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.
At EPIC, we intend to advocate for wolves as strongly as we advocate for all native biological diversity in Northern California. That means continuing our work to defend forests and wildlands from exploitation and destruction.
It is with great appreciation and satisfaction that we share with our extended family of supporters the 2012 EPIC Annual Report. This past year has been an amazing year in the history of EPIC! We have increased momentum that has resulted in a series of concrete advances for defending our Wild California. read more >>
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging a California Department of Transportation highway-widening project that threatens ancient redwoods, endangered salmon runs and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen existing narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks, without adequate environmental review of the impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act. read more >>
The vast majority of the Redwood Temperate Rainforest is in private hands. Some of those lands are managed better than others, but ultimately the general public has very little input over the restoration and recovery of California’s great Redwood forests. National and state parks cover a significantly smaller area than private lands in the Redwoods and opportunities for restoration are limited. Every once in a while the public has the opportunity to acquire more forested lands, but rarely does this occur in productive Redwood forests. EPIC is proud to support two recent initiatives that will hopefully result in the creation of two new publicly-owned Redwood forests in Humboldt County. read more >>
The California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) has recently indicated that it will move to approve Green Diamond’s plans to conduct damaging clearcut logging in the heavily impaired Elk River watershed. Timber Harvest Plan 1-12-113HUM “McCloud Creek East #5” was recommended for approval at the local level on Thursday May 2nd. Unlike other land managers in the Elk River watershed, Green Diamond continues to propose intensive clearcutting, road construction, and potentially the use of toxic chemical herbicides. read more >>
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to re-authorize commercial livestock grazing on over 33,453 acres of the Six Rivers National Forest, mostly within the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. The grazing allotment is located east of the Hoopa Valley within the headwaters of Mill, Tish Tang and Horse Linto Creeks, and these Trinity River tributaries are designated as “Key Watersheds” by the U.S. Forest Service, meaning they are critical for salmon recovery. This sensitive area contains wet meadows, lakes and streams that have been degraded, trampled and compacted by commercial livestock grazing for decades. read more >>
In the next 2-3 months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly the entire lower-48 states. This would be disastrous for gray wolf recovery in the United States. Help convince the Obama administration to not prematurely delist the gray wolf across the U.S.! read more >>
Wednesday May 1 in the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University, 5pm & Thursday May 2 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 7pm. The award winning film, Chasing Ice, shows the dramatic transformation of the world’s glaciers as a means of telling the story of the Earth’s changing climate. This film drives home the true planetary ramifications of deforestation in Redwood Country. read more >>
Federal and state agencies are accepting public comment on a proposal from the Mendocino Redwood Company for an Incidental Take Permit and associated Habitat Conservation Plan. Please take a moment to request that more time be allowed for public participation and review, as well as an increase in protections for endangered species. read more >>
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, EPIC argued on behalf of the Northern Spotted Owl before the California Fish and Game Commission. Despite the fact that the species has been threatened with extinction since the 1980’s, and listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1990, the Commission has not protected the species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). read more >>
EPIC members and activists have long been disgusted and outraged when they encounter the degradation that is common on Northern California national forests and wilderness areas as a consequence of poorly managed and inappropriate livestock grazing. Our goal is to reduce, control and eliminate significant negative impacts resulting from private livestock grazing on public land. read more >>