Posts by Amber Shelton

Thank You for Supporting 40 Years of Forest Defense!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
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The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all of the attendees, businesses, sponsors, volunteers and artists who helped make the 40th Anniversary Fall Celebration a fun and successful event. Each year we look forward to this EPIC reunion where we can visit with people who make up the heart and soul of the redwood region’s environmental movement. The legacy that the EPIC community has made lives on through generations of grassroots activists and continues with the vibrant new energy of those who seek our efforts out to help keep our little corner of California the special place that we all know and love.


EPIC 40th Anniversary Fall Celebration with Casey Neill, Alice DiMicele and Joanne Rand

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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You are cordially invited to celebrate forty years of grassroots activism for forest and wildlife protection at the EPIC Fall Celebration on Friday, November 3rd from 6pm-midnight at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. We are very pleased to present musical activists Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Alice DiMicele and Joanne Rand who will be sure to take us on a trip back in time to the roots of the North Coast environmental movement as we honor Judi Bari with the Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award.


EPIC Saves Big Old Trees

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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Last December, we ventured out into the Klamath National Forest to monitor the Jess Timber Sale to ensure that trees that were marked for logging were consistent with Forest Service decisions and environmental policies. At our first stop in the timber sale, we noticed that dozens of mature trees were marked to be logged in riparian reserves, where they were supposed to be protected.


Free EPIC Hike through the Ewok Forest of Endor!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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Join EPIC for a Redwood hike through Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on July 9th, 2017. This hike will meander through an enchanted forest landscape where Star Wars Return of the Jedi was filmed. The stunning old growth and pristine Smith River along the Stout Grove hiking trail makes it one of the most beautiful places on the North Coast.


Base Camp Reflections

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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Over the weekend, EPIC staff and volunteers and ventured out into the remote wildlands of the Klamath Mountains for EPIC Base Camp; a three day “groundtruthing” training that focused on data gathering to help reform grazing and timber sale practices on public lands. Outdated laws allow for private timber companies and ranchers to use public lands for private profit, and the fees collected for these destructive activities do not cover the costs of the impacts, regulation, or oversite associated with the practices.


You’re Invited: EPIC Base Camp 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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We are excited to announce that EPIC will host a weekend of skills training to help protect our public lands. 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!


EPIC in the Community

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Its times like these when our work is most important. Now more than ever, our forests, rivers and wildlife need us. They cannot defend themselves, so its up to people like you to do something. Stay engaged, do what you can, and find ways to participate in meaningful events where you can make a difference. EPIC staff has been all over the region in the last few weeks to advocate for our forests and wildlife. We are planning to continue our full press public outreach efforts throughout the next few months, and we hope the events below will inspire you to join us for future events such as EPIC Basecamp, a weekend of field training for forest protectors.


2017 EPIC Hikes

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Come out and join the staff of EPIC for a series of spring and summer excursions in our majestic and critically-important redwood region parks and reserves, home of the tallest trees on earth. Hikes will be led by EPIC staff, and are free and open to the public. Topics to be covered will include the ecology, sociology, history, management, protection, and conservation of our public parks and reserves in the redwood region of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.


Action Alert: Stop Clearcuts and Communications Towers in and Around Redwood National Park

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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rodgers-peak-imageTake Action Now! We are not kidding you: someone thinks it’s a good idea to put a massive communications tower, with an adjacent clearcut in Redwood National Park. In total, three communication towers, with a height range of 120 to 270 feet and with adjacent clearcuts that must be perpetually maintained for the sake of the towers, are proposed for Rodgers Peak (in Redwood National Park), Alder Camp (a state-owned prison facility), and on Rattlesnake Peak (privately owned by Green Diamond). The towers would provide radio coverage for federal, state and local agencies but would not provide any cell phone reception for the nearby communities.


Timber Sale Monitors Find Trees Marked in Riparian Reserves

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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EPIC staff and volunteers have been getting out into the field and groundtruthing timber sales to verify compliance with Forest Service decisions and environmental policies. The Jess Project, a timber sale in the North Fork Salmon River watershed, proposed by the Klamath National Forest, would treat about 1,960 acres of forest. While monitoring the Jess Project, EPIC found many fire resistant mature and old-growth trees on north facing slopes as well as trees located in riparian reserves that were marked to be logged.


Action Alert: Congress Threatens Public Input for BLM Lands

Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Headwaters Forest Reserve 20 Anniversary Hike
Take Action Now: The Senate is considering S.J. Res 15, a resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” land-use planning rule, which gives the public a voice in large-scale planning for public lands. If the resolution is passed, public input in the management of our public lands would be drastically limited. the U.S. House of Representatives already voted in favor of the resolution, and the Senate will be voting any day. Senators need to hear that we value our public lands and we should have a say in how these lands are managed.


