Connecting Wild Places

Our natural and political landscapes are rapidly changing. Climate change is affecting ecosystems across the planet, and people, plants and wildlife are beginning to feel the pressures that come from a changing environment. Prolonged droughts, severe storms, growing deserts, deforestation, habitat loss and the resulting increase in stresses on wildlife are projected to become the norm in the future.
Coho Slide

Protecting Endangered Species of the North Coast

EPIC’s advocacy efforts for restoring wild fish populations includes many years of work defending forests and headwaters that provide clean water and valuable habitat for wild fish. Now, EPIC is undertaking a new initiative to reform fish hatcheries that have operated for too long without proper oversight.
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Reining in Caltrans

EPIC's "Rein in Caltrans" campaign is designed to force Caltrans to abandon some of their most egregious construction projects, and to reform the flawed decision making that allows wasteful and destructive projects to move forward.
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Returning to a Natural Cycle of Wildfire

As a society, we must understand that fire is an essential element in maintaining healthy ecosystems. EPIC is working to form a holistic approach to wildfire management that addresses the needs of the land and the people that call it home.

Fall Celebration Featuring House of Floyd

Click here to buy tickets! You're invited! Join the EPIC family to celebrate 37 years of Forest Protection at the Annual Fall Celebration. Dinner, auction and dance for the Wild featuring a four course, family style meal – a true farm to table event – followed by music from San Francisco’s immersive Pink Floyd tribute band, House of Floyd. Friday, November 7, Mateel Community Center in Redway, California.

What is Pollution Pot

Unsustainable, environmentally destructive, industrial-sized cannabis agriculture that puts the environment, the economy, and future generations at risk. These practices must come to an end, and responsible operations that promote the restoration of our watersheds must become the norm.

Updates + News

Klamath Chainsaw Masacre

October 29, 2014

IMG_1337The Klamath National Forest has been going batty eliminating wildlife habitat and damaging sensitive post fire soils on one of the most important rivers for salmon fisheries on the north coast. While EPIC was able to get some of the best wildlife habitat protected, acres of post-fire logging continues on the North Fork Salmon River. Wet weather has not stopped the large heavy equipment from operating on these steep slopes, and mitigation measures for protecting wildlife and watershed values have not been completed or implemented, resulting in horrific impacts to water quality and sensitive habitat areas. read more >>


Welcome Additions to the EPIC Team

October 28, 2014

Lucy Allen Two new north coast forest protectors! Tom Wheeler and Lucy Allen recently joined the EPIC team to advocate for the science-based protection of northwest California’s forests. Using their expertise in environmental law, Tom and Lucy will help ensure that EPIC continues to fulfill its role as environmental watchdogs in defense of nature. EPIC is focused on connecting working and wildland forests into whole healthy landscapes for flourishing nature and wildlife, in order to safeguard our valuable living resources in a changing climate for current and future generations. read more >>


Mendocino Activists Ellen and David Drell to receive EPIC’s 2014 Sempervirens Award

October 28, 2014

ellen drell Ellen and David Drell, founding directors of the Willits Environmental Center, will receive the 2014 Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement of Environmental Activism Award at EPIC’s 37th Annual Fall Celebration Friday evening, November 7th. Perhaps best known for their efforts opposing Caltrans' Willits Bypass, the Drells are lifelong forest protectors and wilderness advocates whom successfully campaigned to add more than 140,000 acres of forest into the Federal Wilderness more >>


Happy Howl-O-Ween from the EPIC Team

October 28, 2014

WolfMoonHowlIt’s the time of year for tricks and treats, for things that go bump-in-the-night, and for howling at the moon with the mysterious and wild. It’s the time of year not only for ghosts and goblins, but for wolves, fishers, and martens too; a time to contemplate and celebrate our vision of wild California. read more >>


EPIC Arts Alive and Membership Mixer

October 28, 2014

EPIC Membership SlideCelebrate Arts Alive with EPIC! Meet Board and Staff and hear about our exciting new programs for 2015. Our neighbors at the Arcata Pet Supply will also be hosting this event, and our combined efforts will offer a heated and covered outdoor live music venue and art, wine and snacks inside. read more >>


Joanne Rand Band CD Release & EPIC Benefit Bash

October 28, 2014

Joanne Rand The Environmental Protection Information Center is proud to present the Joanne Rand Band at the Arcata Playhouse on Thursday, November 13th! Come experience one of our region’s finest independent artists of psychedelic-folk revival and support EPIC's work to protect the forest ecosystems of the North Coast. read more >>


House of Floyd, Gourmet Feast and Extravagant Silent Auction

October 24, 2014

House-of-FloydJoin us for EPIC's 37th Anniversary Fall Celebration on Friday, November 7th at the Mateel Community Center! Share a gourmet four course family style meal with the forest protection community and enjoy a cosmic music and light show by House of Floyd. This event is a fund raiser for EPIC's ongoing work to protect wild places and the forests that characterize the one of a kind redwood region that we all know and love. read more >>


Spotted Owl Self-Defense—EPIC Files Petition to Challenge CAL FIRE’s Use of So-Called “G-plus” Methodology

October 22, 2014

Owl Self-Defense wings shadowEPIC has filed a petition with the California Office of Administrative Law alleging that the California Department of Forestry is illegally employing a so-called “underground regulation” via its use of an unpromulgated review and approval standard for Timber Harvest Plans that have the potential to adversely impact Northern Spotted Owls. read more >>


Vote No on Proposition 1

October 21, 2014

East Fork Salmon River A.Shelton Prop 1 will not solve the water problems that the State of California is facing with the pressures of ongoing drought conditions. The proposed water bond would be bad for North Coast Rivers and fish as it proposes to build more ecologically destructive water storage systems, would subsidize more water exports and fails to bring real water efficiency solutions to California. EPIC recommends voting NO on Prop 1. read more >>


Take Action to Urge Protections for Fishers

October 9, 2014

SONY DSCTake Action: Recently, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the West Coast fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. EPIC was one of 16 other environmental groups who in 2000 petitioned for the fisher to be listed across the West Coast. Finally, 14 years and numerous lawsuits later, it appears that the fishers may finally get the protection they deserve. But the fisher still needs your help. read more >>

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