Ian Wallace–a man who has been cooperating with the federal government in “Green Scare” cases in the Midwest–has plead guilty to an attempted arson at Michigan Tech University in Houghton. The attempted arson happened in November 2001 and focused on the University receiving grants for researching the genetic manipulation of trees for the forest products industry. Two incendiary devices were found near the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building and the U.S. Forest Service Engineering Laboratory.
Wallace received a lesser charge in exchange for his guilty plea and assistance in solving additional cases, including the sabotaging of genetically engineered trees in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The Rhinelander incident was claimed by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). The ELF is a radical group that advocates economic sabotage as a means to stop the destruction of the Earth.