize contributions.


  83. #83 by Maureen on December 21, 2008 - 11:00 pm

    Thank you, Tim. I will be watching and doing what I can to make sure this classic act of civil disobedience reaps the reward of making it impossible for that rotten Bush to destroy any more of our wildlands. When I was an undergraduate at the U of U in the 1960’s I was one of a cadre of students who brought the Park Building to a screeching halt with a sit-in against the U of U’s official support of the Vietnam war. During the entire Bush administration I have been waiting that kind of response from the general public, and you finally stepped up and did it for us all. putting yourself in harm’s way because of your principles. I am proud of you. Thank you.

  84. #84 by Zig on December 21, 2008 - 11:41 pm

    Thanks for your brave, creative and smart actions, Tim! Let’s hope this unleashes a wave of similar actions in future drilling auctions. The Bushies are desperate to give away as much of the country as possible to their oil cronies before they leave office and lots more of these giveaways are happening now and in the next month.

  85. #85 by Dallas Hamilton on December 21, 2008 - 11:46 pm

    It is not often someone can find the courage to make a stand similar to what you have done. When you surrender your rights for the protection of land, which disturbingly seems to have little or no value to this nation, a deeper understanding of nature and self can be found.

    I want to thank you for speaking on behalf of nature, and sacrificing yourself for your beliefs. In my opinion you have done nothing wrong, nature needs a voice, nature needs more Tim DeChristophers to make a stand.

    Dallas Hamilton

  86. #86 by Michelle Peterson on December 21, 2008 - 11:48 pm

    Tim, I live in Moab and love it. I appreciate what you did to prevent senseless drilling of our precious and sensitive land down here. It would be heartbreaking to drive down the street and see oil rigs especially knowing all the mess, destruction and toxicity they create for our ever-giving mother earth. I can’t imagine too many visitors wanting to come to Arches National Drilling Field Park. So thank you from me and from the countless species inhabiting the land you stood up for.

  87. #87 by Cliff Lyon on December 21, 2008 - 11:54 pm


  88. #88 by Larry Bergan on December 22, 2008 - 12:54 am

    I just donated, but I wish Paypal were easier to use. If you don’t want to give them your direct deposit number, (which makes me uncomfortable), you can donate up to $20.00 at a time without doing that.

    I have never seen anywhere close to the number of positive and supportive comments, on any blog, as Tim has generated with his brave and selfless action. I have been focusing my puny efforts on getting Bush impeached, but now that we are rid of him, we can focus on our other passions, and Utah wilderness is at the very top of my list. I love this state and I can’t understand why our politicians are so worried about the Alaska wildlife refuge, but ignoring my beautiful home.

    Thanks for shining a light on Utah, Tim!

  89. #89 by Andy Pabst on December 22, 2008 - 1:36 am

    AMAZING! It’s people like this that make me want to become a pro-bono lawyer, haha!

  90. #90 by Larry Bergan on December 22, 2008 - 2:11 am

    KSL gives a very good report from both sides:

    Who do you think won?

  91. #91 by Julie Smith on December 22, 2008 - 2:22 am

    It is so great to see a man who is not afraid to take a principled stand. Please know that your story is being pushed on the blogosphere and that you have many willing to stand by you with moral and financial donations. Good for you; be proud!

  92. #92 by mike on December 22, 2008 - 3:30 am

    Thanks Tim! great work!

  93. #93 by Tulli Kerstetter on December 22, 2008 - 6:15 am

    I live in a small town in San Juan County, surrounded by those who think “environmentalist” is a dirty word. I think I had the only Obama sign in the area! So when a friend emailed me Tim’s sublime act of civil disobedience, I was heartened. What courage that took. It is truly amazing to think, as the country as a whole has spoken out against continued use of dirty fuel, that the BLM under Bush would allow such blatant and wholesale acts of sabotage against the national interest by auctioning off the West to expanded mining of those same dirty fuels. I will donate to Tim’s legal defense as my act of civil disobedience. Well done, Time!

  94. #94 by Renee on December 22, 2008 - 7:12 am

    Thank you, Tim, for your brilliant act of courage on behalf of all of us who care about life on our planet.

  95. #95 by Sue Gracey on December 22, 2008 - 7:23 am

    This old gray grannie is weepy this morning at the news of such a brave and intelligent act on the part of one of our next generation. I know he is not alone and that others have been doing wonderful things to save the beauty and richness of our wonderful land. Yes, there IS hope!

    Thank you, Tim deChristopher.

  96. #96 by Lisa Guido on December 22, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Thank you Tim. Brave, clever individual actions are our only hope.

  97. #97 by Anonymous on December 22, 2008 - 7:56 am

    Wow! I just hear an interview about this on KPFA radio. Thank you Christopher!

  98. #98 by Anonymous on December 22, 2008 - 7:58 am

    woops too early in the am:

    to correct!

    Thank you Tim DeChristopher!!!!!

  99. #99 by cav on December 22, 2008 - 8:13 am

    Let me guess: Tim probably biked down to the protest, aka bushie legacy fire-sale, while the oil corporation bidders flew in on private jets.

    Sounds about right…and shame on Tim. (in the Bingham spirit)

  100. #100 by Jorge on December 22, 2008 - 8:39 am

    It’s people like you that make me proud to be American. What a wonderful show of courage! Bravo Tim!

  101. #101 by Erin Haley on December 22, 2008 - 8:45 am

    Thank you Tim! You really took one for the team man! People nowadays don’t have that kind of courage anymore.
    Way to throw a wrench into all kinds of machinery that needed it

  102. #102 by arighteousbabe on December 22, 2008 - 8:46 am

    Christopher, do contact Pat Shea. He knows what he’s doing, and the bigwigs know and respect him.

    As for the “we’ll never be able to come up with the purchase price” argument, how do you know that? If Chris plays his cards right and gets the media he should out of this (Daily Show? Rachel Maddow? – get a PR person if you haven’t yet and work this baby), and if we set up a well-managed and transparent fund for purchasing the leases, then why shouldn’t we be able to? I bet you could get enough donations from the public for at least a pretty good down payment.

    I actually think this would be a great approach. We should all be out there buying oil and gas leases and putting up little fake drilling machines on them.

  103. #103 by arighteousbabe on December 22, 2008 - 8:48 am

    I mean Tim, not Chris. Sorry! It’s too early in the morning….

  104. #104 by Erin Jane Cooper on December 22, 2008 - 8:56 am

    The spirit of Hayduke lives on! I have loved these lands since I was a small child exploring Arches Nat’l Park. Have lived in Moab for 17 years now. This place is so much of my soul. I wrote my letters, made my calls, spread the word to friends & family to do the same. Then I sat by in hopelessness as the sales were going forward anyway. Today I wake up knowing that one courageous man might have changed the future of the lands I love! The thought that my 9-month old daughter might not have gotten to experience the place we can home as unexploited still makes me ache. But now there is hope! Thank you Tim. Someday I hope to thank you with a river trip down Westwater Canyon. A true wilderness experience. You are not alone in your upcoming fight to defend your brave action!
    Erin Cooper, Moab Utah

  105. #105 by Elliot on December 22, 2008 - 8:58 am

    That is a really great thing you did. I just donated some cash to your legal defense. By combining social engineering and environmental monkeywrenching, it’s like you’ve got a whole new method of action for the 21st century. I hope they don’t keep you in caught up in the courts and prisons for long, we need more people like you out there fighting.

  106. #106 by David Smith on December 22, 2008 - 9:21 am

    Look, let’s forget about the legal defense thing and just put together 1.8 million dollars to buy the rights that he bid on. It will cost less than the lawyers, and if he comes up with the cash, where’s the crime?

  107. #107 by Anonymous on December 22, 2008 - 9:41 am

    I agree & will donate to that cause

    Bluffton Sc

  108. #108 by Moribund Republic on December 22, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Well, there may the be the issue of intent David. if it can be proven that he had no intention of paying up the leases when he conceived the crime, that would be the goose cooking. That would have to be proven, it does not help that he has spoken a bit too much about his intent, as if he had not, he could just say he meant to pay, when the money shows up, if it shows up.

  109. #109 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 22, 2008 - 10:04 am

    I am speaking for Tim when I say that his entire purpose was to bring attention to the fraudulent nature of the BLM lease-sale and the travesty of potentially drilling for the finite resource of oil. He knew the risks involved, as far as possible legal implications. He is a Peaceful person, engaging in the most effective non-violent civil disobedience action that he could think of.

    Buying the leases has been discussed and it would be Wonderful, if everybody who’s talking about this idea, would actually pony up the dough. However, this is irrelevant to Tim’s statement. He is a Voice for Mother Earth – and realizes that we are no longer in the Eleventh Hour, but in fact environmentally, we’re more like 11:59. The time to wake up to our Planet’s many cries for help is Now.

