EPIC Basecamp


EPIC Base Camp will take place in the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp on June 9-11, 2017. Base Camp attendees will have the opportunity to participate in groundtruthing, map and compass orienteering, environmental policy, know your rights trainings, and more! Sign up for this event at the link below, as space is limited!


Groundtruthing is an important tool used to monitor logging projects and other industrial activities on public lands. The information gained from groundtruthing allows EPIC to provide the public with information needed to understand, and engage in, decisions affecting public forest lands, waters and wildlife. Information from on-the-ground monitoring also helps EPIC challenge bad logging projects, destructive grazing and other Forest Service actions that degrade the environment.

Logging Groundtruthing

Logging groundtruthing is simple. Visit a proposed timber sale and document what the Forest Service or BLM is proposing. This information enables EPIC, and you, to compare what the agency is planning on the ground versus what it states in the timber sale documents. Past groundtruthers have found discrepancies in agency information and documented rare plants and animals that have led to the cancellation of some or all of the proposed logging.



Space is limited! Please RSVP for this event ahead of time! Email amber@wildcalifornia.org


EPIC’s 2018 Basecamp will be located at a public camp ground off Hwy 199 9 miles east of Jedediah Smith State Park near Happy Camp in Klamath National Forest, about a 3 hour drive from the EPIC office in Arcata, CA. Exact location TBA. Our site is located in a shaded area adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Klamath River and can accommodate a maximum of 30 people. The campsite features an area for dispersed tent camping and several picnic tables and campfire rings with grills, toilets and potable water.


Check the Carpool Page to offer or find a ride! Before your carpool leaves please call the office to see if there are supplies you can help transport to camp! (707)822-7711. If you plan to drive please review EPIC’s Expectations for all Drivers, here.


Friday, June 9: Set Up and Groundtruthing Training

  • 12:00 pm: Orientation, ground rules, paperwork signing, and lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: basic first aid overview
  • 2:00-3:00 pm map reading and compass skills
  • 3:00-4:00 pm TBA
  • 4:00-6:00 pm: free time
  • 6:00-7:00 dinner
  • 7:00-8:00 after dinner hike
  • 8:00: campfire and legal rights training

Saturday June 10: Groundtruthing Training and Field Work

  • 8:00AM: Breakfast/make sack lunches
  • 9:00AM: Divide into teams, and get field routes prepared. Depart into the forest.
  • 9:00-4:00 pm: groups will be in the field participating in pertinent field work and groundtruthing.
  • 4/5:00PM: Teams arrive back at camp no later than 5:00PM to debrief.
  • 6:00PM: Dinner, activities for everyone, fun, and socializing!

Sunday, June 11: Groundtruthing Training and Field Work

  • 8:00AM: Breakfast/make sack lunches
  • 9:00AM-2:00PM: Divide into teams. Groups will be in the field participating in pertinent field work and groundtruthing.
  • 3:00 pm: Teams arrive back at camp no later than 3:00 pm to debrief.
  • 4:00PM: Farewell!


  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad (bringing an extra tarp is recommended)
  • Trash bag (for trash and/or wet clothes)
  • A flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Extra warm clothing & rain gear (just in case!)
  • Personal medications
  • A camp chair or other comfort needs
  • Boots are necessary, and a spare pair of shoes
  • Day pack
  • Sunscreen/chapstick
  • Bug repellant
  • Toilet paper
  • Musical instruments/song books
  • Books/articles that spark discussion, pen & paper
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene needs
  • A “mess kit” (water bottle, mug, bowl, fork and spoon)
  • FOOD: extra snacks and/or food to share appreciated
    • *We are providing light breakfast, PBJ’s for lunch and dinner, but if your diet is very restricted, please plan appropriately.  Bring non­perishable food (nuts, trail mix, oranges, apples, etc.), especially snacks and easy-­to-­carry items.
  • If you have a smart phone or tablet you can bring, consider downloading the Avenza Maps Application and
    • Uploading this map into the application: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.akamai.com/11558/www/nepa/105498_FSPLT3_3906998.pdf
    • Avenza Maps is an application that uses satellite technology to geo-reference photos you take, so you don’t need cell reception to utilize this app. You can download project maps that are proposed by agencies and GPS reference yourself, photos and notes on that map through the Avenza Map application.



Lunch: Bring your own lunch. Extra bread/PBJ available.

Dinner: Taco night: Beans, rice, salsa, veggies (onions, peppers)


Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy (bring biscuits from Arcata/Eureka and make a gravy out in camp)

Lunch: Hummus vegetable tortilla wraps

Dinner: Thai vegetable curry


Breakfast: Oatmeal, nuts, raisins, coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwiches


Donating any of these items to EPIC will ensure that we can provide a safe, effective, high-quality camp in the forest this year! Contact amber@wildcalifornia.org if you can help us plan a successful camp by making a donation!

Suggested food donations:

  • Veggies: fresh produce will be essential!
  • Bread (gluten-free and regular)
  • dried fruit
  • rice noodles
  • almonds
  • Eggs
  • Apples (other fruit)
  • Cheeses and tofu
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Honey
  • Coconut milk
  • Veggie Broth    

Suggested gear donations:

  • Digital cameras (for us to borrow or to keep)
  • GPS devices
  • Working compasses (especially ones with which you can measure slope!)
  • Notebooks (partially used is ok!)
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast field guide by Jim Pojar 

Group camp donations:


Ground Rules for Attendees of EPIC’s Summer Campouts.

All participants are expected to follow the ground rules set below.

  • No dogs
  • No alcohol or federal & state-determined illegal drugs allowed
  • Don’t talk substantively to Law Enforcement Officers; direct them to LEO liaison
  • Respect and follow posted Forest Service orders, such as burn bans
  • Do not damage/destroy Forest Service property or equipment

Regarding Camp Safety and Happiness

  • Participate in group activities & help with communal camp chores
  • Notify group leader of problems/dangers/concerns
  • Always check in/out with camp host when arriving or leaving camp
  • Respect Basecamp materials and equipment
  • Keep camp clean and dispose of trash properly
  • Don’t drink untreated water
  • Refrain from picking vegetation or creating unnecessary damage to the forest
  • Quiet in common area from 10pm to 7am
  • No smoking in common areas (dispose of butts properly!)
  • No individual campfires

 Regarding Interpersonal Respect

  • We reserve right to ask individuals to leave
  • Discrimination or oppressive behavior will not be tolerated
  • Be mindful and respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries (e.g. don’t touch people/belongings without permission)
  • Respect the judgement and requests of group leaders
  • Watch out for other campers and help when needed
  • Ask for what you need (within reason) and know your limits
  • Be mindful of space you take up in group settings