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

New Action Alert: The Westside Story

April 15, 2015

Whites Russian Fire Take Action Now: Say no to a logging tragedy! The heart of Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion could lose 30,000 acres of prime snag forest habitat on the steepest of unstable slopes above vital wild salmon rivers. Late Successional Reserves, meadows, seventy-five watersheds and the Caroline Creek eagles, bumblebees, endemic salamanders, Pacific fisher and seventy threatened Northern spotted owls need your help. The Westside situation is perilous, learn the details of the project. read more >>

 

Arcata Film Screening Pickaxe: the Cascadian Free State Story

April 15, 2015

loggingpickaxeEPIC screens Pickaxe: the Cascadian Free State Story at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, Monday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Pickaxe is a documentary that follows a group of activists in their direct action efforts to stop post-fire logging of an old growth forest in Warner Creek, Willamette National Forest, blockading the logging road and repelling the State Police. After the film learn about current efforts to protect old-growth forests in the Klamath National Forest from the Westside Timber Sale. read more >>

 

Earth Day Cleanup and Hoedown - April 25

April 13, 2015

River CleanupCome celebrate your love for the planet by giving back! River cleanups are fun and satisfying, and we need your help to make these special places more beautiful. The third annual Earth Day cleanup and Hoedown will take place on Saturday, April 25. EPIC Volunteers are needed to help clean up the lower Mad River! The cleanup will take place in the morning, and the Hoedown will be in the afternoon from 2-6pm. Admission to the Hoedown will be free to cleanup volunteers. read more >>

 

Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Northern Spotted Owl May Be Endangered

April 8, 2015

Owl-Self-Defense-wings-shadow-296x300Today, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service issued a positive initial 90-day finding on an EPIC petition to reclassify the iconic northern spotted owl from a “threatened” to an “endangered” species under the Endangered Species Act. The positive 90-day finding on EPIC’s petition to reclassify the northern spotted owl demonstrates that sufficient evidence exists that existing conservation measures have not been enough to protect and recover the owl, and that additional, more stringent and immediate measures are necessary to achieve this goal. read more >>

 

A Call to Action: Help Stop Westside Post-Fire Logging Proposal- Attend Eureka Meeting April 7

April 6, 2015

IMG_1337 Take Action: The Klamath National Forest’s proposed Westside project is one of the largest timber sales in U.S.F.S. history. The massive logging project is proposed within one of the most biologically intact watersheds in the west. Environmental advocates, forest defenders and regional stakeholders will be rallying at the Klamath National Forest’s open house meeting for the Westside post-fire logging project on Tuesday, April 7th 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. A few hours before the meeting in Eureka, EPIC will host a pre-meeting poster making session 3:30-5pm at the EPIC office, where snacks, poster-making supplies and talking points will be provided. read more >>

 

Fish & Wildlife Service Doesn't Care About the Humboldt Marten

April 6, 2015

Humboldt MartenThe Fish and Wildlife Service issued their 12-month finding on the Humboldt marten listing petition submitted by the Environmental Protection Information Center and the Center for Biological Diversity. While the Service acknowledged that the populations of coastal martens are extremely small and isolated, the Service did not find the marten to be threatened or endangered. This conclusion is dubious and runs counter to the best available science.read more >>

 

EPIC Invites You to Hike the Headwaters Forest Reserve April 18

April 6, 2015

DCIM100MEDIAEPIC invites you to join us for an educational hike in the Headwaters Forest Reserve on Saturday April 18, 2015. This guided educational hike will be led by Rob DiPerna, EPIC’s California Forest and Wildlife Advocate. We will discuss the history of the struggle to protect Headwaters Forest, the mechanisms that created the Headwaters Forest Reserve, and the contemporary challenges to land management in the Elk River watershed. The hike will originate from the Headwaters Forest Reserve South Fork Elk River trailhead. read more >>

 

The Endangered Species Acts—Tools of the Trade for Protecting Species Diversity and Forest Health

April 6, 2015

Pacific-Fisher_Bethany-Weeks-300x200A brief primer on the federal Endangered Species Act and the California Endangered Species Act - In the time of the Anthropocene, human activities have triggered what has become known as the “sixth great extinction period.” As far back as the 1970s, citizens and lawmakers alike saw this massive crisis unfolding and began to take steps towards reversing the downward spiral of species in California and across the United States. read more >>

 

An EPIC Thank You to All Who Helped at the Moonalice Benefit

March 31, 2015

Moonalice poster for EPIC Pisces Party 2015On behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center, event coordinators Amber Shelton, Mitra Abidi and Natalynne DeLapp would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who turned out on Friday, March 27th to help make the Moonalice fundraiser a successful event! Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate activists that have put their all into environmental advocacy and restoration work to make our community a better place for the forests, rivers and wildlife that we share this beautiful land with. read more >>

 

Sign Petition to Stop Westside – One of the Largest Timber Sales in US History!

March 25, 2015

westside photoClick here to take action now. The Klamath National Forest is proposing one of the largest timber sales in US history! Over 30,000 acres of post fire habitat are at risk of elimination. These steep and rugged watersheds support the most productive wild salmon and steelhead fisheries outside of Alaska, the largest acreage of unprotected low elevation ancient wild forest remaining on the West Coast, a high concentration of Wild and Scenic rivers and are world renowned for their rich biodiversity with many rare and endemic native species. read more >>

 
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