    He isn’t trying to find a back door out of this situation and many brilliant minds are coming together to ensure his freedom. Meanwhile, please donate to the established legal fund and meditate on peace.

  110. #110 by paige e. peasley on December 22, 2008 - 10:04 am

    dear tim: you are my hero!!!! if you are charged with any offenses, i will certainly donate money to your legal defense you’re an inspiration too all of us paige e. peasley, esq. erie, pa

  111. #111 by Myron on December 22, 2008 - 10:05 am

    thanks tim:
    your actions have inspired me to work more creatively in the defense of our planet.

    to others: please don’t wait for someone else (more powerful or wealthy) to donate for tim’s legal fees – this is our task to do together.

  112. #112 by Blazing Star on December 22, 2008 - 10:07 am

    Yes, let’s start a donation from which to purchase the rights on which he bid. Great idea. Saves the land and saves him from prosecution.

  113. #113 by Patrick O'Dell on December 22, 2008 - 10:20 am

    Many thanks Tim for your courageous stand. I too stand ready to contribute to your legal defense. I would also contribute for the purchase of the land although it is a shame for Americans to have to pay for what they already own.
    Patrick O’Dell

  114. #114 by Melissa on December 22, 2008 - 10:21 am

    Thank you, Tim! We should all take a lesson from you and become more involved in being disobedient. It might be our last resort while thieves are still in the White House.

  115. #115 by Kyle Gardner on December 22, 2008 - 10:23 am

    Thanks Tim, you are courageous and clever. We need more of that to combat the mindlessness that would otherwise destroy our sacred lands in pursuit of the almighty dollar!! The entire decision-making process at BLM is rigged so your act is most appreciated. Cactus Ed would be so proud!

  116. #116 by Ken Sleight on December 22, 2008 - 10:26 am

    Tim, you did wonderfully. I’m with you, as I’m sure Abbey is also. To resist unjust laws and unjust regulations and unjust rules is most honorable.

    Thank you so much, and I’ll do what I can from this end. I’m so grateful to you!

    Ken Sleight

  117. #117 by Elizabeth on December 22, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Tim, you and your actions are inspirational. Your story has raised awareness of the Bush administration’s continued lack of ethics and lack of interest in what is best for this country. You may not think of yourself in this way but you are a hero. I will definitely contribute to your legal defense fund. Thank you!

  118. #118 by goodneighbor420 on December 22, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Aren’t there any law firms out there that would defend this guy pro-bono? Come on, I’m sure these donations would cover your actual expenses…..just donate your expertise….what, no ‘green’ lawyers around???

  119. #119 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 22, 2008 - 10:45 am

    Tim has an excellent legal team forming, Pro Bono, but that’s only for their time. The associated costs of a legal case have to be paid from somewhere, which is why we’re collecting the Legal Defense funds. Thanks for donating!

  120. #120 by Gregg on December 22, 2008 - 10:46 am

    TIM!!!! brotha you are an awesome human being and know this:


    you are a great example and inspiration to me

    With our powerful will that you have exemplified with such heroism, we will indeed take back what is ours.

    The new era of human kind in complete balance with Mother Earth is upon us.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for simply being able to manifest.

    Your brother Gregg from Chicago sends a big hug.

  121. #121 by Stevee on December 22, 2008 - 10:54 am


  122. #122 by Moribund Republic on December 22, 2008 - 11:00 am

    Julianne, how “fraudulent” can the operation be if Tim participated in it and actually won the bids under false pretenses?

    The land is on BLM areas, do believe they will look for gas more than oil down there. This land is public and is administered by the federal government. Though we hate it, such auctions are what is expected and normal on public BLM lands where mineral rights are available. Same goes for logging in the National Forest, and industrial uses of all kinds of public lands.

    Nothing is locked up forever I have said, when it comes to money, there is just waiting for the right political situation. This may

    be the particular time for environmental precedence if it is done correctly.

    Meditating on peace is commendable, however the interests that we face are in it for the long haul, and need to be resisted with a bit more than psychic thoughts.

    Take note of the Ijaw of the Niger Delta. They wished to save their environment from oil production. After much violence the problem was resolved when the oil majors cut them in on the action, and let them rule the area. Co-option is a slippery thing. At the very least, they are now being paid for getting their delta destroyed.

  123. #123 by Anne on December 22, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Thankyou Tim. Good move. If you do face charges/do time… I intend, and hopefully “we” as well
    will make ALOT of noise, and work tirelessly to support you and your efforts.

  124. #124 by Heather from Portland on December 22, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Thanks Tim,
    You rock! As I told my husband, if you don’t end up needing the money I gave to your defense fund you just use it as you wish…I would have gladly paid you to do what you did. We all need to think more proactively…we are the people we have been waiting for…Heather

  125. #125 by David Hajjar on December 22, 2008 - 11:20 am

    In a country where heroes and leaders are all to a person corrupt beyond belief, you Tim are a bona fide hero and a blessing to this nation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  126. #126 by Karen on December 22, 2008 - 11:37 am

    I am inspired. Thank you for doing something, not just observing. As part of the Tim fan club, I now have greater resolve to step up and do more. In the deepest way Namaste!

  127. #127 by Anonymous on December 22, 2008 - 11:42 am

    Thank you Tim!! Such an inspiring story! and it took guts to do that. Bravo for standing up as the leader that you were waiting to see emerge – that’s real leadership. We are indebted to you 🙂

  128. #128 by Derek on December 22, 2008 - 11:47 am


  129. #129 by Selim Kuru on December 22, 2008 - 11:54 am

    Thank you Tim. You are one of those visionaries. There is some poetry in what you did rhymes in courage with a heightening and encouraging rhythm to it. Hail from Seattle…

  130. #130 by sarah on December 22, 2008 - 11:56 am

    Thanks, Tim! Brilliant and Courageous!! You are inspiring and encouraging me to get to work!

  131. #131 by Karen Wilcox on December 22, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Thanks so much Tim for your fearless and selfless act. I shall think of you whenever I am in southern utah, listening to the sounds of silence, and not the sounds of drilling.

  132. #132 by Paul on December 22, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    Thank you Tim.

    There’s always something truly inspiring about a human being that refuses to take the place and time of his existence for granted. There is something truly inspiring about a person who selflessly enacts a justice, that by its concern for others–in this case the biotic community of humans, animals and landscape–is universal. Universal justice, after all, is universal only to the extent that it perceives the value of the local. Tim, you have taken on the irrational injustice enacted by government and oil that will not even stop long enough to consider the impact of its actions on the community. For them, the local as it extents into the spirit of this land’s biotic inheritance, is just another word for profit. Tim, you have proven yourself in this instance as the mindful heroic scholar of Utah (both local hero and a truly universal human) who, by your selfless act, has exposed the vile monotony of the energy wheelers and dealers who would sell out what’s best in this country (true democratic debate, community, our complex relationship to the land). You have surely done more than just “buy” land at that auction.

    Paul in NY

  133. #133 by Daniel, Portland, ME on December 22, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    Good luck with the hardship to come. Good luck with your studies and with your future. Well done.

  134. #134 by Peter Chang on December 22, 2008 - 12:40 pm

    My eyes got teary en route to work this morning as I heard accounts of Tim’s actions. THANK YOU for taking action in the defense of nature. Many may think of doing something, but as you inferred on your interview with Amy Goodman of KPFK, few actually do. By your actions, you inspires others to stand up and be counted, both by deed and financially. I am proud of and inspired by you!

  135. #135 by Jamshied Sharifi on December 22, 2008 - 12:45 pm


    What you did was very brave, and a great example to all who feel we are irreparably damaging our planet.


  136. #136 by SPK on December 22, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Edward Abbey is smiling. Thank you for your courage and your quick wits to do what you did. You are an inspiration.

  137. #137 by Rebecca J Rens on December 22, 2008 - 1:16 pm

    Dear Tim,
    Bless you; I’m an old hippie from the 60s. We need more people like you to engage in civil disobedience and stop the environmental madness (we can do whatever we want to to Mother earth ’cause Jesus is comin soon). I am going to do whatever I can at the grassroots level with the Democrats. I have a pin which I proudly wear which says “Momma for Obama”. I am broke as a joke however and cannot at this time donate to your legal fees. I will stay on top of what is happening with you and perhaps engage in some nonviolent civil disobedience of my own. Eat your veggies and I’ll see you in the funny papers.
    Rebecca J Rens

  138. #138 by Ken & Karen on December 22, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    Tim – as residents of the southern Appalachian foothills, where unspoiled protected land has all but disappeared, we have a keen appreciation for your act of public protest. Bravo to you for your ingenuity and courage.

    Ken and Karen
    Spirit Bridge

  139. #139 by Jeff Floor on December 22, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    Right on, my brother. You are a genius. Hope the little bit I’ve chipped in will help you with the pending onslaught you’ll be dealing with.

