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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.
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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.
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Become a Member of the EPIC Community 

EPIC is built on the efforts and energies of community members and activists. Your membership allows EPIC to remain vigilant in protecting the Redwood Region of Northwest California.

Updates + News

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

August 13, 2014

WildScenicFilmFest1The 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 >>

 

Take Action to Avoid Another Catastrophic Klamath River Fish Kill

August 5, 2014

DSCF3762Click here to take action now: Klamath salmon need your help! Last week, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that it would not release the preventative flows needed to avert a fish kill in the Klamath River. We need to convince decision-makers to release preventative flows into the Klamath and Trinity reservoirs to save the fall salmon run from river conditions that are even more severe than those that caused the country’s largest fish kill in 2002, when 60,000 salmon perished in the Klamath River. read more >>

 

EPIC Advocates for Northern Spotted Owl Using Best Available Science

August 5, 2014

NSOEPIC relies upon an integrated science-based approach to environmental advocacy. Consistent with our mission statement, we apply the best available science at the legislative, regulatory, and policy levels of government and industry. In our ongoing efforts to protect, enhance, restore, and conserve the Northern Spotted Owl, EPIC uses the best available science to inform our advocacy and decision-makers. read more >>

 

EPIC in Review

August 5, 2014

Hole in Headwaters Hike ReducedAs the summer heats up, so have some of EPIC’s ongoing projects. This past week, EPIC along with other environmental organizations wrote letters opposing H.R 1363 and H.R. 4742, two bills that seek to circumvent the National Environmental Policy Act process and threaten fisheries. Additionally, H.R. bills 5021 and 2363 attempt to open loopholes in the environmental review process and public involvement that undermine our checks and balances. read more >>

 

Tolowa Dunes State Park Fence Mapping, Removal and Restoration Project Report

August 4, 2014

Photo 6.Tolowa Dunes State park, in Del Norte County, is an ancient dune system composed of open and vegetated dunes on its western edge with the wave slope that provides important habitat for migratory wildlife. EPIC and other conservation groups saw a need to remove old livestock fencing from the park for wildlife, cultural, and wilderness aesthetic improvements. This report documents the current ecological restoration and livestock fence removal efforts. read more >>

 

Third Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park

July 28, 2014

Photo by Juan PazosFollowing two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation groups and local residents filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging Caltrans’ renewed approval of a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient and irreplaceable redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County. Due to Caltrans’ flawed environmental-review process, the project to cut into and pave over the roots of old-growth redwoods along Highway 101 was halted by a federal court ruling in 2012 and a state court decision earlier this year. read more >>

 

Old Growth in the New Economy

July 17, 2014

grandfather treehuggerthumbnailReaching capacity, people nestled tightly into Nelson Hall at Humboldt State University eagerly awaiting a lecture sponsored by Pacific Forest Trust entitled “Old Growth in the New Economy.” The lecture featured preeminent Northwest forest ecologist Dr. Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington, and Humboldt State University’s distinguished redwood ecologist Dr. Steve Sillett. The dialog focused on the roles and characteristics of Northwestern old growth forests, the ecosystem functions they provide, and how forest stewardship can benefit climate, wildlife, water, and a sustained resource economy. read more >>

 

Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content)

July 16, 2014

PhotoByRyanAnkenyTake Action: On Tuesday, July 22nd, at 1PM, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will discuss the future of Wildlife Services funding. According to the Washington Post, Wildlife Services, a federal agency, killed more than 4 million animals last year alone, including 75,326 coyotes, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,700 foxes, 973 red-tailed hawks, and 419 black bears. The agency uses snares, traps, poisons, aerial gunning and dogs to kill wild animals, often killing pets and other non-target animals by mistake. read more >>

 

Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte Highway Project on Endangered Salmon

July 15, 2014

SmithIn response to a lawsuit by EPIC and other conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the Wild and Scenic Smith River. A settlement agreement will keep in place a court-ordered halt of construction work until Caltrans completes consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act. read more >>

 

Smith River Threatened by Strip Mining

July 2, 2014

Smith-RiverTake Action! The Wild & Scenic North Fork Smith River is being targeted for a large nickel mine that would devastate the area for recreation, pollute public drinking water in California, damage critical habitat for the federally threatened coho salmon and other fisheries, and destroy the purest waters in the West. Red Flat Nickel Corporation, a foreign-owned mining company, has submitted plans to the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest to conduct exploratory drilling in the Baldface Creek/North Fork Smith River watershed. read more >>

 
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