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Exploring Scattered Public Lands

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
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The United States began with a great wealth of fertile farmable land, timberland, and minerals. The young nation devised a number of programs, including the Homestead Act, to settle and develop this huge potential. Over time, most useable land was claimed, and the Bureau of Land Management was formed in 1946 to oversee the remaining land. Susan Nolan, longtime EPIC Supporter and 2010 EPIC Volunteer of the Year has visited some of the scattered tracts of land that the BLM manages throughout the region.


Volunteers Needed to Document Cattle Grazing Degradation within our National Forests

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
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This summer and fall the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California will again be in the field, monitoring conditions on public lands where cattle and other livestock are permitted to graze. Our task will be to document, with photos, measurements and field notes, how the cattle are managed and the resulting degradation of water quality, riparian and wetland habitats. Along with EPIC, other Project sponsors, organizations and allies, we will then use the documentation to advocate for changes in the way livestock are managed on public land.


Action Alert: Say No to Climate Denier and Yes to Science

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copy Take Action to stop climate change denier from taking cabinet position. On January 19th, Donald Trump selected conservative Republican and climate change denier, Sonny Perdue, to be his Secretary of Agriculture. In 2014, Perdue wrote an opinion article describing climate change as “…a running joke among the public, and liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.”


Help Protect Pristine Smith River Waters

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
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SmithR by Casey RobertsTake Action Now: Take a moment to help safeguard the Wild and Scenic Smith River. Public comments are being accepted by the Oregon Water Resources Department to protect the Smith River watershed in Curry County, Oregon for instream purposes. The classification would provide protection for fish, wildlife and recreation.


New: Videos showing local National Forest Grazing damage available online!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
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trashedsprg_av-up-e-boulderlk-1This fall for the seventh straight year volunteers with the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing are on the ground in Northern California’s national forests documenting the manner in which public land grazing is being managed or, as is usually the case, mis-managed. What is different this year is that we have video documentation available online.


Documenting Bovine Degradation in Wilderness: A Call for Volunteers From the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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Project Volunteer Luke Ruediger surveys bank trampling and riparian shade reduction on the Silver Fork of Elliot Creek within the Siskiyou Ridge portion of Rogue-Siskiyou National ForestThis summer and fall volunteers with the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California will again be in the field monitoring conditions on public lands where cattle and other livestock are permitted to graze. Our task will be to document with photos, measurements and field notes how the cattle are managed and the resulting degradation of water quality, riparian and wetland habitats.


Forest Rules a Self-defeating Glut

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copyTimber industry officials and environmental activists warn that the state’s logging safeguards have become a bureaucratic snarl that can drag out rule-making for a decade and a half and more. Experts say that 43 years after the enactment of the Forest Practice Act, timescales are so out of joint that the pace of environmental damage far outruns preventive action on the ground. Critics say the regulatory framework has recoiled on itself, leaving the system effectively broken.


Westside Truth on the Ground

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
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DSC00088Until a few weeks ago I was unfamiliar with the term ‘groundtruthing.’ I knew I wanted to help in some way with the opposition of the Westside logging project and decided to use the skills I already have. Backpacking has been one of my favorite outdoor activities for years, so groundtruthing, which combines exploring the backcountry, naturalism, photography and activism quickly became my new favorite activity.


California’s Humboldt Martens Gain Candidate List Protection Under CA Endangered Species Act

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Marten Press Release 2-11-16In response to a petition from EPIC, the California Fish and Game Commission today voted to make coastal martens a “candidate” species under the California Endangered Species Act. As candidates, coastal martens cannot be killed or harmed and will receive a year-long formal “status review” that will most likely lead to them being formally listed under the Act a year from now. Also known as the Humboldt marten, the coastal marten is a cat-sized carnivore found in the old-growth forests of Northern California and southern Oregon. The marten’s forest habitat has been decimated by logging, likely leaving fewer than 100 coastal martens left in California.


EPIC Supports the Pomo People Near Willits in a Struggle with Caltrans

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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fredshortculturalgenocideThe Willits Bypass is a grossly overbuilt project consisting of a 6-mile stretch of new freeway that bypasses a town of 5,000 people with a price tag of over $300 million for the first 2-lane phase of construction. Many First Nation’s cultural sites have been destroyed; most significantly an entire ancestral village skewered by wick drains and buried under 30 feet of fill. Details of the misdeeds of Caltrans are painfully described in letters from local Tribes.


Richardson Grove Benefit Sept 4 at Beginnings

Saturday, August 6th, 2011
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On Labor Day weekend we’ll celebrate our treasured Richardson Grove and the well-earned Preliminary Injunction to stop the road-widening project. Help raise funds for the Dec 1 hearing when Richardson Grove goes to court! EPIC’s lawsuit will drive home the solid science of the McBride findings. We can win! And it takes big bucks to go to court. Music includes the Marjo Wilson Band, Joanne Rand, Jefferson Parson, and more!