Archive for October, 2014

Klamath Chainsaw Masacre

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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IMG_1337The Klamath National Forest has been going batty eliminating wildlife habitat and damaging sensitive post fire soils on one of the most important rivers for salmon fisheries on the north coast. While EPIC was able to get some of the best wildlife habitat protected, acres of post-fire logging continue in other areas on the North Fork Salmon River.  Wet weather has not stopped the large heavy equipment from operating on these steep slopes, and mitigation measures for protecting wildlife and watershed values have not been completed or implemented, resulting in horrific impacts to this sensitive watershed.

If you think this is scary, the Klamath National Forest is proposing an additional, 60,000 acres of post-fire logging, which is now in the planning stage. Stay tuned for EPIC alerts to help stop the carnage on the Klamath.

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Welcome Additions to the EPIC Team

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Two new north coast forest protectors! Tom Wheeler and Lucy Allen recently joined the EPIC team to advocate for the science-based protection of northwest California’s forests. Using their expertise in environmental law, Tom and Lucy will help ensure that EPIC continues to fulfill its role as environmental watchdogs in defense of nature.

EPIC is focused on connecting working and wildland forests into whole healthy landscapes for flourishing nature and wildlife, in order to safeguard our valuable living resources in a changing climate for current and future generations.

Tom Wheeler 2Tom Wheeler is EPIC’s Program and Legal Coordinator. He serves as an anchor for our conservation advocacy efforts and is responsible for shaping implementation strategies to achieve EPIC’s mission and goals. Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. While in school, Tom was President of the Environmental Law Society and served as Articles Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. A native-Washingtonian, Tom previously helped defend old-growth and endangered species at the Washington Forest Law Center.

Prior to law school, Tom attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy & Environmental Studies. When he’s not nerding out over the Endangered Species Act (his all-time favorite law), Tom is probably plunking the banjo, playing ping-pong with wife, Jenna, or petting his cats, Fatty and Trim.

LLucy Allen ucy Allen is a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow. Lucy received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law with an Environmental Certificate. Before that, she worked at an environmental nonprofit focusing on water policy. During law school, she worked for a variety of environmental organizations including Natural Resources Defense Council. She also clerked for California Indian Legal Services. She holds a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies. Lucy grew up in Humboldt County and is thrilled to be back and serving the community.

We are grateful to long-time staff attorney, Sharon Duggan, for her commitment to mentoring the next generation of environmental advocates!

 

 

 


Mendocino Activists Ellen and David Drell to receive EPIC’s 2014 Sempervirens Award

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Ellen and David Drell, founding directors of the Willits Environmental Center, will receive the 2014 Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement of Environmental Activism Award at EPIC’s 37th Annual Fall Celebration Friday evening, November 7th. Perhaps best known for their efforts opposing Caltrans’ Willits Bypass, the Drells are lifelong forest protectors and wilderness advocates whom successfully campaigned to add more than 140,000 acres of forest into the Federal Wilderness System.

Born in Ohio, Ellen Drell attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, graduating in 1970 with a liberal arts degree and a major in music. After college, she dabbled in archeology and geology. On her way home to Ohio from a summer field course in geology, Drell stopped to visit a friend living the “back-to-the-land” life north of Covelo. She stayed, and for a year hiked the mountains and swam in the streams from Covelo to the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. It was the first time she was fully immersed in wilderness and at that time she just fell in love with the rocks, the trees, and the rivers and became so passionate about them she knew she had to work protect what she loved.

In 1977, Ellen sent her rocks back to Ohio and stayed in California with the mountains. When she learned that the forests that she had fallen in love with were under threat from logging, agency mismanagement and other controversial projects, she had to get involved. It is during this effort that she met the man who would become her lifelong partner and husband, David Drell.

The couple educated themselves about environmental laws, public resource agencies, electoral politics, forestry, economics, and citizen organizing. In 1984, their group succeeded in adding 40,000 acres of public lands to the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. The 1984 Wilderness bill was a statewide effort with David and Ellen heading to Washington DC to advocate for the forest. “The influence of the public was way more significant in 1984. Regular people could influence congressman and federal senators. There were real champions, real statesmen and women who worked for the forests because they knew it was the right thing to do,” said David. “When we went back in 2006 to fill in some gaps in the wilderness protections, the strangle hold that corporations and lobbyists had was palpable. Getting support in Congress in 2006 was very different.” Despite the difficulties in working with Congress, the Drells helped add an additional 100,000 acres of public land in Mendocino County to the federal Wilderness system in 2006.