  140. #140 by Blair on December 22, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    Tim, great move. How long do you have to pay the less price. What would it take to raise the $$$ and buy the lease? I’m in for a $100; get a 20,000 – 100,000 environmental types to follow suite and the issue of a legal defense may be moot. You sign over the lease to an organization like OneUtah or the Wilderness Society and they raise the money.

    Time for some action, not just more words! Hopefully a sponsoring organization will step up and host a massive fund raiser. I am sure that time is of the essence. Let’s use the power of the Net to get the word out and take some action.

  141. #141 by Blair on December 22, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    I looks like there is 10 business days from the time of the lease to come up with the payment.

  142. #142 by Susie on December 22, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    Tim – I read an article about your work to my 28 year old son yesterday. I kept stopping every few lines and saying “OMG I can’t believe this kid. This is awesome!” FINALLY. Someone from your generation taking an informed risk, knowing that you might pay a price. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And, Blair, good idea. I’m in, too.

  143. #143 by jasonthe on December 22, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    Here’s to civil disobedience!

    I was happy to see a report on Fox 13 last night that mentioned Tim was getting a lot of support (and even some legal support, if needed).

    Thanks, Tim.

  144. #144 by Pam Allee on December 22, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    Thank you for this Non-Violent Direct Action.

  145. #145 by Annie King on December 22, 2008 - 3:15 pm

    Thank you for your courage and for your audacity.
    Hayduke lives!

  146. #146 by Liz Vaughn on December 22, 2008 - 3:44 pm

    YOU ARE MY HERO! What a creative, inspiring and heartfelt action. I’ve sent the Democracy Now! interview to several people and their hearts are full of admiration and gratitude. Imposter, my ass!

  147. #147 by Dan Kent on December 22, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Tim, wow, somebody who not only walks the talk, but finds an ingenious, harmless way to stop a truly Machiavellian plot to bulldoze for profit in the most beautiful, sacred wildlands on earth. I’ve spent 20 years in and around Moab trying to stave off relentless picking apart for profit of Utah’s remaining unspoiled red rock deserts, protesting, writing letters, going to the media, lobbying congress, even starting a non-profit to defend those lands (Red Rock Forests) and it is just as you said: all to no avail. Well, at least we have held the line in most places, but it feels like so many dutchboys with their fingers in the dike, and that simple harmless act is considered a crime by the public lands oportunists and the henchmen in congress they fund. (can you say Jim Hansen? Larry Craig? Ted Stevens?)These men plot to pillage for personal profit these lands we hold in common, against the will of both the majority of Utahns and the nation at large (not to mention the legitimate desires of the rest of the world and (dare i say) animal and plant inhabitants of this most lovely of deserts. And yet, for your simple act, which supposedly cost people some money, you may go to jail… What do we have enough of, money,or healthy desert wildernesses of living red rock and wild, untrammelled rivers? Good tradeoff, Tim, I just wish i could have been there at your side. And now, since you are such a good dramatist, what can you do with the courtroom drama? I suspect you will have fun with this one and have more opportunities to speak for the voiceless! Know that you are loved and that you are benefitting the only thing worth living for: life itself! I hope it feels good… Dan Kent

  148. #148 by Budd Berkman on December 22, 2008 - 4:51 pm


    Thank you. You have given me the energy (no pun intended) and courage to follow your lead.

    We should all be as fearless as you.

  149. #149 by Lynn Curit-Smith on December 22, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Tim, I just saw you on Democracy Now!! and I am overwhelmed!!! Words cannot express the gratitude and admiration that I feel.
    I wish that I could have been there with you. Good Luck with your case.

  150. #150 by Rudy on December 22, 2008 - 5:00 pm

    Hey Tim, nice move! You have balls the size of tractor wheels, like Dan Bern says. You go, man! Good luck with the backwash on this one.
    Peace, Rudy

  151. #151 by JJ Murphy on December 22, 2008 - 5:02 pm

  152. #152 by Jana Richman on December 22, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    Well done, Tim. I’m proud to contribute to your legal defense fund. We owe you that and more.

    With gratitude,
    Jana Richman

  153. #153 by Terence on December 22, 2008 - 5:41 pm

    Thanks for taking a stand, Tim. A excellent example of what a true patriot can do!

    Best from Berlin,


  154. #154 by Tom Pettit on December 22, 2008 - 5:50 pm

    Thank you for having the courage to take a bold action, providing leadership and inspiration for the rest of us environmental advocates. Yours is an example of hope in action to deal with the despair of the last eight years.

    Forever grateful,
    Tom Pettit

  155. #155 by Richard Sloan on December 22, 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Tim Heard your interview on Democracy Now this morning. You are an inspuration. Let’s hope more folks learn from your courageous example and find creative ways to continue the struggle.

  156. #156 by Mona on December 22, 2008 - 6:48 pm

    I saw you on Amy Goodman… You get an A+ – Thank you for your compassion and courage! Thank you! I will be following your story! You are simply amazing!

  157. #157 by Sami on December 22, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    What an amazing man this country will need… Thank you!

  158. #158 by Kitty Gray on December 22, 2008 - 7:13 pm

    Thank you!

  159. #159 by steven dietrick on December 22, 2008 - 7:29 pm

    You are an inspiration to me and my peers.
    Good luck with the incoming attack from the other side.
    Thank You.

    Very sincerely,

    Steven Dietrick

  160. #160 by Dennis Dougherty on December 22, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    You make all of us proud. I donated to your defense fund after hearing about the story on Democracy Now. I will stay posted.

    Guts! Tim.

  161. #161 by Faye White on December 22, 2008 - 7:54 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  162. #162 by Roy on December 22, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    In my fantasy world our new leader to Change will immediately pardon Tim on January 20. Am I right Emanuel the Zionist Dwarf? Or will be busy killing enemies of Israel?

  163. #163 by brina on December 22, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    Well done Tim! You have shown that one man can accomplish truly great things when he stands up for the right thing – and you certainly don’t stand alone. Thank you for your courage.

  164. #164 by B. Frank on December 22, 2008 - 8:44 pm

    I’ve known some that country well, and would like time to explore more of it. Thanks, Tim, for doing your bit to delay the effort to give it away.

    A few of us over in the San Juan country are trying to keep the faith via a free-form blog, the San Juan Almanac. I posted some links to your story, and an encouragement to support your efforts. Keep stirrin’ it up.

  165. #165 by Winona Suyenobu on December 22, 2008 - 8:52 pm

    Tim –

    I saw you on Democracy Now today, and I was incredibly moved by your courageous heart. Your action showed how moving spontaneously to protect what you love, and feel is precious, made a huge difference that will be felt for generations.

    You are a hero in the highest sense of the word. My deepest thanks. I will donate to your defense fund, and will follow your case.

  166. #166 by Evelyne on December 22, 2008 - 9:27 pm

    I admire your courage and quick thinking. Your are the hero of our times. We need more people like you to turn this country around.

  167. #167 by Jamie on December 22, 2008 - 11:00 pm

    Fan-freaking-tastic!! Well done, brilliant, and admirable. Kudos and blessings to you.

  168. #168 by Emily L. on December 22, 2008 - 11:11 pm


    Your story inspires me. I was in tears listening to the end of your interview on Democracy Now! this morning, when you talked about waiting for someone to do something and finally realizing that the someone might have to be you.

    I feel certain that what you did on Friday will inspire many to take bold and creative action to bring about the future we need to create. You will never know the full effects of your action; do your best to trust that they are immense.

    Thank you.

  169. #169 by Dean on December 23, 2008 - 1:06 am

    We need to find ways to curb the dependency on Middle East oil until alternative energy sources become more viable.
    Where better to find it than mostly uninhabitable land. Sacrifies have to me made. I have driven through Utah before. There is plenty of space for hiking and other useless activites.
    Did you people enjoy paying $4 a gallon for gas. Unfortunately I choose to work for a living and it is hard to get by on my salary when energy prices are so high.
    My guess is this gentleman isn’t concerned about paying for things or ever getting a job. A 27 year old undergrad.

  170. #170 by dan in alaska on December 23, 2008 - 1:30 am

    tim- keep up the cool head and courageous ethics. you are an inspiration for other young folks like myself. best wishes, dan

  171. #171 by Gail Larrick on December 23, 2008 - 2:04 am

    Tim: My heart lives in that wilderness you so gracefully saved, though the rest of me lives in California. I cried all the way through your interview with Amy Goodman–tears of relief that you introduced a snafu into the auction process and in honor of your bold actions. The smile on my face is as big as the one Ed Abbey would be wearing if he were still among us. You are truly my hero. Thank you. May your legal entanglements serve only to draw more attention to this crime of the administration, and may you wear your freedom sweetly when it is all over.

  172. #172 by Ilof Musich on December 23, 2008 - 2:23 am

    You have my gratitude, respect, and admiration for your action. Thank God there are people like you left to act, for those of us who cannot, in situations like this.

