Incident Summary:

08/11/2002: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting fire to the U.S. Forest Service Northeast Research Station in Irvine, Pennsylvania in the United States. The incident caused $700,000 in damage to the research office. There were no casualties in the incident. ELF sent out an email to the Warren Times Observer stating that the motive for the incident was to protest timber sales, oil drilling and "greed driven manipulation of nature" in the Allegheny National Forest. Two days after the incident, the group also stated that they would destroy the facility if it was rebuilt.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
at the U.S. Forest Service Northeast Research Station in Irvine, PA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity U.S. Forest Service Northeast Research Station
Specific Description U.S. Forest Service Northeast Research Station in Irvine, PA
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 $700,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
Dan Hopey, "Radical Group says it set fire at Forest Service Research Facility," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 4, 2002.
Audrey Hudson, "ELF admits to arson at Forest Service lab; Extremists lay out violent agenda," Washington Times, September 10, 2002.
"Ecoterrorists Torch Forest Service Research Site," Environment News Service, September 4, 2002.