The Drells’ effort to protect the forests of Mendocino County is a lifelong pursuit. In the late 1980s, with David and Ellen’s help, the community of Willits banded together to stop a wood-fired power plant from being built in downtown Willits. After successfully defeating the power plant project and inspired by the Mendocino Environmental Center, in 1990, Ellen, David and others founded the Willits Environmental Center to give environmental advocacy a public face in Willits. Their goal was to have an organization that would be able to quickly organize the community to respond to destructive projects. Within a year, the Drells and the WEC were deeply involved with the California Department of Transportation’s Willits Bypass Project. For fourteen years, David and Ellen have tried to convince Caltrans, their elected officials and the community that there is a better, safer, less expensive, less environmentally damaging solution to traffic congestion in Willits than constructing a four-lane freeway bypass through the wetlands and streams of Little Lake Valley.

When final approval for the project came in 2012 and still failed to include any substantive recommendations from WEC, reinforcements were needed. A legal challenge was filed in federal court by EPIC, the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and the Willits Environmental Center. Despite the best efforts of the legal team, the judge did not grant an order to halt construction of the project before the case would be heard, and in January 2013 construction for the project commenced.  Throughout 2013, a combination of direct action opposition and legal initiatives slowed construction of the Willits Bypass, garnering widespread attention and scrutiny of the project. Activists and agencies that identified shortcomings in the project’s ability to adequately protect environmental and cultural resources further strengthened the movement and made the sting that much harder when the Federal judge found in Caltrans’ favor allowing the project to move forward.

The disappointing ruling came despite the fact that construction has destroyed and damaged sensitive wetlands, the headwaters of salmon-bearing streams, oak woodlands and endangered species habitats. The effort to compel Caltrans to reduce the size, impacts and costs of the four-lane freeway bypass segment of Highway 101 around Willits continues, organized by community groups: Save Little Lake Valley, Redwood Nation Earth First! and the Willits Environmental Center.

Over the years of struggle and victory, the Drells and the community members of Willits have forged friendships that will last a lifetime. “During embattled campaigns, the strength from our willingness to be there with each other when we go through tragic defeat and celebrate the victories is what keeps a movement going,” said Ellen Drell. “You can’t do this work by yourself. It is always a group effort, people raising their voices in unison to bring dreams into a reality.”

EPIC is proud to recognize David and Ellen Drell for their Lifetime Commitment to Environmental Protection and Activism. They will present David and Ellen with the 2014 Sempervirens Award at their 37th Annual Fall Celebration on Friday, November 7th at the Mateel Community Center.  Guests will be served a gourmet four-course farm-to-table, family style meal prepared by Chef Luke Patterson, owner of The Other Place. Dinner and the awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by music by San Francisco based House of Floyd, playing the music of Pink Floyd. Doors open for the concert at 8:45p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, free for children under 12, for the dinner and awards ceremony, and $20 for the concert. For more information and to purchase tickets click here, or call 822-7711.


Happy Howl-O-Ween from the EPIC Team

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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wolf donate buttonIt’s the time of year for tricks and treats, for things that go bump-in-the-night, and for howling at the moon with the mysterious and wild. It’s the time of year not only for ghosts and goblins, but for wolves, fishers, and martens too; a time to contemplate and celebrate our vision of wild California.

EPIC’s work to protect and connect our forestlands and wild places is manifested in our successful campaign to see the Gray Wolf protected under the California Endangered Species Act. Protecting wolves means working for intact, connected landscapes, and advocating for best land management practices. EPIC has confronted the frightful threat of habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity in our bioregion by working to restore the integrity and connectivity of our landscapes.

The need to provide large tracts of intact habitat, wildlife linkages, biodiversity, and climate resiliency is freakishly important. EPIC’s integrated approach to defend and restore forestlands on both public and private ownerships provides the silver bullet for slaying the beast of degraded, fragmented landscapes that have resulted in loss of species diversity, population connectivity, and genetic viability. EPIC is dedicated to the protection and connection of our watersheds and wild places across ownership classes and boundaries.

Please join us in celebrating the wolf and the wild. Give a big howl for protecting and connecting our wild places and our wildlife. Have a happy howl-o-ween!