    I think of Edward Abby and conservation pioneers of the past who fought to preserve and conserve those lands this Bush administration so carelessly rapes or sells off piecemeal. And I weep.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  173. #173 by timcox on December 23, 2008 - 3:24 am

    Hi tim,

    you are a national hero, nothing less. Thank you. It’s great to see that there are still people to defend nature nature.

    Thank you so much.

  174. #174 by Pamela Rainsong on December 23, 2008 - 6:48 am

    The majestic Canyon Lands of Utah and wildlife thank you and so do I!

  175. #175 by RuthK on December 23, 2008 - 7:24 am

    Forget the defense. We can raise the money for the lease. Others here have suggested it.

    Set up a site for money to pay the lease. Make sure some non-standard news sites hear about it. (I got here from Common Dreams). Include methods of sending money on-line or by mail.

    I’m retired and don’t have much money, but I’ll certainly send something. So will thousands of others.

  176. #176 by Big Chief Smoke Stack on December 23, 2008 - 8:09 am


    Its time to take care of neo-cons and their B.S

  177. #177 by Roberta Garbarini-Philippe on December 23, 2008 - 8:33 am

    Dear Tim,

    I listened to your interview on Democracy Now! and I just wanted to express my admiration for your civic engagement and your courage. I am from Italy but spent my fourth year of high school in Utah and loved the beautiful landscape there. I am hopeful that your brave action will make a difference.


  178. #178 by gwa on December 23, 2008 - 9:04 am

    Brilliantly creative and heroically courageous! The last of the Edward Abbey style activists or the first of a new generation?

  179. #179 by gwa on December 23, 2008 - 9:06 am

    Brilliantly creative and heroically courageous!

  180. #180 by Patricio Gomez on December 23, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Hey Tim:

    Great Job! You’ve set a new standard for nonviolent conflict. Heroic as fuck. Thank you!!!

  181. #181 by kristin cieza on December 23, 2008 - 9:16 am

    You are a hero. You are brilliant. Thank you for your courage. So many people are behind you around the nation.

    My best and good luck!

    Kristin Cieza

  182. #182 by Jlo on December 23, 2008 - 10:05 am

    Thank you, Tim.

  183. #183 by KKU on December 23, 2008 - 10:09 am

    Dear Tim,
    I saw you speak on Democracy Now, and I think you’re
    brilliant and courageous. You’re my hero.

    Buone Cose (Good Things),


  184. #184 by Reese on December 23, 2008 - 10:24 am

    Way To Go, Tim
    This type of activism is what we need more of in many different areas.

  185. #185 by KKU on December 23, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Dear Tim,
    I just also wanted to thank you so much for your ingenuity.



  186. #186 by KKU on December 23, 2008 - 10:35 am

    Dear Tim,
    I just also wanted to thank you so much for your ingenuity.

  187. #187 by hh84mina on December 23, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Thank you, Tim! It was a brilliant idea and we admire your determination for this cause.

  188. #188 by Canyon E on December 23, 2008 - 11:02 am

    dude, good luck, I should have been there too… I hope to see you on campus in the future so I can personally thank you…

  189. #189 by Anonymous on December 23, 2008 - 11:03 am

    Civil Disobedience! Bet it feels good, eh? Maybe I should try it….

    (just gave 10$ I couldn’t really afford, but what the hey.)

  190. #190 by Hawk Circling on December 23, 2008 - 11:22 am

    Your heart is good and your spirit strong! You have support from across the universe!

  191. #191 by Tyler on December 23, 2008 - 11:23 am

    Tim, great work! There are many more in this community who share your enthusiasm for monkey-wrenching the coersion. You are not alone.

  192. #192 by Donna Kimsey on December 23, 2008 - 11:36 am

    Somewhere the spirit of Ed Abbey is laughing.

    Tim, you are a true hero. You stepped up and made a difference for the future of this planet. I will contribute to your defense fund when I am able. You are brilliant.

    Monkey wrenchers unite!

  193. #193 by Jeremy McClain on December 23, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Tim, you are an inspiration. May we all find the same courage and selflessness to stand for what we know is right.

  194. #194 by Kenyon King on December 23, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    You’ve got some serious stones, brother. I will be contributing to your legal defense. Godspeed.

  195. #195 by Laura on December 23, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    Your action was beyond heroic– you are an inspiration. You’ve helped me remember the power we each hold to do what is right. Thank you and good luck.

  196. #196 by Anonymous on December 23, 2008 - 2:14 pm

    THANK YOU! You are loved!

  197. #197 by Christine Perala Gardiner on December 23, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    Tim, you have renewed our faith that there are still American heroes!! Bless you and thank you from the bottom of my heart and the top of my soul!!!

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and each of us have the challenge/ opportunity to seize the moment when it arrives. May great prosperity attend you, good health strengthen you on your path.

    You have a very large audience to speak to, to inspire and to encourage to become the leaders we all seek. You are the face and the voice of the real America.

  198. #198 by Brett"playdoh" Tiedemann on December 23, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    I am SO glad to see someone ( you) found an effective way to publicly protest the actions of a shortsighted and selfish government!….I had long given up on public protest, and though I still write many letters of protest in regard to bad public land policy decisions, I too believe them to be totally inefective….I have renewed hope that I might someday find away as creative and effective as yours to make my voice heard!…..

  199. #199 by Kevin Baldwin - Attorney on December 23, 2008 - 4:17 pm

    YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO!!!!!!! No more, no less.

    You are Martin Luther King, You are Rosa Parks, You are Andrew Jackson, You are Washington at Valley Forge, you are John Adams, You are Jefferson, YOUR FAMILY SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOU.

    Where do I send money for your defense fund; Where do we send money to fund his lease purchases? I want to join Tim DeChristopher’s movement!!!

  200. #200 by woody on December 23, 2008 - 4:29 pm

    This is “monkey-wrenching” in the 21st Century.
    I am incredibly impressed with your bravery, you conscience, and your tactics.
    I have hereby donated the cost of my next bottle of scotch to your defense fund.
    Go Utes!

  201. #201 by Louis Borgenicht on December 23, 2008 - 4:56 pm

    Brilliant move and effort to derail am insidious process. We will remain behind you if crunch time comes with the Feds.

  202. #202 by Lynn Feinerman on December 23, 2008 - 7:16 pm


    Please help us all to do similar things to save the Earth and its creatures.


  203. #203 by Trisha Smith on December 23, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    Thank you for your courage. If your not in jail come join us at Earth Jam 2009 in Liberty Park the end of April. Let’s celebrate the beauty of our land. I have been going to Arches since I was a child and am thankful to know it will be there beautifully for my 2 children.

  204. #204 by Barbara J. on December 23, 2008 - 7:48 pm

    Thanks for disturbing business as usual from the outgoing administration. Brilliant move! You are a true brave heart and give us all hope. I will be happy to donate to your defense fund if necessary and also toward a lease purchase. Go UTES!

  205. #205 by Joy Williams on December 23, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    Wow! I just finished watching Democracy Now with your interview and I am really impressed with what you did. You are a true Amercian Hero, and I think you actually represent the change that we have been looking for. Thank you so much for getting time for that pristine wilderness and for doing what you can to stop the devastation that the corporate world was trying to create. It was a highly creative and amazing act of civil disobedience that had a real effect, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your story brought tears to my eyes.

    Bless you, and Happy Holidays!


  206. #206 by aaron norwood on December 23, 2008 - 9:35 pm

    Tim…great work. We miss you here in AZ…

  207. #207 by Philip Emmi on December 23, 2008 - 11:22 pm

    In a region of the country so blessed with renewable energy resources, there is no reason to move so precipitously toward the irreversible destruction of our collective heritage. Were the lease of these lands legitimate, they would also prove to be so under the next administration and after due deliberation as prescribed by law. The decision to proceed so preemptively was an act of arrogance by an authority whose power is soon extinguished and whose legitimacy has been long depleted. We now suffer under a graceless corruption of power and can ask only that our media outlets and our federal prosecutors reframe from enlarging upon in this corruption by taking this young man to task for having the courage to do what we all know needed to be done.

  208. #208 by debra on December 24, 2008 - 12:30 am


    when i heard your story on democracy now, i was interested and curious but when i heard you say that you had (forgive my paraphrasing) waited and waited for someone to come along and take action before you stepped in, i was moved. how many of us die waiting for that “someone” to come when we were the someone all along. bravo!

  209. #209 by wylie on December 24, 2008 - 2:28 am

    Writing from here in NZ on Christmas Eve in the Southern Hemisphere. Thank you for the best gift. I loved your understanding that you may be your own best hope.
    I’ll go to the how to contribute to defense website next.


  210. #210 by Mina Roller on December 24, 2008 - 7:29 am

    Tim, thank you SO much! You are a true hero. I wish I had even a fraction of your courage!

