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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Help Protect Wild California

Making a gift donation to EPIC is a great way to support our work to protect the forests, rivers and endangered species of Northwest California.
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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

2014 EPIC Year in Review

December 19, 2014

grandfather treehuggerthumbnailWhen it comes to getting things done, EPIC churns out one campaign after another in the pursuit of making our world a better place. Over the past year, we have taken on almost every project you can imagine, from getting protections for the Grey Wolf, to banning rodenticides, to protecting wild places, to thwarting Caltran’s attempts to harm ancient redwoods, our team is proficient in bringing about changes to better the environment and quality of life. read more >>

 

Dear Santa: Save our Beautiful Wild Rivers from Strip Mining

December 12, 2014

Santa and river image for alertTake Action: This Christmas, please join us in asking Santa for something extra special: a mineral withdrawal in southwest Oregon that benefits California too! Urge Oregon and California representatives to introduce legislation to protect the wild and wonderful Illinoi and Smith Rivers from mining. Immediate introduction of legislation to withdraw the area from mining is needed to protect these priceless federal public lands by closing them to mining unless there’s a valid existing right. read more >>

 

EPIC Unveils New Strategic Plan

December 11, 2014

rodo-redwoods_big-copy-300x211 We are creating a stronger, more solid, focused organization, in order to achieve the greatest impact in forest protection. Building off our past accomplishments and holding true to our principals, we concluded that the most effective thing we can do is focus our energy and resources on achieving three specific goals: (1) Connecting working and wild forests; (2) Ensuring best management of public forestland; and (3) Ensuring best management of private industrial forests. read more >>

 

Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in California’s Richardson Grove State Park

December 9, 2014

RichardsonGrove After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans has been prohibited from any project construction activities by both a 2012 federal court injunction and a recent state court order. read more >>

 

EPIC Arts Arcata and Membership Mixer December 12

December 7, 2014

EPIC Membership SlideCelebrate Arts Alive with EPIC! Meet Board and Staff and hear about our exciting new programs for 2015. We will offer live music, art, wine and snacks! We will also have a raffle prize, so come check out our work space and connect with the Northern Humboldt forest protection community! Local artist and film-maker, Thomas Dunklin will feature his photography that focuses on local fisheries. read more >>

 

EPIC Evening at the Palm Dec. 6

November 30, 2014

Epic Evening4.pngBurningleaf Productions is proud to present, An EPIC Evening at the Palm, a grand and swanky cocktail party fundraiser for the Environmental Protection Information Center. EPIC is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the forests of Northwestern California. Come out in your glamour and glitz to sip some cocktails, enjoy eclectic art, listen to live jazz, be seduced by burlesque and dance the night away at the Palm lounge in the Historic Eureka Inn on December 6th. read more >>

 

EPIC in Review

November 24, 2014

20140201_154619As usual, EPIC is busy upholding environmental laws both at home, and across the nation. Over the past few months our staff has advocated for the protection of old growth in the Klamath National Forest, opposed the Federal Drought Bill and bad forestry bills, requested endangered species protections for monarch butterflies, requested action to protect families from harmful pesticides and submitted petitions on behalf of tens of thousands of people to protect wildlife and wild places. read more >>

 

Giving Local Tuesday Dec. 2

November 20, 2014

GivingLocalTuesdayEPICEPIC and the Northern California Association of Nonprofits have teamed up to bring Giving Local Tuesday to the north coast region. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – the Giving Tuesday campaign aims to harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping. The organizations are seeking to inspire a spirit of generosity, personal philanthropy and greater levels of giving to local organizations during the holiday season.read more >>

 

Advocate for Real Recovery

November 12, 2014

1Take Action: The Klamath National Forest recently proposed a massive post-fire logging operation throughout some of the most important watersheds on the north coast. The Westside project targets up to 43,338 acres concentrated in Late-Successional Reserves (old forests), Riparian Reserves (streamside forests), in Wild and Scenic River corridors and within Northern spotted owl critical habitat. read more >>

 

Fall Celebration Thank You

November 11, 2014

EPIC Fall Celebration 2014On Friday, November 7th, several hundred North Coast community members celebrated 37 years of forest and wildlife protection with EPIC at their annual Fall Celebration. The staff and board of EPIC would like to thank all of the community members, volunteers and businesses that made it possible to throw an incredibly entertaining and successful event! read more >>

 
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