Bringing Back the Condor

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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800px-californcondor-scott-frierThe Yurok Tribe has spearheaded an effort in conjunction with the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a condor restoration program and release facility in Redwood National Park, to return condors to their historical range in Yurok Ancestral Territory, where they have not been seen for more than a century. We shouldn’t have to tell you this, but just in case: this is fantastic and EPIC wholeheartedly supports condor reintroduction.


BLM Seeking Input for Public Land Management in NW CA

Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Full page photoThe Bureau of Land Management will be holding public scoping meetings to seek comments to help shape the Northwest California Resource Management Plan (NCIMP) and Environmental Impact Statement for public land management over the next 15 to 20 years. The plan process is expected to take up to four years to complete and would govern 400,000 acres of public lands and resources in Del Norte, Siskiyou, Shasta, Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity, Tehama and Butte counties.


Headwaters Timeline and Historical Photo Gallery

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
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Rally1This timeline of events for the Headwaters movement is in honor of the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Headwaters Campaign, and the 20th anniversary of the Headwaters Rally at Stafford that was attended by 6,000 activists. The 15th of September marks the end of the Marbled Murrelet nesting season, and the beginning of the logging season. On the 15th of September, 20 years ago, 1033 people were arrested at Fisher Gate trying to stop logging in the iconic Headwaters forest, marking the largest civil disobedience action in the history of the forest preservation movement.


Public Rally Against Westside “Salvage” Logging Calls on Forest Service to “Stop Westside”

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
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StopWestSide_brookeanderson-23Public locked out of National Forest while private companies log for $2.50 a truck load – Despite rains, about 20 people gathered at the Grider Creek Campground to protest the massive clear-cut logging plan and forest closure in the Klamath National Forest. The timber sale that will purportedly take 102 Northern Spotted Owls, possibly result in a localized extinction of coho salmon, and negatively impact salmon bearing creeks and rivers is ironically called the Westside Fire Recovery Project.


Fences Finally Removed in Tolowa Dunes State Park

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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ElkAfter years of assessment, documentation, mapping and planning, abandoned livestock fences in the Tolowa Dunes have finally been removed, and now a small heard of wild elk have been sighted in the area that was previously leased for cattle grazing. The Park is used as a Pacific flyway stopover for migratory birds, serves as critical rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and provides grazing opportunities for wild ungulates. Tolowa Dunes State Park is also sacred to the Tolowa people, who once had a village there, a village that was the site of a horrible massacre of the Tolowa people in 1853.


Stepping Up for Earth Day – It Takes a Village to Save a Planet

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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grandfather treehuggerthumbnailWithin the North Coast region, there are many individuals who have stepped up to protect our wild places. There are groups like EPIC who work within legal parameters to write comments on projects that threaten our environment and communities, provide testimony at public meetings, develop public awareness campaigns, organize rallies and file lawsuits. When legal tactics don’t work, and a place is threatened with imminent destruction, there are individuals who get out on the ground and take direct action like staging blockades, tree-sits, lock-downs, civil disobedience, guerilla restoration and other creative demonstrations.


Action Alert: Protect the Smith River with “Outstanding Waters” Designation

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
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Smith River by Amber SheltonTake action to defend the North Fork Smith River from strip mining and other harmful activities by giving the river the best protection possible. A petition before the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission seeks to designate the North Fork Smith River and its tributaries as “Outstanding Natural Resource Waters” to protect public health and welfare, wildlife, fish and aquatic life, and many beneficial uses of the state’s waters. This designation would also protect the river and its tributaries from a strip mine that is proposed in Baldface Creek watershed.


4/20 Pints for Non-Profits ~ Celebrate Earth Day and All Things Green!

Monday, March 28th, 2016
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EcoNews Ad for Pints for NonProfitSMALL Join your greenest buddies on 4/20 at the Mad River Brewery for Pints for Non-Profits. Wednesday, April 20th from 6-9pm. Dance the night away with music by the Kingfoot String Band and don’t forget to bring some extra green for the raffle and silent auction! All proceeds go to support local non profits working together to protect and restore the beautiful North Coast region.


Film Screening of “Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance” April 7th at Arcata Playhouse

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
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Tree Sit Poster FinalSmall (2)The Environmental Protection Information Center will host a film screening of “Tree-Sit: the Art of Resistance” on Thursday, April 7th from 6-9pm at the Arcata Playhouse. Tree-Sit is an inspirational film that documents the North Coast environmental movement that led up to the Redwood Summer era and efforts to protect some of the last old-growth redwood forests on the planet.