 


House of Floyd, Gourmet Feast and Extravagant Silent Auction

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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House-of-FloydJoin us for EPIC’s 37th Anniversary Fall Celebration on Friday, November 7th at the Mateel Community Center! Share a gourmet four-course Farm-to-Table, family style meal with the forest protection community and enjoy a cosmic music and light show by House of Floyd. This event is a fundraiser for EPIC’s ongoing work to protect wild places and the forests that characterize the one of a kind redwood region that we all know and love.

buy ticketsDuring dinner, EPIC will hold an award ceremony to present the Sempervirens Award for Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Advocacy to activists Ellen and David Drell who have dedicated a lifetime of work to the environmental movement, while Chef Luke Patterson will be presenting a locally sourced farm-to-table dinner feast that will include this mouth watering menu: EpicMenu

Seating is limited and dinner tickets must be purchased by October 31, so don’t wait — get them while they last!

Click here to purchase dinner and music tickets: $50 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and younger.

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Click here to purchase $20 House of Floyd concert only tickets ($25 at the door)

Local crafters, vendors, and artists have donated a wealth of items for this year’s silent auction, with something for everyone. This will be great place to get your holiday gifts for your family and friends with proceeds going to an increasingly important cause. The extravagant silent auction will feature literally hundreds of items including gift baskets, books, hats, candles, massage oils, paintings, pottery, jewelry, a hand-painted guitar, clothes, carvings and more! Click here to learn more about the event.

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Spotted Owl Self-Defense—EPIC Files Petition to Challenge CAL FIRE’s Use of So-Called “G-plus” Methodology

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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EPIC has filed a petition with the California Office of Administrative Law alleging that the California Department of Forestry is illegally employing a so-called “underground regulation” via its use of an unpromulgated review and approval standard for Timber Harvest Plans that have the potential to adversely impact Northern Spotted Owls.

For the last several years, EPIC’s Northern Spotted Owl self-defense campaign has been focused on challenging the use of antiquated and inadequate California Forest Practice Rules (FPRs) that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has decried as inadequate and likely to result in “take” of this federally-listed species. In particular, the provisions of so-called “option-(g)” (section 919.9(g) [939.9(g)] of the FPRs) have been called out by the Service as inadequate to prevent loss of occupied NSO territories on private lands resulting from timber harvest activities.

In February 2013, EPIC presented a petition to the California Board of Forestry requesting that it delete the offensive provisions of option-(g). At the initial hearing on the petition in March of 2013, the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE) acknowledged the outdated nature of option-(g). Representatives of CAL FIRE testified that in light of the fact that option-(g) was understood to be inadequate, CAL FIRE has since developed an enhanced review and approval process above and beyond that prescribed in the FPRs it dubbed “g-plus.”

However, the so-called “g-plus” methodology employed by CAL FIRE has never been fully described, either to the Board or to the public, and it has never been subject to any type of formal rulemaking as prescribed by the state Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

The lack of transparency in the review and approval process for Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) utilizing option-(g) or “g-plus” effectively constitutes what is known as an “underground regulation.” An underground regulation exists when a state body or agency employs rules, guidance, evaluation criteria, or supplements to rules that have not been subject to the formal rulemaking procedures prescribed by the APA. EPIC and its membership are adversely affected by the use of such underground regulation because it prevents our regulated members from being able to comply with rules that are unspecified, and because it prevents EPIC staff from being able to effectively engage in the conservation of the NSO as part of the THP review process.

The FPRs restrict CAL FIRE’s review and approval criteria for THPs to only those that have been promulgated via a formal rulemaking process. CAL FIRE’s development of the so-called “g-plus” approach has served to provide cover for landowners who continue to cling to the antiquated provisions of option-(g), most notably SPI. The use of the so-called “g-plus” methodology gives SPI a competitive advantage over other landowners choosing to comply with the most current guidance provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding NSO “take” avoidance by allowing SPI to continue its practices of intensive harvesting within known NSO home ranges. The result is a landscape which is highly fragmented and homogenized, confounding the ability of the NSO and other wildlife to feed, breed, and migrate.

EPIC’s petition to challenge implementation of the so-called “g-plus” approach is designed to shed transparency on the review and approval process for THPs that may harm the NSO and its habitat, while continuing to challenge the outdated and inadequate provisions of option-(g). EPIC is dedicated to improving forest management in the range of the NSO to allow for the protection, enhancement and restoration of high-quality connected habitats across the landscape.


