Incident Summary:

01/1/2000: Four members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) torched commercial logging equipment, including a flat-bed trailer and a large logging tractor, on the side of Michigan Highway 115, near Mesick, Michigan in the Unites States, causing over $18,000 in damage. There were no casualties in the incident, which was committed to sabotage lumbering activity. The four perpetrators, Marie Jeanette Mason, Frank Brian Ambrose, Aren Bernard Burthwick, and Stephanie Lynne Fultz, were also indicted for the New Year's Eve Michigan State University arson in 1999 (199912310003).



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Mesick

Location Details:
at Michigan 115 Highway near Mesick, MI

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity commercial logging equipment
Specific Description commercial logging equipment on the side of M-115 Highway near Mesick, MI
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $18,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
gasoline, charcoal and matches used to set the fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The four perpetrators were also indicted for the New Year's Eve 1999 arson at Michigan State University (199912310003). For the two incidents, Marie Mason was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months, and Frank Ambrose was sentenced to nine years due to his cooperation with the government; Burthwick and Fultz were indicted and still awaiting trial as of 2009.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"AG Hall Arsonist Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison," States News Service, February 5, 2009.
Art Bukowski, "Activists planned MSU arson plot in Empire: ELF also accused of arson in Mesick," Traverse City Record-Eagle, March 14, 2008.
Justice Department Documents and Publications, "Four Charged in Earth Liberation Front Arsons in Michigan," Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc., March 11, 2008.