Posts by Amber Shelton

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.


Action Alert to Protect Wolves in California

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Wolf Donate ButtonThumbnailAction Alert: The California Fish and Game Commission is accepting comments on the Draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California and they need to hear your voice. The two part document includes goals, strategies and phases for wolf management as their populations within the state begin to grow. The gray wolf is one of the most iconic species in the American West, where they lived for thousands of years before they were driven to extinction as the land was settled, and now we finally have the opportunity to allow them to return to their former habitat and restore the natural order of the land as an apex predator.


Action Alert – Support California Coastal Commission Director

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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Trinidad Take Action: As the California Coastal Act celebrates its 40th year as the most effective coastal protection legislation on the globe, pro-development interests are attempting to terminate Dr. Charles Lester, the Executive Director of the Commission for not being developer friendly enough, although no cause has been given for such a drastic action. Dr. Lester has refused to resign quietly, and has called for a full public hearing on his proposed termination, which will take place on Wednesday, February 10th in Morrow Bay.


Thank You for a Fabulous EPIC Fall Celebration

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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EPIC's Fall Celebration 2015The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all of the attendees, businesses, sponsors and artists who helped make this year’s Fall Celebration a fun and successful event. Each year we look forward to this event that resembles a family reunion for those of us who are the heart and soul of the environmental movement of the Pacific Northwest. The legacy that the EPIC family has made lives on through generations of grass roots 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 Fall Celebration Featuring Monophonics

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
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Monophonics2EPIC proudly presents the Bay Area’s finest psychedelic soul funk band “Monophonics” at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, November 6th. The evening features a gourmet family style meal catered by local favorite, Outlaw Kitchen. Doors open at 6:00 PM for cocktail hour. Dine with friends while local songwriter Josephine Johnson plays her sultry folk tunes with Piet Dalmolen. During dessert, the Sempervirens Award will be presented to Betty Ball, for her lifetime achievement in environmental advocacy.


Westside Community Meeting in Orleans September 11th

Monday, September 7th, 2015
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FlyerWestsideMeeting copy copy copyThis Friday, concerned community members will be meeting to discuss impacts of the Westside project on our communities. In the coming days, the Klamath National Forest plans to auction off 14 timber sales, that have been analyzed as part of the Westside post-fire logging project, a large commercial salvage logging proposal that covers over 30,000 acres of management including logging on about 10,000 acres of forests affected by the Whites, Beaver and Happy Camp fires of 2014. Many of the areas proposed for logging are adjacent to wilderness areas and critical habitat corridors that are important for providing linkages between the islands of protected areas.


Northern California National Forests on Fire

Monday, August 10th, 2015
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River ComplexLast month’s storms in the North Coast resulted in hundreds of lightning strikes igniting forest fires across the region and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Now a combined total of approximately 102,755 acres are burning on the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Thousands of fire fighters are on the ground, some in an effort to protect life and property and others are in the wilderness and backcountry. Fire suppression and the military style of firefighting can be more environmentally destructive than wildfire itself.


Action Alert to Protect the Wild & Scenic Smith River from Strip Mining

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Smith River by Amber Shelton SMTake Action Now: Mining companies want to develop large-sale industrial nickel strip mines in the headwaters of the Smith, Illinois and Pistol Rivers. Last year, a mining permit was denied by Oregon Department of Water Resources, but a Canadian based nickel mining company has appealed the decision. Unfortunately, the outdated mining law of 1872 prioritizes mining over all other land uses, and it is possible that the mining industry could have their way with these world class rivers if additional measures are not taken to protect them.


Action Alert to Ban Bobcat Trapping in California

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
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bobcat-kitten flikrTake Action Now: Bobcats are still being trapped throughout California, and their pelts are sold in the international fur trade market. Recent spikes in demand from countries like Russia and China have increased prices for bobcat pelts, resulting in a boom in bobcat trapping throughout the State of California. The California Fish and Game Commission will be considering a statewide ban on bobcat trapping at their next hearing, and we need to send commissioners a message that we support the ban.


Fish Kill Likely on the Klamath: A Guide to Reporting Fish Health

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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KFHAT Readiness IndicatorData released by the California/Nevada Fish Health Center showed that as of April 30th of this year, 100% of out-migrating juvenile salmon trapped in the main stem of the Klamath River were infected with Ceratomyxa shasta, a lethal parasite that infects salmon intestinal tracts. Based on this data, the Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team has raised current fish health readiness levels to Orange for the mainstem of the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam to Weitchpec, which means that a kill is likely to occur and management levels in agencies need to be alerted.


Children Are Our Future

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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photo 1 Someday our children will inherit this planet, so it is imperative that we teach them well and leave them with a healthy environment that they can thrive in. Last week, EPIC joined forces with the California Conservation Corps and the Watershed Stewardship Project and presented at Creek Days in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the week before, my colleagues Rob and Gisele presented at the Hoopa Fish Fair. These events are incredibly rewarding, and we all agreed, that we were constantly amazed by the wisdom the children shared.


EPIC in Review

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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NSO-self-defenseOur staff is always busy working to save wildlife and wild places. The short list below illustrates some of the issues we have recently worked on. Several of the items are original works, and many of them are letters we have signed to support larger coalitions. Over the past month or so, we have advocated for the protection of Northern spotted owls, sage grouse, bobcats, pygmy forests, national parks, public lands and waters, community forests and open space, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Environmental Protection Agency among other things.


Thousands Speak Out Against Post-Fire Logging In Klamath Region

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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IMG_4080Westside Timber Sale Threatens Salmon and Wildlife – Over 12,000 concerned residents have submitted comments in opposition to a logging plan in Northern California that proposes to decimate protected old-growth reserves and recovering salmon-bearing watersheds. The Klamath National Forest is proposing a massive plan to clearcut fragile post-fire forests. The Westside Project would authorize the logging of over 30,000 acres of forest that are currently protected by the Forest Plan.


Earth Day Cleanup and Hoedown – April 25

Monday, April 13th, 2015
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River CleanupCome celebrate your love for the planet by giving back! River cleanups are fun and satisfying, and we need your help to make these special places more beautiful. The third annual Earth Day cleanup and Hoedown will take place on Saturday, April 25. EPIC Volunteers are needed to help clean up the lower Mad River! The cleanup will take place in the morning, and the Hoedown will be in the afternoon from 2-6pm. Admission to the Hoedown will be free to cleanup volunteers.