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

Final Push for the Protection of Pacific Fishers

July 30, 2015

Pacific Fisher FWS.govTake Action: The Pacific fisher needs your help. The fisher is a candidate for protection under the California Endangered Species Act. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended, however, that the fisher not receive protection in the vast majority of its range. The Fish and Game Commission has the last word though and they need to hear your voice. Please tell the Fish and Game Commission that you support protecting all fishers, not just some. read more >>

 

Take Action: Klamath River Runs Brown!

July 21, 2015

Klamath River Near Mouth 7.13.15 by Mark Harris Take Action Now to stop Westside: A few short but intense rain storms hit the 2014 fire areas on the Klamath National Forest causing massive sediment events that turned the mighty Klamath and Salmon River systems muddy and brown. On July 5, 7 and 12 rainstorms brought over an inch of rain in less than an hour causing road damage, intense debris torrents with slurries of mud, rock, water and trees to sliding for miles, filling in pools and creeks that serve as some of the best salmon spawning habitat. These watersheds are located within the same steep and unstable hillsides that are targeted for logging in the Westside project. read more >>

 

Conversion of Forests for Commercial Marijuana Cultivation--an Invitation to Disaster

July 15, 2015

16,000 square feet of cultivation on 100 acres, plus road infrastructure. North Coast forests are at risk. Increased forest fragmentation — the breaking of large intact tracts of forests is driven by the desire to make way for commercial ventures by clearing forest land. A draft marijuana regulation being promoted in Humboldt County would do more than regulate pot — it would further open our forests to development. EPIC and Humboldt Redwood Company don’t often see eye-to-eye, but we agree on this: the marijuana “regulation” currently being forwarded is bad for our forests. read more >>

 

Action Alert to Protect the Wild & Scenic Smith River from Strip Mining

July 15, 2015

Smith River by Amber Shelton SMTake Action Now: Mining companies want to develop large-sale industrial nickel strip mines in the headwaters of the Smith, Illinois and Pistol Rivers. Last year, a mining permit was denied by Oregon Department of Water Resources, but a Canadian based nickel mining company has appealed the decision. Unfortunately, the outdated mining law of 1872 prioritizes mining over all other land uses, and it is possible that the mining industry could have their way with these world class rivers if additional measures are not taken to protect them.read more >>

 

Legendary Landmark—EPIC v. Johnson turns thirty

July 15, 2015

Sally.Bell.GroveOne lawsuit seems to transcend the rest, standing as a hallmark accomplishment in changing the legal and regulatory landscape for environmental review and protection on private forestlands in California. EPIC v. Johnson has stood the test of time as one of the most significant legal victories in the effort to properly regulate the private timber industry. EPIC v. Johnson changed the legal and regulatory landscape for the timber industry in California and brought it into the modern age. read more >>

 

Action Alert to Ban Bobcat Trapping in California

July 8, 2015

bobcat-kitten flikrTake Action Now: Bobcats are still being trapped throughout California, and their pelts are sold in the international fur trade market. Recent spikes in demand from countries like Russia and China have increased prices for bobcat pelts, resulting in a boom in bobcat trapping throughout the State of California. The California Fish and Game Commission will be considering a statewide ban on bobcat trapping at their next hearing, and we need to send commissioners a message that we support the ban. read more >>

 

State Wildlife Action Plan Update & Alert

June 22, 2015

Photo Credit: USFWSTake Action: Advocate for a strong conservation legacy of California’s imperiled wildlife by asking the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to prioritize the protection of species in the North Coast Klamath Province and Pacific Northwest conifer forests. CDFW is updating the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The public review and comment period on the draft is open until July 2, 2015. California is the wildlife state, harboring more species and endemic plants and animals than any other state in the nation and it is the most populous, which makes this plan no small task. read more >>

 

State of Elk River—Cumulative Impacts, Contemporary Challenges

June 22, 2015

Flooding at Elk River Road by Angela TellezIt is said that those whom forget history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the Elk River watershed, located just south of Eureka, in Humboldt County, California, perhaps the saying should read “those whom forget history are doomed to exacerbate its effects.” Over 150 years of intensive forestland management in the Elk River watershed have profoundly changed the landscape, and left behind a legacy that continues to confound contemporary forest policy debate. read more >>

 

Northwest Forest Plan at 20: It’s Working!

June 22, 2015

Fig3The Northwest Forest Plan is working according to schedule. Like a fine wine, the Plan predicted our forests would get better with age; as forests that were cut in the 20th century eventually matured, the landscape would slowly regrow beautiful and bountiful old forests. In the 20 years that the Plan has been in place, our federal forests have recruited new old-growth habitat and have dramatically slowed the loss of high-quality habitat. And while losses still outnumber gains, according to the Plan, we should begin to see net gains in old-growth forests by mid-century. read more >>

 

Last Chance Grade: Looking at Alternatives

June 8, 2015

Last Chance Grade“Last Chance Grade” is a stretch of Highway 101 that sits precariously high above the Pacific Ocean and experiences frequent landslides due to the geological instability of the area. Caltrans is considering possible alternatives and reroutes that would take the road along an inland path to the east through coastal scrub, riparian and young, mature and old-growth forests within the Del Norte Coast State and National Park boundaries. read more >>

 
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