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.

Industrial Forestry: Reforming Corporate Logging

Industrial timber giants are threatening our forests by using highly intensive forest management practices compromise the productivity and sustainability of our forestlands.  EPIC advocates for responsible forestry by tracking private logging operations to ensure that environmental standards are implemented.

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

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Healthy Forests

November 24, 2015

Giving Tuesday TreeThis Thanksgiving holiday, after you’ve gorged yourself on turkey or tofurkey, after you’ve been trampled for door buster savings on Black Friday (or righteously protested mass consumerism by strolling through a park instead), and after Cyber Monday is just a fleeting electron, give big for Giving Tuesday! There is a long tradition in Humboldt County of supporting locally owned businesses and artisans. We know to buy local and to support local businesses because we care about the vitalizing effects of investing locally. read more >>


Exposed: Post-fire Logging Harms Endangered Owl

November 24, 2015

ScottHarding-KlamathNF-SHP_9598Private landowners, in particular Fruit Growers Supply Company, recently cut thousands of acres of northern spotted owl habitat, likely killing or harming the protected owl in violation of both federal and state law. And they got away with it. Here’s the story of how a timber company likely violated the law and how no one caught it. Spotted owls utilize post-fire landscapes, including those that burn at high-severity—that is the conclusion of numerous recent scientific papers. read more >>


Agency Delays May Cook Owl’s Chance at Protection

November 24, 2015

spottedowlhelperThumbnailIt is thanksgiving time here in Northwest California, a traditional time for giving, for caring, and for sharing. For the wild creatures that call our forests home, such as the northern spotted owl, it is a time for preparing to endure the long, wet winter. However, as we know, things are much different in the halls of Sacramento government and politics, where the rule of the day seems to be “if you aren’t at the table, you are on the menu.” read more >>


Environmental Groups File Suit to Challenge Implementing Regulations for In-Perpetuity Logging Plans

November 15, 2015

Holm_Fay_date2008-02-25_time17.36.52_IMG_9998 copyFor Immediate Release: Two North Coast environmental groups filed suit in state court on Friday challenging the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adoption of regulations that fail to meet standards of environmental protection or to ensure long-term sustained yield of forest products for in-perpetuity logging plans as required by state law. read more >>


The Case for Restoration in the Redwoods

November 12, 2015

Forest Thinning in Headwaters. Photo Credit BLM.2California’s coastal redwood forests are the stuff that myth and legend are made of, like a species of dinosaur that has somehow managed to persist into the modern age. At one time, redwood forests grew across the northern hemisphere, with the oldest-known fossil evidence dating back some 200 million years to the Jurassic Period. Once, the ancient coastal redwood forests spanned some two million acres of California’s scenic and rugged coastline from Big Sur all the way to the Oregon border. read more >>


Thank You for a Fabulous EPIC Fall Celebration

November 11, 2015

EPIC's Fall Celebration 2015The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all of the attendees, businesses, sponsors and artists who helped make this year's Fall Celebration a fun and successful event. Each year we look forward to this event that resembles a family reunion for those of us who are the heart and soul of the environmental movement of the Pacific Northwest. The legacy that the EPIC family has made lives on through generations of grass roots activists and continues with the vibrant new energy of those who seek our efforts out to help keep our little corner of California the special place that we all know and love. read more >>


An Ordinance for Humboldt County's Medical Cannabis Cultivators

November 2, 2015

frog on marijuanaTwo comment letters submitted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center, Humboldt Baykeeper, Northcoast Environmental Center and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, county staff, and the Planning Commission regarding the County’s cultivation ordinance. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the development of the county’s commercial cannabis and use ordinance and believe the open inclusion of multiple voices will ultimately result in an ordinance that will result in higher industry participation and ultimately yield greater conservation success. read more >>


Honoring Betty & Gary Ball--the 2015 Sempervirens Award Recipients

November 1, 2015

Rally1Betty Ball and her late husband, Gary Ball, will receive the 2015 Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award at EPIC’s 38th Annual Fall Celebration on Friday, November 6th. Betty and Gary are the founders of the Mendocino Environmental Center, which became the hub for environmental and political activism in Mendocino and Humboldt County for more then a decade between 1987 and 1997. The issues in those years included abuse of forests on private lands, the Forests Forever ballot initiative, Redwood Summer and the campaign to protect the Headwaters Forest. read more >>


EPIC Fall Celebration Featuring Monophonics

October 29, 2015

Monophonics2EPIC proudly presents the Bay Area’s finest psychedelic soul funk band “Monophonics” at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, November 6th. The evening features a gourmet family style meal catered by local favorite, Outlaw Kitchen. Doors open at 6:00 PM for cocktail hour. Dine with friends while local songwriter Josephine Johnson plays her sultry folk tunes with Piet Dalmolen. During dessert, the Sempervirens Award will be presented to Betty Ball, for her lifetime achievement in environmental advocacy. read more >>


Push for More Logging Under the Northwest Forest Plan

October 27, 2015

Bugaboo_Creek_Clearcut. wikimediacommonsOur federal forests, including those governed by the Northwest Forest Plan, are directed to be managed for “multiple uses,” such as recreation, wildlife habitat, and timber production. In the late 1980s, before the Northwest Forest Plan, loggers were pulling 4.5 billion board feet of timber out of federal forests within the range of the forthcoming Plan. This amount was unsustainable, however, and was achieved largely through the liquidation logging of old-growth forests. read more >>

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