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. Read More »
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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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Fight Climate Change Through Community Forests!

February 20, 2019

To help combat climate change, Humboldt County must do something bold: invest in its forests through the creation of a Humboldt County Community Forest. Humboldt County’s renowned redwood trees are the most carbon-dense in the world, capturing and sequestering more carbon per-tree than any other on the planet. Because these trees are long-lived and not prone to fire or disease, they make excellent carbon storage devices. Beyond carbon, our forests offer so much more: clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, and jobs. read more >>

 

EPIC Holds Southern Humboldt Community Meeting on Green Diamond Sproul Creek Property Purchase

February 20, 2019

Thirty Southern Humboldt community members came out on a wet and stormy Wednesday night to attend an EPIC sponsored Community Meeting to discuss the recent purchase of 9,200-acres of timberlands in the Sproul Creek Watershed by Green Diamond Resource Company. The event took place at Ganas in Garberville, and featured presentations by the North Coast Regional Land Trust addressing the Conservation Easement on the property that prohibits sub-division, and by EPIC staff, introducing Green Diamond and its practices to the local community. read more >>

 

Action Alert: Support Clean, Renewable Energy in Humboldt County

February 19, 2019

Take Action Now! On Thursday, February 28, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority will consider whether to transition its electric energy sourcing to 100% clean, renewable power by 2025. The move was brought to RCEA Board of Directors by recommendation from RCEA’s Community Advisory Council. Previously, the Cities of Eureka and Arcata, together with the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and the McKinleyville Community Services District, have passed resolutions expressing their support. This move is further supported by EPIC.read more >>

 

EPIC & Allies Petition State Water Board to Step In Over Elk River Mess

February 4, 2019

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has made an even bigger mess of the situation in Elk River by failing to revisit and revise sediment pollution waste discharge permits for Green Diamond and Humboldt Redwood Company in the watershed as directed by the State Water Resources Control Board. To add insult to this injury, the Regional Board continues to allow Green Diamond and Humboldt Redwood Company to enroll Timber Harvest Plans under the old permits while it continues to kick-the-can down the road on the required revisions. read more >>

 

Lawsuit Targets California Permit for Clearcutting Endangered Marten Habitat

January 31, 2019

Conservationists today sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to challenge its “Safe Harbor Agreement” that would allow Green Diamond Resource Co. to harm state-endangered Humboldt martens by clearcutting the endangered animal’s habitat. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the agreement because it provides no net conservation benefit for martens. Fewer than 200 of the forest-dwelling carnivores survive in California, and clearcut logging is the primary threat to their recovery. read more >>

 

Court: Gray Wolves Can Keep California Endangered Species Protection

January 29, 2019

Judge Finds No Merit in Pacific Legal Foundation, Rancher Challenge. On January 28th a state court judge upheld protection for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. The ruling rejected a challenge from the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association and California Farm Bureau Federation. read more >>

 

BREAKING: Federal Court Halts Illegal Logging in Sensitive Forests

January 28, 2019

Post-Fire Logging in the Siskiyou Crest Mountains would Degrade Water Quality and Irreparably Harm Wildlife Habitat. Late Friday, Judge Troy L. Nunley halted plans for post-fire, clear-cut logging in northern California’s Klamath National Forest. The court held that the Seiad-Horse timber sale project would illegally and irreparably harm aquatic resources with increased sedimentation, violate the Northwest Forest Plan’s restrictions on large snag removal from a late-successional reserve, and violate the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to analyze the effects of the project. read more >>

 

SoHum Community Meeting: Green Diamond & Sproul Creek

January 23, 2019

EPIC staff will present a 20-minute talk/power point that contains information and visuals about the Sproul Creek property and Green Diamond and its practices. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. All ages welcome. Donations graciously accepted at the door. read more >>

 

Trump's Shutdown Threatens Public Lands, Wildlife and Human Health

January 23, 2019

The government shutdown continues over Trump’s “ecological disaster” border wall. For our federal public lands, the shutdown stinks. The Feds are the largest landowner in the county—by far—with about 640 million acres, including over five million acres in Northwest California. While these lands largely remain open, there are reports at parks across the country of overflowing human waste and trash. Without caretakers, people are already wreaking havoc. In Joshua Tree National Park, vandals have hacked apart the iconic trees. read more >>

 

Clean Water or Industrial Waste Ditch—The Future of Elk River Still Hangs in the Balance

January 22, 2019

Elk River and its residents, human and otherwise, continue to play second-fiddle to the industrial timber ensemble of Humboldt Redwood Company and Green Diamond Resource Company when it comes to state agency enforcement and regulation of logging. EPIC expects this from CAL FIRE, an agency that seemingly never met a THP it didn’t like and want to approve. What’s more disappointing is the 20-years and-counting of heel-dragging by the North Coast Regional Water Board to develop and implement a Total Maximum Daily Load. read more >>

 
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