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.
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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

Massive Timber Sale Proposed for Klamath National Forest

January 27, 2015

Fire - Photo by Nat PenningtonA massive 43,883 acre post-fire logging project is being proposed by the Klamath National Forest. Almost half is within Late Successional Reserves, which are areas that are supposed to be set aside to protect and enhance old growth forest ecosystems. The Forest Service is planning to streamline this unprecedented timber sale, which would shorten public comment opportunities, and speed up the environmental review process. read more >>

 

Caltrans Setting Sights on Redwood National Park

January 15, 2015

Last Chance GradeCaltrans is in the beginning stages of planning for the Last Chance Grade Project along Highway 101 (10-miles south of Crescent City), where the highway is slipping into the Pacific Ocean. This project would have significant environmental impacts, as the highway would likely be rerouted to the east through Redwood State and National Parks. EPIC is committed to finding the least environmentally destructive alternative for this project and will work tireless to hold Caltrans to the law. We need your help. Please attend the meeting most convenient to you. read more >>

 

Save Richardson Grove: Think Globally, Act Locally

January 15, 2015

Madrone Hugging Ancient Redwood thumbnailIf everyone cared for their own wild back yard, the world would be a better place. Northwest California is known for having some of the wildest lands, including the Lost Coast and the tallest trees on the planet, which have been preserved behind the redwood curtain since time immemorial. With less than three percent of the planet’s old growth redwood trees remaining, it is imperative that every ancient tree is protected, especially if they are entrusted into a park system, which has vowed to protect them in perpetuity. read more >>

 

Spotted Owl Told to Wait (Again)

January 14, 2015

Owl-Self-Defense-wings-shadow-296x300Despite over 20 years of enhanced protections afforded by the listing of the owl under the federal Endangered Species Act, the best available science continues to show alarming and precipitous declines in Northern Spotted Owl vital statistics across the species’ range. EPIC’s Northern Spotted Owl Self-defense Campaign has sought to achieve enhanced protections for the owl in California and beyond. Given the myriad and immediacy of threats to the species, EPIC believes that urgent actions are needed to prevent the extinction of the Owl. read more >>

 

Thank You Jared Huffman!

January 14, 2015

HuffmanSmEPIC would like to thank Representative Jared Huffman for his outstanding work on environmental issues affecting Northern California. Huffman has a long history of championing environmental causes. Prior to serving California’s Second Congressional District, he worked as an environmental attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. read more >>

 

Crab N' Drag at the Bayside Grange January 31

January 9, 2015

CND Poster 2015 FINAL3Roll out the red carpet, get under the stars, and party for redwoods and rainbows! Aqueerius Productions is proud to present the classy, fun and colorful, Crab N’ Drag, a celebrity drag themed crab dinner and dance party, to benefit EPIC and Humboldt Pride. Come out and dance the night away in your glitz and glamour to shine like the star that you are, and enjoy a delicious dinner with fabulous entertainment and a full bar. Buy Tickets Now! read more >>

 

2014 EPIC Year in Review

December 19, 2014

grandfather treehuggerthumbnailWhen it comes to getting things done, EPIC churns out one campaign after another in the pursuit of making our world a better place. Over the past year, we have taken on almost every project you can imagine, from getting protections for the Grey Wolf, to banning rodenticides, to protecting wild places, to thwarting Caltran’s attempts to harm ancient redwoods, our team is proficient in bringing about changes to better the environment and quality of life. read more >>

 

Dear Santa: Save our Beautiful Wild Rivers from Strip Mining

December 12, 2014

Santa and river image for alertTake Action: This Christmas, please join us in asking Santa for something extra special: a mineral withdrawal in southwest Oregon that benefits California too! Urge Oregon and California representatives to introduce legislation to protect the wild and wonderful Illinoi and Smith Rivers from mining. Immediate introduction of legislation to withdraw the area from mining is needed to protect these priceless federal public lands by closing them to mining unless there’s a valid existing right. read more >>

 

EPIC Unveils New Strategic Plan

December 11, 2014

rodo-redwoods_big-copy-300x211 We are creating a stronger, more solid, focused organization, in order to achieve the greatest impact in forest protection. Building off our past accomplishments and holding true to our principals, we concluded that the most effective thing we can do is focus our energy and resources on achieving three specific goals: (1) Connecting working and wild forests; (2) Ensuring best management of public forestland; and (3) Ensuring best management of private industrial forests. read more >>

 

Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in California’s Richardson Grove State Park

December 9, 2014

RichardsonGrove After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans has been prohibited from any project construction activities by both a 2012 federal court injunction and a recent state court order. read more >>

 
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