Vote No on Proposition 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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East Fork Salmon River A.SheltonBecause spending billions of dollars on building new dams and reservoirs won’t make it rain, EPIC urges you to vote no on Prop 1. Proposition 1 is a $7.5 billion water bond, that includes $7.12 billion from the current bond and the redirection of previous bond funds that have not yet been spent. Prop 1 will not solve the water problems that the State of California is facing with the pressures of ongoing drought conditions. The proposed water bond would be bad for North Coast Rivers and fish as it proposes to build more ecologically destructive water storage systems, would subsidize more water exports and fails to bring real water efficiency solutions to California.

If approved, Prop 1 would facilitate the diversion of more water from Northern California’s rivers by using taxpayer money to acquire water for Big Agriculture. These funds would also be used to clean up special interest projects that did not employ adequate mitigation measures to offset the impacts of past projects. EPIC is concerned over the precedent Prop 1 would set to further subsidize corporate interests: by allocating money to clean up agricultural and industrial pollution of groundwater, the bond shifts the burden away from industry and on to the citizens of California.

Northern California does not have enough water to supply the entire state. In the beginning of August, 83% of the Trinity River was being diverted to the Central Valley Project while fish downstream were dying of disease and poor water conditions from low flows. Building more infrastructure will not result in more water, it will just facilitate more misuse of the dwindling water supply.

While some conservation organizations have supported the bond because a small portion of the funding earmarked for restoration and conservation, the bond dedicates nearly twice as much funding to dams and storage projects that would benefit business interests and create more ecologically destructive impacts. Additionally, the water bond proposes to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy water for fish, which they cleverly label as funds for “enhanced stream flows.”

It is imperative that regions live within their means, by employing conservation measures that allow a community to thrive without taking water from other ecological systems that are already on the brink of collapse. People must learn to be frugal with scarce water resources, and corporations should be required to clean up our public trust resources that they are polluting for profit; instead of asking taxpayers to borrow money from their grandchildren to clean up after them.

Because our rivers do not have water to spare and because of the bad precedent the bond might set, EPIC recommends voting NO on Prop 1.


Take Action to Urge Protections for Fishers

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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SONY DSCTake Action: Recently, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the West Coast fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. EPIC was one of 16 other environmental groups who in 2000 petitioned for the fisher to be listed across the West Coast. Finally, 14 years and numerous lawsuits later, it appears that the fishers may finally get the protection they deserve. But the fisher still needs your help.

The fisher, the largest member of the weasel family, is no doubt scrappy—it feeds on porcupines of all things—but is still in danger of extinction along the entire West Coast.

Historically, trapping and logging decimated the fisher population, leaving small, fragmented populations. Though it once roamed the Pacific Coast, the fisher is currently confined to two native populations—one in the southern Sierra Nevada and one in our backyard, Northern California-Southwestern Oregon—and a handful of reintroduced populations. Today, new and old stressors continue to threaten the fisher, including logging, wildfires and wildfire management, barriers to movement between populations, rodenticide, and the inadequacy of existing regulations (to name just a few).

You can help ensure the preservation and restoration of the fisher.

1. Sign EPIC’s Petition to urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Pacific Fisher

2. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments on the proposed “threatened” finding. Add your voice to the chorus of scientists, wildlife advocates, and concerned citizens to say that the West Coast fisher is threatened and worth protecting. Here is the portal for delivering your own unique comments: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2014-0041-0001  the reference ID that must be included in subject heading is: FWS-R8-ES-2014-0041. The comment deadline is January 5, 2015.

3. Individuals can also submit comments in writing, or in person at the public hearing on November 17, 2014 from 6 to 8pm at the Red Lion – 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, California 96002.


Overview of the Klamath-Trinity Flow Augmentation Release Decision

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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Trinity Photo by Casey RobertsJudge Lawrence O’Neill recently issued a decision in San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell, a case dealing with the Flow Augmentation Releases to the Klamath River since August of 2013. Click here to view the full decision.

What comes out of the decision is that the Trinity River Record of Decision, which sets limits on flows to restore fish and wildlife, is geographically limited to the mainstem Trinity River, and therefore does not limit Klamath River flows. However, the law that the Federal Government relied on to make the releases (the “1955 Act”) is also geographically specific to the mainstem Trinity River and thus does not provide authority for these releases. The court dodged the tribal trust obligation arguments, so no precedent comes out of the case related to that, which at least means that there is no negative precedent related to tribal trust obligations. Each claim is discussed individually in more detail below.

