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.
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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

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 >>

 

Fall Celebration Featuring House of Floyd

October 20, 2014

HOUSE OF FLOYD LOGO SEP 2013 V2Click 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. 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 >>

 

Overview of the Klamath-Trinity Flow Augmentation Release Decision

October 8, 2014

Trinity Photo by Casey RobertsWhat comes out of the decision is that the Trinity River Record of Decision, which sets limits on flows to restore fish and wildlife, is geographically limited to the mainstem Trinity River, and therefore does not limit Klamath River flows. However, the law that the Federal Government relied on to make the releases (the “1955 Act”) is also geographically specific to the mainstem Trinity River and thus does not provide authority for these releases. read more >>

 

Strip Mining Proposal for Wild and Scenic Smith River Denied

September 30, 2014

Smith River_A. SheltonOregon Department of Water Resources has denied the Red Flat Nickel Corporation’s application for the use of 10 gallons per minute from a tributary to the Wild and Scenic Smith River – one of the last undammed free-flowing rivers in the country. The Environmental Protection Information Center, along with a coalition of groups from Oregon and California called Kalmiopsis spearheaded a campaign to oppose the destructive proposal, and over 3,000 comments were submitted during the 60 day public comment period. read more >>

 

Take Action to Protect Wildlife from Killing Contests

September 25, 2014

Coyote Killing Contest Take Action: Believe it or not, the practice of hunting nongame fur-bearing mammals in contests is still alive and well in California. What’s more, cash prizes, known as inducements, are still being offered to participants who senselessly shoot and kill mammals such as coyotes, bears, bobcats and foxes. read more >>

 

A Bunch of Bull: Grazing on Our Public Lands

September 23, 2014

Wilderness areas are those left “untrammeled by man;” but what about cows? This past summer, whenever wildfires permitted, EPIC was in the field to monitor the impacts of destructive cattle on our public lands. In its fifth year of existence, EPIC’s Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California is dedicated to reforming grazing in wilderness areas through documenting its harmful effects and advocating for better industry management. read more >>

 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

September 11, 2014

WildScenicFilmFest1Click here to buy tickets! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.read more >>

 

Trespass Grows and Wildlife on Public Lands

September 11, 2014

We have seen it all before—boom and bust resource production and extraction in Northern California has been the norm since the beginning of European settlement. From the timber boom to the gold rush, we have now entered the era of the so-called ‘green-rush,’ the high-time of marijuana production. Marijuana growing in Northern California has traditionally been a cottage industry-scale economy. However, with the recent surge in industrial-scale production has also come an increased awareness of the potentially significant environmental harms to forests, fish, and wildlife. read more >>

 
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