  211. #211 by Kay Robison on December 24, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Tim I just want to thank you so much for your wonder action at the BLM’s auction. It was brilliant and so simple. It may be a one shot thing, but very worth while. Every time I see a news report about it I want to stand up an cheer especially when other bidders complain of how you ruined their auction. May you live long and inspire other acts of culture jamming.

  212. #212 by Christine M on December 24, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Tim – Just when one feels overwhelmed by big-money interests that ignore the true depth of how much their actions will impact our delicate world, something *wonderful* happens. When I heard what you did, I was heartened and thought, ” Someone DID something about it!” My second thought was, “My hero!” I can’t imagine I can write anything more eloquent than others have already, but I did want to add my voice to the many applauding you for your courage and strength of character. You may have bit of a long haul ahead of you, but it would have been a long haul on any other road- so why not take this route?! Keep heart – I, and many others, are deeply grateful, and will not forget what you have done. Thank you.

  213. #213 by gizmo on December 24, 2008 - 9:56 pm

    Great work Tim ! Thanks for what you have done for us all.

    I’m curious whether there is a movement to pay for the leases that you bought? $1.8 million shouldn’t be that hard to raise for a good cause. One approach would be to find a big non-profit, a bank, or a wealthy individual who would be willing and able to front the money, and then we can work at paying them back. It can be done, and there is no shortage of smart people who can make it happen.

  214. #214 by annie on December 25, 2008 - 2:00 am

    thank you Tim, you are an american hero.

  215. #215 by Judy on December 25, 2008 - 7:04 am

    Thank you, Tim. You are truly a hero. My husband and I had the good fortune to take a drive through part of Utah a couple of years ago. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the land out there. It was truly breathtaking and made me want to cry, for some reason. I remember saying something to my husband about who might own the land. I told him at the time that nobody should be allowed to own it. I was sickened to read that the bastards in the White House are selling it to oil and gas companies. And then you came along. I will certainly help with your legal defense fund. Thank you again. Let’s hope Obama will figure out a way to save places like this permanently.

  216. #216 by Tim DeChristopher on December 25, 2008 - 10:07 am

    Thank you all so much for your support. It gives me real hope for my future to see so many others who are willing to stand up and take action. While my act may end up protecting some land and keeping some oil in the ground, the real significance will be seen when all of you take action to resist the path of destruction that we are on. That is the greatest Christmas gift I could have asked for. I hope to see you all on March 2nd in Washington DC. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all.

  217. #217 by monkey see on December 25, 2008 - 1:11 pm

    Tim ….What a stroke of genius . Thanks for being so brave .

  218. #218 by Porscha Doucette on December 25, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    Thank you Tim! Thank you for standing up and doing something when some many of us felt helpless in this.

  219. #219 by Anonymous on December 25, 2008 - 3:50 pm

    Thank you. It would be a shame if people with money destroyed every thing beautiful in this world all for the sake of making more money. We should cherish the beautiful world around us and not think of every things worth in the amount of dollars it can put in our pocket.
    It is nice to see someone without money preventing people with money from destroying a beautiful area.

  220. #220 by Dave of Seed on December 25, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    Tim, you are the man. Thanks for your great big balls. Our nation’s children may never know, much less Utah’s children, but they will be in your debt.



  221. #221 by Jeff on December 25, 2008 - 6:55 pm

    Nice going. But don’t be shy about connecting with defense money. This is a galvanizing moment. Check out the ideas for litagating funds on CD 12/22/08 Bush’s Mission Accp’d article. there is something there that could be fruitful.

  222. #222 by Tim DeChristopher on December 25, 2008 - 8:14 pm

    Jeff, thanks for your comment. My “shyness” about connecting with defense money comes from the fact that asking for donations is most of what the environmental movement has done for as long as I can remember. While I do need defense money, what I need even more is people taking action of their own. It’s no longer OK for any of us to just send money and sit back and trust that someone else has things covered. It will be easier for me to survive without defense money than without people in the streets. The US Attorney isn’t threatening the death penalty, but the planet is!

  223. #223 by Laurel Wright on December 26, 2008 - 7:21 am

    Tim, you gave me the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. Thank you so much for your ingenuity and bravery. You are my hero!

  224. #224 by Mait Alexander on December 26, 2008 - 7:33 am

    Thanks Tim. Is a legal defense necessary if you can buy the lease?

  225. #225 by Lee Jensen on December 26, 2008 - 8:32 am

    Here are a few bucks to help… I am so very happy that you have Patrick Shea on your side

  226. #226 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 26, 2008 - 11:03 am

    For the Whole story, supporters please go to:, where you can stay up to date on this breaking environmental historical Story!! Stay with us on this – we ALL need to step up and the best way to Thank Tim, is to share your OWN story of civil disobedience, in the name of our planet. It’s all about Peace and the New Activism. Tim is ALL of US – We are the people we’ve been waiting for! Share the story – keep the flames burning, before it’s too late!

  227. #227 by patti on December 26, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    Anything and everything I wanted to say has already been said in the above comments. So Thank you Tim. You represent millions of others’ sentiments.


  228. #228 by Daniel on December 27, 2008 - 11:01 am

    Thanks for your bravery. A person only needs to come here to south Louisiana to know what oil and gas companies can do to a landscape–carve it up so much that the land disappears. If only all of us would have your courage, Tim, perhaps we could save this country yet.

  229. #229 by Bob LaPointe on December 27, 2008 - 1:34 pm

    Dear Tim,
    Thank you for your intuitive action. Unbelievable that this event has remained in the dark for practically a week. Repression and secrecy has been the nature of this administration. Thank God it will soon be over.
    Have you raised the $45,000? If not, can you make a partial payment or get an extension?
    An opportune way to really help this planet now, would be to create a land trust mechanism or entity with the ability to follow through on your bid. Personally, I would be honored to participate by raising awareness, funding and even developing select areas in an eco-friendly way, i.e. solar.
    Bob LaPointe
    Brookdale, CA

  230. #230 by Jamie Heckert on December 27, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    Tim, thank you for helping act for climate stability and for wild beauty! Much love, Jamie

  231. #231 by Nan on December 27, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    Dear Tim,
    Your widsom and courage are an inspiration. Thank you for standing up for the planet. Please let me know if there is a place to donate toward $45,000 down payment on the parcels on which you were the top bidder.


  232. #232 by Leslie on December 27, 2008 - 4:58 pm

    You are my hero.
    Thank you,

  233. #233 by Sunny on December 28, 2008 - 11:19 am

    You’re a hero, Tim, and I’m kicking in. I love our national parks. I camped on the northern edge of Canyonlands last June, and was disturbed much of the night by a SINGLE pumpjack approximately 1/4 mile away.

    Damn the Bush Administration, those crooked creeps. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM????

  234. #234 by Barb P. on December 28, 2008 - 11:39 am

    I just found out about this via RealityWindow. Very cool! I’m chipping in…

  235. #235 by Arthur on December 28, 2008 - 1:38 pm

    Thanks Tim! You’ve brought this atrocious process into the larger spotlight while creatively throwing a monkey wrench into the works.

    Thanks for your courage!

  236. #236 by Desertphile on December 28, 2008 - 2:19 pm

    Thank you 10,000 times: you are a hero and the world needs many more such people.

  237. #237 by The Aunties on December 28, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    Thanks for saying it well for all of us, bro. Keep shining your light! Much love.

  238. #238 by Annie on December 28, 2008 - 8:21 pm

    Thank you Tim! You have saved a lot of special places.

  239. #239 by Hayley Greenberg, Esq. on December 29, 2008 - 10:09 am

    Great job. It’s people like you who make the world a better place today for our children tomorrow.

  240. #240 by Julianne Fitzgerald on December 29, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Please go to and register to blog (very easy to do!!) We’re spreading the news like wildfire and need your help!

  241. #241 by chris on December 29, 2008 - 10:57 am

    nice going man. you have model balls that most of us could use.

  242. #242 by grabens on December 29, 2008 - 12:57 pm


    The BLM deserved nothing less than what you gave them. Your action was simple, funny, and effective. As a lover of the places that will be affected by these sales (WHITE CANYON?!!!) I salute your courage.


  243. #243 by Allie on December 29, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    “I’ve seen the need for more serious action by the environmental movement and to protect a livable future for all of us. I’ve seen that need for a long time. And frankly, I’ve been hoping that someone would step up and someone would come out and be the leader and someone would put themselves on the line and make the sacrifices necessary to get us on a path to a more livable future. And I guess I just couldn’t wait any longer for that someone to come out there and had to accept the fact that that someone might be me. ”
    right on. you definitely aren’t alone!!!