Parties and procedural overview

The San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District (“Plaintiffs”) sued the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation over Flow Augmentation Releases starting in August 2013, asserting claims under a number of different laws. The Hoopa Tribe, Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources were Defendant-Intervenors, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife filed an amicus brief.

Endangered Species Act claim

Plaintiffs asserted that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to engage in formal consultation procedures before carrying out the Flow Augmentation Releases. This claim was dismissed on the procedural grounds that Plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the claim.

NEPA claim

Plaintiffs claimed that the Bureau failed to conduct an environmental assessment, in violation of NEPA. Instead of doing an environmental assessment, the Bureau had invoked an “emergency” exception to NEPA. The court held that the Bureau’s action was “not a continuing practice and unlikely to repeat itself,” and the claim was dismissed as moot.

Central Valley Project Improvement Act Claims:

These claims are complicated, as they involve numerous laws passed over time. The court had to determine how these laws relate to one another and their geographical scope (see below for a list of these laws).

Question 1: Were the releases prohibited?

Plaintiffs asserted that the 1999 Trinity River Record of Decision (TRROD) prohibited the releases at issue, because the TRROD set an upper limit for releases for fishery purposes, and the releases at issue exceeded those limits. The court rejected Plaintiffs’ argument, stating that the Flow Augmentation Releases were not prohibited by the TRROD because the TRROD is geographically specific to the mainstem Trinity River, and thus did not apply to the releases at issue, which were releases to improve conditions in the Lower Klamath River.

Question 2: Were the releases authorized?

While these releases were not prohibited by law, whether the Bureau had the authority to make the releases is a separate question. The Bureau relied on the “1955 Act” as the source of its authority. This act created authority to integrate the Trinity River Diversion with the other features of the Central Valley Project; section 2 of the act authorized the Secretary of Interior to adopt appropriate measures to ensure preservation and propagation of fish and wildlife on the Trinity River. The court held that the 1955 Act is also limited to the mainstem Trinity River, and thus didn’t supply authority for the releases to the lower Klamath.

The Tribes raised tribal trust obligations as an alternative source of federal authority for the releases. The court basically dodged this argument because the Bureau and Department of Interior weren’t asserting it themselves. The Federal Defendants took the position that their trust obligation was “complementary authority” to the 1955 Act, and the court said that it would not consider the tribal trust obligation since the Bureau and Department of Interior wouldn’t assert it as an independent basis of authority for the releases.

California water rights claim

Plaintiffs also asserted that the Flow Augmentation Releases constituted a use of water outside of its permitted place of use, violating California water rights and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. The court held that the Bureau has authority under California law to release water to improve instream conditions for fish and wildlife, and thus the releases did not violate California water law, or the Central Valley Improvement Act, which the court said, just incorporates California water law by reference, as opposed to creating independent federal water law.

Public trust doctrine argument

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife filed an amicus brief  in the case, which is a way for a non-party to a lawsuit to express their opinion to the court, if the court grants permission. In its brief, the Department argued that the Flow Augmentation Releases were consistent with, and authorized by, California’s public trust doctrine. While the court agreed that the releases were consistent with the public trust doctrine, it stated that that doctrine does not affirmatively authorize federal (in contrast to state) action. The judge stated that, “[w]hile the public trust doctrine is relevant, it is not dispositive of any claim in this case.”

Partial list of laws/events at issue:

“1955 Act”: created authority to integrate the Trinity River Diversion with the other features of the CVP; section 2 authorized the Secretary of Interior to adopt appropriate measures to ensure preservation and propagation of fish and wildlife.

1981: Trinity River Flow Evaluation Study was initiated to determine flows appropriate to restore the Trinity River’s fishery.

1984 Trinity River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Act: directs the Secretary of Interior to implement a management program for the Trinity River Basin to “restore fish and wildlife populations…to levels approximating those which existed before” the diversion.

1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act: includes purpose of protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife in the Central Valley and Trinity River Basin.

1996 Reauthorization of the Trinity River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Act: reauthorizes and amends the 1984 Trinity River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Act.

1999 Trinity River Flow Evaluation Study (TRFES) completed: this study recommends dynamic flows, specifically flows ranging from 368,800 acre feet in critically dry years to 815,200 acre feet in extremely wet years, along with seasonal flow variability. This went through NEPA review, resulting in a “Trinity River Record of Decision” (TRROD) that prescribed certain flows depending on the type of water year.

