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

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 >>

 

Action Alert: Speak Up for Rare Mendocino County Pygmy Forest

March 23, 2015

Mendocino CypressTake Action: The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority is proposing a solid waste transfer station for the City of Fort Bragg on a 17-acre parcel of undeveloped Mendocino Pygmy Cypress Woodland and Northern Bishop Pine Forest—another rare forest type—along state highway 20. The 17-acre parcel is currently owned by the state, and is being managed as part of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest, but the proposal involves a land-swap that would transfer it out of state ownership for the purposes of the proposed development.read more >>

 

One Plan to Rule Them All

March 23, 2015

NWFP LogoOver the next few weeks and months, EPIC is going to focus in depth on the Northwest Forest Plan revisions for the U.S. Forest Service. Each week we will bring you a new topic. Species like the northern spotted owls don’t respect political boundaries. For that reason, the original Northwest Forest Plan was a regional forest management plan. The Plan amended the forest plans for 26 separate forests, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service, across 24 million acres of the American West. read more >>

 

Caltrans District 1: Wake up and smell the 21st Century

March 12, 2015

richardson_grove_bikesIt is time for a change. Now is time to rein in Caltrans. Last year, an independent report—the SSTI Assessment and Recommendations, authored by the State Smart Transportation Initiative—was released. Commissioned at the behest of Governor Brown, the report found that Caltrans is stuck in an “era of [i]nter-state building” despite calls (since the 1970's) for more multimodalism, sustainability and less reliance on auto-mobilty. read more >>

 

EPIC Digs in on Northwest Forest Plan Revisions

March 11, 2015

Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copyAncient forests of Douglas fir, hemlock, western red cedar—and in our lucky corner of California, the majestic redwoods—once stood proudly on the landscape. These forests, nurtured by the warm, wet climate, supported an amazing diversity of life; from salmon to northern spotted owls, Pacific fishers to grizzley bears, many species evolved to depend on these verdant lands. And then came European settlors and everything changed. Decades of logging largely stripped these ancient forests from the landscape. read more >>

 

Marbled Murrelets Protected Again

March 11, 2015

MAMU_AlaskaFWSThe DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected yet another attempt by the timber industry to remove federal endangered species protections from the marbled murrelet. The appeal was the timber industry’s fifth attempt—and fifth loss—in the past decade to eliminate protections for the old growth forests that marbled murrelets call home, despite undisputed scientific evidence that has shown murrelets are continuing to disappear from the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. read more >>

 

Update on Caltrans' Last Chance Grade Project

February 19, 2015

Drilling Last Chance GradeCaltrans recently held a series of public workshops seeking input from the public as the agency considers possible alternatives and reroutes in an attempt to find a long-term solution for the Last Chance Grade — a stretch of U.S. Highway 101 about ten miles south of Crescent City, which sits precariously high above the Pacific Ocean and experiences frequent landslides due to the geological instability of the area. read more >>

 

EPIC in Review

February 17, 2015

 salmon-river-spring-M-Aaron Cowan EPIC has been busy upholding environmental laws both at home, and across the nation. Over the past month our staff has advocated for science-based accountability of the California Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program, to protect water quality through proper maintenance of Forest Service roads and protect wilderness from grazing. We signed letters opposing the spread of natural gas pipelines that would fragment forests, the Keystone Pipeline XL and Navy sonar testing. read more >>

 

Moonalice at the Mateel Community Center, March 27

February 1, 2015

HOUSE OF FLOYD LOGO SEP 2013 V2Click here to buy tickets. You're invited! The event, formerly known as the Pisces Party, benefits EPIC's efforts to restore the forests and watersheds of the North Coast of California. The Pisces Party is a celebration to welcome the coming spring and honor local activists who are working to create a healthy, sustainable forested landscape for flourishing nature and wildlife, and to safeguard earth’s valuable living resources in a changing climate for current and future generations.read more >>

 
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