  244. #244 by angry bee on December 29, 2008 - 8:03 pm

    Thank you Tim! You are an INSPIRATION to all! Give me such balls…

  245. #245 by Koogie on December 30, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Thank you Tim! Truly fantastic indeed. Lots of love, Koogsx

  246. #246 by Leland on December 31, 2008 - 1:35 pm

    Thanks Tim. You’re the man!

  247. #247 by Julianne Fitzgerald on January 1, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Friday, January 16th, Tim will be speaking along with former Mayor Rocky Anderson, about Civil Disobedience. Go to and then click on Events for details. Join us for this timely conversation!

  248. #248 by Max Lundberg on January 2, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Tim, what a clever idea to disrupt a public auction with fraudulent intentions. I want you to know that you can count on me for $20,000 to help you in your endeavor. I hope this helps.

    Oh, by the way, I should tell you that I don’t have the money and that I have no intention of making good on this pledge.

  249. #249 by Julianne Fitzgerald on January 4, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Dear Max – this was not a “public aucti0n”. This auction was thrown together at the last possible minute, sort of like the Bush administration tossing hand grenade’s on our environment on their way out of office.

    The lands involved in this fraudulent lease-sale are among the most fragile in our nation. For this regime’ to trade our future water resource to facilitate a dying industry (oil usage – global peak oil has come & gone), makes no sense at all. If all Tim did was buy time and raises awareness about Sustainability, then it was well worth it. And thanks for offering $20k, it would be great, but honestly, I’d prefer seeing 400 people give $50. It is time for Everyman/Everywoman to take part in our Democracy, which has been taken to the very limit of its existence at this critical time in our collective history.

    Thanks Tim – for being willing to risk it all.

  250. #250 by Julianne Fitzgerald on January 4, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    P.S. You can join the 400+ people who’ve already given and watch the donations grow (current total over $18,000) at Tell your friends!

  251. #251 by Chris Hawthorn on January 4, 2009 - 6:32 pm

    Thank you Tim, for this bold and brave disruptive act of conscience. You can’t put a price on WILD UTAH! I hope the environmental community will continue to support you in with the legal obstacles you now face.

    In Solidarity,
    Chris Hawthorn
    Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

  252. #252 by Anita & Craig Gordon on January 5, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    We thank you for being there. We would also like to thank your mother for raising a son with your courage and commitment to our earth. I know she is VERY PROUD of you as we all are. You rock!!!!

  253. #253 by Luis Garza on January 5, 2009 - 6:09 pm

    Thank you for doing an incredibly courageous act to preserve OUR land from the greedy paws of oil companies and the shrub. I am inspired by your act of heroism.

  254. #254 by Michael Raysses on January 6, 2009 - 12:27 am

    Lest anyone mistake his acts as civil disobedience, let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? Mr. DeChristopher’s acts were nothing short of the kind of heroism and leadership exhibited by all great people: he acted in the interests of the society to which he is a member in the highest of standing, and he did so peaceably, honorably, and most remarkably with no idea of what the outcome would be for him personally, let alone for the common weal.

    Tim, beyond the small contribution I can make toward the cost of your valor, please consider me your own personal editor, at your disposal whenever you need. As a freelance writer, I am proud to offer my pen as your sword.

    All the best and then some,

    Michael Raysses

  255. #255 by Julianne Fitzgerald on January 6, 2009 - 8:16 am

    Dear Mr. Raysses; What you express above is entirely True. One comment that Tim made in the days following the auction was that ‘when you stand for truth, you never stand alone’. People are recognizing the simplistic brilliance of Tim’s choice. The fact that it was extremely peaceful and yet so effective, is not being lost on any of us. We all are resonating and also realizing that if the radical changes necessary are going to be made, it’s going to take actions like this one. Fighting begets fighting. Tim accomplished so much more by simply raising a paddle & nodding at the right time.

    We welcome your writing talents on, where you can blog, write articles and generally support Tim. Your offer of support is genuinely appreciated. This is a movement – and we’re all walking on this path!

  256. #256 by Vera Nadine on January 6, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Very brave action!

    I have donated and will pass the info along to friends.

    Take the power back!

    Let’s return human beings and nature to the forefront, over faceless corporations and corrupt power brokers.

  257. #257 by Steve Cummins on January 6, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Long time, no see Tim… Proud to say I worked with such a modern-day hero!

  258. #258 by Catherine Jones on January 6, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Dear Tim,

    Thank you so much for forming some kind of resistance against this abuse of our environment and resources. Federal action against you is unwarranted and extremely wasteful of federal resources (and your time, energy, etc.). I am becoming a science teacher, and will hopefully educate and influence young people to be scientifically literate and make responsible decisions for the future.

    Good luck,
    Catherine Jones

  259. #259 by Anonymous on January 8, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Thank you, Tim.

    I only hope that the countless people that you benefited in your selfless act of courage can have your back as well.


  260. #260 by Sandra McIntyre on January 10, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    Tim, thank you for your courageous stand against the exploitation of the great public lands of the West. Your actions have clearly helped educate many people about the seriousness of our current ecological deficit and the need to change to a new respect for our natural heritage.

  261. #261 by Holly on January 12, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Thank you so much for your bravery. You have done something that can really make a difference for me, my family, and my planet. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am in awe of you for taking this on.

  262. #262 by Gabriel Caplett on January 12, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    I was very impressed with your act of peaceful civil disobedience.

    I live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Lake Superior) and am fighting a company that is very near to your university – Kennecott Minerals. They are trying to open a metallic sulfide mine on public land that is within ceded tribal territory. They’ve submitted a fraudulent mine application that was approved by our state government.

    Our representative, in the Governor’s office, recently resigned to work as a lobbyist for the company.

    All very corrupt and disheartening, and in such a beautiful, wild area with clean water.
    Anyway, we started our Protect the Earth summits last year. In the 1980s the Indian tribes and citizens in Wisconsin had them because of the treaty issues surrounding the harvesting of walleye. They evolved to encompass the anti-sulfide mining struggle there (also Kennecott).

    We have learned a lot from our neighbors in Wisconsin.

    I would like to invite you, as a speaker, to our Protect the Earth summit, later this year. You would be very inspirational to residents here as we continue fighting this mining operation and preventing it from happening.

    I hope you receive this blog post.
    Take care,
    Gabriel C.

  263. #263 by Peter on January 12, 2009 - 2:06 pm


    Thank you for your inspiring example! Let there be no mistake–you are a hero to the environmentalist cause.


  264. #264 by sara dykman on January 13, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    At a time when many people feel helpless against a government giving away our land, it is refreshing and inspiring to realize that something can be done. Abbey would be proud, as am I.

  265. #265 by Anonymous on January 14, 2009 - 6:19 am

    Tim, Thanks for your brilliant stand, and inspiring us that our actions can count again.

  266. #266 by Utahn on January 16, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Have fun in prison!

  267. #267 by Linda on January 17, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    At this time in our history, you have demonstrated strength, power, and purpose. You have made us all proud to be Americans. God bless and know that in spirit you do not stand alone.

  268. #268 by Lana on January 17, 2009 - 7:32 pm

    I just saw your story on the CBS news. You have renewed my faith that we really can make a change. I admire your passion and bravery. With people like you in the world it is a better place. I hope your story continues to inspire people to stand up for what they believe in and to save the earth along with its beauty.

  269. #269 by raja on January 17, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Great going! I salute you, Tim. Thank you 22,000 times.

  270. #270 by Janelle Vigil on January 17, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    I too want to help. I don’t have much money, but my moral support and prayers are with you.

  271. #271 by Bree --Portland, OR on January 20, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    You are my Hero! My heart goes out to you for putting so much on the line in the name of conservation. I’m sending the link to this site to everyone I know. Good Luck!

  272. #272 by Dave on February 4, 2009 - 10:50 pm

    Enjoy prison. Try the chicken. I hear its pretty good.

  273. #273 by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Linda Collins on February 5, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Thank you Tim from all of us who love Utah’s magnificent beautiful wilderness! Your actions were brave and bold and brought cheers from environmentalists across the country. Certainly all charges will be dropped against you because Bush’s last minute policies to destroy our environment on so many fronts during his last days in office, will most certainly be overturned. You are a hero! THANK YOU!!!!

  274. #274 by Nate Dwyer on February 5, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    Ur the best, Tim!

  275. #275 by maile on February 5, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Victory! Thank you Tim, from mother earth and everyone who loves her.

  276. #276 by Jobs For Moab on February 7, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    I think everybody needs to throw a shoe at Tim De Christpher. Thanks

  277. #277 by Andrea on February 10, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    What you did was so noble and timely and courageous. I really thank you for the bottom of my heart. I hope to see more action like yours in the years to come.

  278. #278 by Larry Hazlett on February 10, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    I’ve been around the block a few times watching and participating in progressive causes over the years. What did you did was creative and effective than the traditional protest method. You should be on 60 minutes.