In conclusion, the Bureau’s decision to release flows into the Trinity River to improve conditions in the Lower Klamath River did not violate any laws, but was not specifically authorized. The next step is finding a permanent solution to remedy the need for regular “emergency” flows. In dry water years, the health of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers are reliant upon the choice of a few decision-makers, and a few narrow thresholds that only trigger emergency releases if a fish kill is already well underway. Until the dams come out, we need to develop a system that prioritizes the health of the rivers and the fish, ensuring that we have healthy rivers, before we divert bulk water out of the basin.


Fall Celebration Featuring House of Floyd

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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You’re invited! EPIC’s 37th Annual Benefit Fall Celebration, a Farm to Table Dinner, followed with music by San Francisco based House of Floyd. Celebrate 37 years of Forest & Wildlife Protection with the EPIC Community. Dine, dance and laugh for lasting protection of the Northwest California bioregion on Friday, November 7, at Mateel Community Center in Redway.

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Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and younger.

Share a Farm to Table Dinner with friends and neighbors prepared by Chef Luke Patterson of Arcata’s The Other Place and Luke’s Joint. The FRESH and delicious 4 course family-style meal is locally sourced and includes salmon, and vegan, gluten-free options. Seating is limited.

Enjoy cocktail hour from 6:15-7:15pm with local beer, wine & cocktails, and live music. Guests are seated for dinner at 7:15pm, for dinner.

Presentation of the Sempervirens Award for lasting achievement in environmental advocacy to David and Ellen Drell of the Willits Environmental Center.

Don’t miss the silent & live auctions and much, much more!

After dinner, guests will be guided toward cosmic destinations by San Francisco Bay Area’s House of Floyd. Performing the music of Pink Floyd, the band puts on an elaborate experience that immerses audiences in the atmospheric authenticity of light and sound that the original Floyd so famously delivered in their live performances.

Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and younger and include the entire evening’s program. Please purchase tickets for dinner by October 31, click here to purchase the all inclusive event tickets. The ticket price rises to $60 at the door, if we’re not already sold out.

Tickets are $20 for the House of Floyd concert, and $25 at the door. Click here to purchase concert only tickets.

Redwood Sponsorship $1,500 and up

  • Receive 8 evening tickets
  • Reserved seating named by the Sponsor
  • Two bottles of wine
  • Commemorative etched Fire and Light plate
  • Gift basket

Northern Spotted Owl Sponsorship $1,000 and up

  • Receive 8 evening tickets
  • Reserved seating named by the Sponsor
  • Two bottles of wine
  • Commemorative etched Fire and Light plate

Wild and Scenic Sponsorship $500 and up

  • Receive 8 evening tickets
  • Reserved seating named by the Sponsor
  • Two bottles of wine

HOUSE OF FLOYD LOGO SEP 2013 V2The Pink Floyd Concert Experience starring House of Floyd

The S.F. Bay Area’s HOUSE OF FLOYD performs the music of Pink Floyd, and has gained a strong following for their unique ability to enthuse both the hard-core fans of the early adventurous Floyd and those who enjoy the songs and soundscapes that later brought them widespread appeal. They capture the essence of each of the various Pink Floyd eras from the formative Syd Barrett days, through the 70’s and the final post-Waters era.

HOF Photo 2014House of Floyd is a 7-piece band that includes 2 bookend multi-instrumentalists that double on saxophone, keyboards and guitar, and 2 excellent female background vocalists. House of Floyd has been performing in concert venues for over 10 years in the U.S. and abroad including a recent month long tour of India.

In the Pink Floyd tradition, a HOUSE OF FLOYD concert incorporates sound effects, screen projection, moving lights & state of the art laser show. The set lists on any given night might be from an actual Pink Floyd concert, or a custom HOUSE OF FLOYD mix. You may even see a giant inflatable pig!

Can’t make it this year? You can still donate to support EPIC’s work protecting the forests, rivers, and wildlife of northwest California. The Annual Fall Celebration Dinner is EPIC’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We depend on your support to plan for the year ahead. Please contribute what you can. Just $5 or $10 makes a huge difference.

Tickets are available at the EPIC office at 145 G Street in Arcata, Redway Liquor and Wildberries. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for the event, please call: 707-822-7711.

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