  279. #279 by Lyn on March 6, 2009 - 5:32 pm

    This country needs more people with your ability to do the things that really count. Thank you for putting yourself on the line for the good of all of us. I am truly impressed.

  280. #280 by Kelsey on April 3, 2009 - 7:35 am

    Thank you so much for the risks you took. You make me want to become more involved…like you said on “Democracy NOW” riding my bike is just not enough anymore. You can feel confidant you have inspired many other people to get involved.

  281. #281 by Geoff on April 3, 2009 - 8:16 am

    A stirring act of courage.

  282. #282 by shawn jean on April 3, 2009 - 8:23 am

    you are a true hero and I as well as the planet earth I am sure thank you. truth to over whelming power

  283. #283 by afbrino on April 3, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Thank you so much. I would hope that I would have done exactly what you did. Your activism should be emulated.

  284. #284 by Anonymous on April 3, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    We’ve got your back, and your front, and we’re at your sides.

  285. #285 by CanadianAshley on April 3, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Just heard about your story for the first time on Democracy Now. Inspiring and enraging at the same time. I am telling everyone I know up here in Victoria, Canada – hoping to get more donations for legal fees. Everyone I have told so far is appalled.

    Keep hopeful, and stay strong. If you are sent to jail, there will be an outcry and it will (must!) be reversed. You rock! 🙂

  286. #286 by Oscar on April 4, 2009 - 8:48 am

    Thank you from Texas

    your brave action shows that we the people can still stand up for the right thing.

    thank you

  287. #287 by Michelle on April 4, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Thank you from California- You are a true hero!

    It is the unjust paradox of our times that courageous individuals can be charged with a crime for standing up and speaking out against criminals. Thank you for standing up for reason, for defending our precious land. Your actions give us all a bit more courage to do the right thing.

  288. #288 by David G on April 4, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    Tim, and all high-minded, passionate environmentalists: check out treating land values as a commonwealth revenue: Why should gifts of nature, including urban land, be treated as a source of private income? Socializing land rent via the property tax (or another mechanism) will END land speculation.

  289. #289 by Fr Tom Hereford on April 4, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Thank you Tim for your courage and conviction! I will pray for you and will write and/or call my reps and the DOJ. Is there a site that tells us who to contact to tell ’em to drop the charges?

  290. #290 by Baruch on April 5, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Tim, I applaud your actions and the courage of your convictions. I discussed your situation on my radio show, “Stories from the Road” it airs tonight at 8 PM EDT on

    I hope to drum up some support for you.

  291. #291 by Beverly Gaye Scofield on April 5, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Would that we had a million Tim deChristophers! If I were in good health, I could join you in living up to my “sentiments.” If I were not living below the poverty line, I could help financially. I can make sure all my friends know what you did and . . . write letters to Washington. (smile)

  292. #292 by Lee Balek on April 5, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Dear Tim,
    Your courageous action is a concrete example of the importance of living a principled life – I cannot believe what the U.S. Attorney’s office has done. If Obama is true to his principles and his statements on personal responsibility to our nation, then he must intervene. Please post what pressure we can place on the Administration to commend your actions rather than punish your honorable actions.

    I campaigned for Obama based mostly on his commitment to defend and protect our planet. I expect nothing less.

    I promise to follow your case, and do what I can to help. Thank you for your courage and for being a beacon of light.

  293. #293 by William on April 5, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    Don’t just thank Tim, who is amazing for what he did, donate to his attorney.

    But more than that, demand that Obama pardons him! He was unjustly charged for interrupting an auction that was ILLEGAL. Next time Obama has an online town hall meeting, vote up a question regarding Tim to the top! Link the videos on youtube, tell your friends.

    Obama has NOT BEEN LISTENING TO HIS VOTERS. You need to TELL HIM that if he does not, he will LOSE OUR SUPPORT. WE ELECTED HIM, and he said he would listen to us, you have to MAKE HIM listen.

  294. #294 by LEVI on April 6, 2009 - 3:31 am

    I like the way those who agree with Tim have come together to support him. Regardless of whether you believe he did right or wrong, it is great to Americans supporting eachother. We should all do more of that. If more of us cared about our noble neighbors, we help some good people out of unfair hardships.

    Take the students at a flight school in Cedar City, Utah. The flight school recently closed and left many young men and women, who invested everything into trying to start a career forthemselves, holding huge bills of debt. Some of those students had just started and recieved little or no training before the school closed it’s doors. The flight school was collecting money from people up to one business day before they closed, and I’m sure they knew what they were doing. If everyone who has responded to this thread donated a few dollars, and spread the word, we could do a lot to help these young people finish thier flight training, so they have a way to pay back thier loans, and thier young lives aren’t forever riddled with financial hardship.

    I think from time to time we should all find a noble cause, and come together to help our neighbors

  295. #295 by Becky on April 6, 2009 - 5:21 am


    Even though your comment is off topic, this is one of those issues that I think the state could do more to prevent. I blogged about a similar incident a year or so ago when Silver State Helicopter training school shut down. This probably deserves a separate post. Thanks for commenting and good luck.

  296. #296 by Michelle Hoffmann on April 6, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    You rock! We need more people like you in this world. Thank you

  297. #297 by LEVI on April 6, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    I did stray off topic, but my overall point was that it’s great to see so much support for Tim. I think he did what a lot of people wanted to do. I for one thought that I followed current events enough to know what was going on around me, but on the day Tim went to that auction, I had no idea that all that wilderness was being auctioned off. I believe the public should have had a say in the auctioning off of public lands.

    • #298 by Becky on April 6, 2009 - 3:03 pm

      That’s ok, Levi, you reminded me I wanted to do a top post on that story too.

  298. #299 by M.N. on April 6, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    Great done, nuke ’em!

    Greetings from Germany,

    Moritz (Morris)

  299. #300 by Dave on April 7, 2009 - 8:49 am

    That was a courageous and incredible act. You are amazing! Good luck.

  300. #301 by David Martin on April 7, 2009 - 2:16 pm


    Great Story. I’m curious to know where you stand on nuclear power.


    David Martin

  301. #302 by Judes on April 8, 2009 - 11:34 am

    just heard about this……better late than never?? Thanks, Tim!!

  302. #303 by Andrew Riegle on April 9, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    Big ups, Tim. Where can I send my check for your legal support?

  303. #304 by Maggie Leslie on April 13, 2009 - 6:14 am

    Thank you Tim! You are truly a hero!

  304. #305 by Elan Colello on April 13, 2009 - 11:17 am

    There is no failure in dying or being improssoned for for a just cause, like Martin Luther King Jr. battling unjust laws as a requirement of his social contract, you took a bullet for the planet as a whole. The Obama administration is only pressing charges to make a point and I believe they are well aware that you will never go to jail as the charges are unsubstantiated.

    One day it will be my turn to stand up when no one else will and when I do, I will remember you as a source of strength, one of the few role models our generation has been graced by. I too was failed by the generations that preceded me, but they were also failed in their own by the generations that preceded them. Let us be the ones to break this cycle, like the Buddha broke his cycle of suffering resulting from his obsession with the “ego”; the “I”.

    It is time for our actions to co-align with our sentiments so that our souls may be harmonized. We have been duped into thinking we are helpless and powerless for to long. Let us unleash the power of intent and right action. Thanks for fighting for the most important battle in the war against over-industrialization and laissez-faire capitalism!

  305. #306 by Hayley Nenadal on May 26, 2009 - 12:43 pm

    Hey Tim,

    I guess this is the best way to contact you. I had the pleasure of seeing you speak at Wild and Scenic back in January. I was especially touched because a lot of what you described as a “personal responsibility” to our future and the environment is exactly what drives me to do the work that I do as well (environmental/human rights documentaries).

    I went out of the country for a project, directly after that festival, and am finally able to come through and follow up on my idea of contributing to your cause.

    I have always been a runner and one of the best ways to appreciate nature for me, is to go for a long run in it. There is a half marathon in Moab in October. Here is a link to more information:

    I wanted to run the race to raise money for your defense, and hopefully rally up a team of people who would do the same. I run races, but have never really found a cause I wanted to direct my efforts towards.

    I’m not sure if the race touches on any of the land that you saved, but I know that it is pretty close. What better race to run for the cause?

    If you or someone else could contact me on the best way to do this for you, and maybe get me some facts/pictures I could put up on my fundraising website I would appreciate it. I know the race isn’t until October, but I am always training and I would like to get a site up this week.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  306. #307 by Tayler on June 1, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Thank you Tim for saving mother earth from people who have no conscience in preserving it’s beauty’s. You may serve several years in jail but those years will be well served with a clear understanding that what you did was a noble cause and sacrifice. Thanks.

  307. #308 by Sam Mountainsmith on June 4, 2009 - 5:07 pm

    I just discovered your story via a very kind person on facebook. You sir have my allegiance and obedience. Very proud to know you and your story! Bravo!

  308. #309 by Jerry Nelson on June 26, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Thanks for what you did.

  309. #310 by a f on October 10, 2009 - 10:54 am

    thank you for defending our parks and lands

  310. #311 by cheryl on October 10, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    Dear Tim, BRILLIANT & COURAGEOUS. Thank you so much for the courage to act on your convictions. I wish I had thought of it — and then had the courage to do it.

  311. #312 by Jen Osha on October 12, 2009 - 6:35 am


    We’re inspired and got your back here in the West Virginia mountains. Thank you for standing up and doing the right thing. My son says even good people go to jail sometimes if they are brave and stand up for the land. We’ve had over 100 people arrested here to stop MTR. Wish we could all get together and celebrate the many blessings we do have. Much respect for your actions, Jen Osha

  312. #313 by Linda Carraway on November 17, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    We need so many more people of conviction like yourself if we are ever going to abolish our corporate government and make it a government for the people again. I am very grateful for your stand, Tim; I just wish that there had been a hundred or so like you on that day in Utah and that those high numbers would have dissuaded the courts from threatening you with $750,000 fines and years in prison.

  313. #314 by Adam Johnson on November 18, 2009 - 3:08 am

    It is a sad day when a man is not allowed to defend himself and his actions in a court of law based on his motives for those actions. If Tim DeChristopher ends up going to federal prison, democracy fails.

  314. #315 by Moira Govan on December 31, 2009 - 9:58 am

    You’re an inspiration Tim – heard about you on DN! – have you hooked up with recently released fellow planet hero Jeffrey Luers who I also heard about on DN! today: – you two working together to lead this planet away from disaster – what a force!!!

  315. #316 by Jim Catlin on February 6, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Please call me. I may have something that can help.

    We have been monitoring the number of cattle that graze in allotments. Field surveys and aerial counts on a number of BLM allotments show that fraud is involved. BLM knows about this widespread problem and even though we have been raising this for years, ignored us and taken no action.

    Thanks Jim Catlin 801 328-3550

  316. #317 by Mark on February 22, 2010 - 10:41 am

    How did that idea come to you? very clever, Got other ideas? Because of you, Amy G, and folks like Zinn and Chomsky, my son and I went down to the election office and filed to run for congress. We are learning lots and really liked your Craigs list thang… how did that work out?

  317. #318 by Cliff Lyon on February 22, 2010 - 11:03 am

    Hi Mark,

    You can follow the project here:

  318. #319 by Sister Monica Donohoe on April 23, 2010 - 5:56 am

    Dear Tim,
    Your actions are an example for many. I pray that the land will be saved for future generations.
    Peace and Blessings!
    Sister Monica

  319. #320 by Eric Loeb on April 27, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    That was a great thing you did! We always have to protect Mother Earth. Right now, here, we are fighting to prevent “Fracking”, hydraulic gas drilling which will desimate the country almost as much as mountain top removal! Our thoughts and wishes are with you.

  320. #321 by Sara Schroeder on February 14, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    We all need to stand up, thanks for being an example!

  321. #322 by Jenn Muir on February 21, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Thanks Tim for being willing to stand up for the environment. You will be in my thoughts as you go on trial next week in Salt Lake City.

  322. #323 by Jan on February 22, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    thank you!

  323. #324 by Joel on February 28, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    Thank you for your fearless and peaceful work. You are truly a living inspiration and a spiritual warrior. Your courage will go down in the history of mankind and will spawn more of it. You will be in my thoughts all through this trial.

    -Joel. Portland, Oregon.

  324. #325 by jeffry buechler on February 28, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Dear Tim,

    Thank you for taking action when so many don’t. Thank you for upsetting the apple cart, and showing the world that those assholes had filled it with rottens. I’m wishing that those who stand in judgement of you recognize the greater good of your choice, and spare you any punishment.

    Good and Luck, jeffry

  325. #326 by cav on March 1, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Tim deserves a medal, not a ten-year stretch and a fine he never can repay.

    The Obama administration simply has no valid justification for persisting in its abusive prosecution of Tim DeChristopher.

    The public process Tim disrupted was not “open” because it illegally relied on improperly prepared environmental impact statements. Second, as already stated, no financial harm flowed to any individual as a result of any of Tim’s conduct. Third, as the government would have had to unwind the auction as a result of its illegality, the only costs to the government resulting from Tim’s conduct are illusory because such costs arise from the government’s unnecessary insistence on prosecuting him.

  326. #327 by Uncle Rico on March 1, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Who said this and then promptly went out and broke the law?

    “We’re mad as hell and aren’t going to take [it] anymore.”

    A. Tim DeChristopher
    B. Edward Abby
    C. Dave Foreman
    D. Chelsea “Country Girl” Gerlach

  327. #328 by Uncle Rico on March 1, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    What, no takers? Geez, it wasn’t that hard. Ok, then what about this: Which of following have been charged and prosecuted for allegedly violating federal laws related to public lands?

    A. Tim DeChristopher
    B. Mike Noel
    C. Mark “Mad as hell” Habbeshaw
    D. Shawna Cox
    E. All of the above.
    F. None of the above.

  328. #329 by Larry Bergan on March 1, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    I’m sick that I couldn’t be at the rally yesterday morning, but I’m too dependent on my miserable little job.

    I’m sure it will be a day to remember for the participants!

  329. #330 by Buzz V. on March 2, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    I don’t understand all the legal issues. I do know Tim. He is a good man, I worked with him in wilderness. I’m sure he was trying to do the right thing. let me know if I can help, I can vouch for his kindness and character.

  330. #331 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Hopefully, tomorrow, we’ll find out that people with good motives instead of greedy ones can live free or get their bus driving jobs back.

    There was a short segment showing many of the kids on the bus shaking hands with the protesters through the windows. Something tells me their parents understand what’s happening here. Too many Utahn’s don’t.

  331. #332 by Uncle Rico on March 3, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Twitter feed is reporting the jury has returned a verdict.

  332. #333 by Uncle Rico on March 3, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Guilty on both counts.

  333. #334 by Richard Warnick on March 3, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    In the interest of justice, a suspended sentence would be the best outcome. Everybody knows that no one has ever been prosecuted before for bidding at a BLM oil & gas auction and not paying. So, unless the judge wants to admit the law applies only to environmental activists…

  334. #335 by Uncle Rico on March 3, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Everybody knows that no one has ever been prosecuted before for bidding at a BLM oil & gas auction and not paying.

    And an illegal auction at that.

    So, unless the judge wants to admit the law applies only to environmental activists…

    It does. See questions at 127 and 128 above.

  335. #336 by Shangri La on March 3, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Goes to intent, he never had any intention of paying, and openly admits it, his only purpose was to disrupt the proceedings, and in the process he drove the price up. I wonder what the oil companies have in mind for suing him civilly.

    In the interests of justice depends on who you ask. The judge decides the sentence.

    I bet he does some jail time, nothing too long, but enough to make it look good.

  336. #337 by james farmer on March 3, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    The jury should have grown a pair and nullified the matter.

  337. #338 by Shangri La on March 3, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    The jury followed the law, and he was convicted. Mitigation considered upon sentencing.

    Another prediction that I made that has come to pass.

  338. #339 by Uncle Rico on March 3, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    The issue is prosecutorial discretion. The prosecutor could have exercised that discretion to not charge DeChristopher in light of the circumstances, particularly those which occured afterwards. Happens every single day. But the laws don’t apply uniformly. If you’re a banking executive, a polluting oil company, or a redneck County Commissioner who intends to violate federal law and admits to it, then you have no worries. If you’re an ordinary Tim who is sick and fucking tired of the plutocracy and its enablers mooching from the public fisc, then expect to feel the full and substantial wrath of the law and order crowd.

    Abuse of discretion.

  339. #340 by james farmer on March 3, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Not only an abuse of discretion, but a politically motivated abuse of discretion!

  340. #341 by Shangri La on March 3, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    Did anyone really expect otherwise? It’s the oil biz, lobbied for and under Federal authority, in the right wing place of Utah. Of course he was going to get convicted. He had to know going in, and so he will do his jail time for the team.

    Edward Abbey might be proud of him, but it would have been much more dramatic if Tim had monkey wrenched something instead.

  341. #342 by Richard Warnick on March 4, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    …in the process he drove the price up.

    You mean, he forced the corporatists to bid fair market value at what was supposed to be the ultimate Bush administration giveaway of public resources?

  342. #343 by Evidence on March 4, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    When has it ever not been a giveaway? Who in the hell did Tim think he was fucking with, the Tooth Fairy? He’ll gp to prison, WTF? Who do you think owns this plantation by now?

    You want real change, bring more than a piece of paper and a passionate speech. Nuts.

  343. #344 by Larry Bergan on March 4, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    glenn/Shangri La/Evidence/whoever:

    What’s your name on Facebook, dude?

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