Posts by Tom Wheeler

A Long Strange Trip: 10 Years of Richardson Grove Defense

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Last Saturday, EPIC celebrated a strange anniversary: marking 10 years since the first public meeting regarding Caltran’s Richardson Grove project. That equals: 10 years of silence from chainsaws echoing throughout the grove; 10 years without old-growth redwood roots being cut; 10 years without construction and concrete covering the sacred grounds of Richardson Grove State Park. At this moment, 10 years later, we couldn’t be prouder of the inaction we’ve caused.


Sharon Duggan – Kin to the Earth

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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California’s forest practice rules—often described as the most protective in the nation—largely stem from one woman: Sharon Duggan. Sharon is a one-woman force-of-nature, a potent combination of caring and cunning. For 35 years, Sharon has provided legal muscle to help individuals and grassroots organizations challenge the status quo and preserve our North Coast. She is a kin to the earth.


Support New Draft Wilderness Legislation!

Monday, August 7th, 2017
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Take Action! Congressman Huffman has released a draft bill that would help protect 326,000 acres of federal public lands as “wilderness” by expanding nine existing wilderness areas and establishing ten new ones and would designate 485 miles of streams and rivers as “wild and scenic rivers.” View a map with the new proposed wilderness areas below.


Meet Humboldt’s Flying Squirrel, a New Species in our Forests

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Scientists recently announced a “new” mammal species that calls our redwood forests home: Humboldt’s flying squirrel (Glaucomys oregonensis). The squirrel, named after the famed naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, is now the 3rd species of North American flying squirrel and the 45th in the world.


1% for the Planet

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
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You are already an eco-conscious business, why not claim credit for it? EPIC is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, which is a program that connects businesses, consumers, and non-profits, empowering all of us to drive big positive change. More than 1,200 member companies give 1% of their profits to more than 3,300 nonprofits. Beyond doing good, your generosity can be good business. Your customers will feel good that their local business supports their local environmental group.


EPIC Midyear Review

Monday, July 10th, 2017
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How is it already July? 2017 is flying by fast. Below is a brief recap of some of EPIC’s major accomplishments of 2017. EPIC began 2017 with some new staff and a change in jobs. Tom Wheeler, EPIC’s Staff Attorney, took over as Executive Director from Natalynne Delapp. Briana Villalobos, EPIC’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year, joined the EPIC team as our new Communications and Outreach Director.


Wanted: Professional, assertive, creative, problem-solvers interested in joining the EPIC BOD

Monday, July 10th, 2017
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We are looking for people with experience in the following areas: non-profit governance, conservation science, financial management, environmental law, policy development, fundraising, and event planning. Current EPIC Members* may apply to become a Board Member between July 1 and July 31 for the next Board of Director’s year, which begins on January 1.


Action Alert: Defend Public Lands; Defeat Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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TAKE ACTION! On the 4th of July, you can help save our forests by halting bad legislation. A new bad forest bill, the ironically named “Resilient Federal Forests Act” (HR 2936), is quickly heading to a vote. The bill recently escaped the House Natural Resources Committee through a party line vote. Now, Trump’s lawless logging bill will soon come up for a vote before the House.


3 Reasons to Buck the Horse Creek Project

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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The Klamath National Forest is back with another timber giveaway. Over 2,000 acres of our federal public lands are set to be logged in the Horse Creek watershed at the public’s expense. Here are three reasons why the proposed project is bad for the environment and for taxpayers.


Last Chance Grade: Update

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Last Chance Grade, a narrow sliver of Highway 101 near Crescent City, is falling into the ocean. This wet winter has taken a toll, with half the roadway falling down the hillside. The question is not if the road will fail, but when and how badly.

Caltrans and EPIC don’t often see eye to eye. But we agree that something needs to be done about Last Chance Grade, and fast.


Action Alert: Advocate for Smart Post-Fire Management

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Take Action: What kind of forest management should the Forest Service do after a fire? That was the question facing the Shasta-Trinity National Forest after the fires of summer 2015. Does it go for a timber grab disguised as “restoration,” like the Klamath National Forest in the Westside Project, or does it try to work with the community to meet multiple needs?


Westside Update: EPIC Back in Court to Fight for Project Remediation

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
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EPIC is back in court to ensure that promised logging remediation will occur. EPIC is seeking to amend our original lawsuit to target some of the unfulfilled promises made by the Forest Service. The amended complaint is here and our motion to amend is here. Broadly speaking, the Westside Timber Sale consisted of two components: a timber sale and project features to “recover” the forest post-fire and post-logging. The first part, the logging, has occurred. But the second, the recovery actions, may never occur because of the Forest Service’s failures.


EPIC to Legislature: Pass SB 49 & SB 50

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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EPIC—together with our friends, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Baykeeper, Friends of Del Norte, and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment—support Senate Bills 49 and 50. Both bills will help to keep California green and gold by increasing state environmental law protections if federal protections are rolled back and fights back against the giveaway of public land.


Host an EPIC House Party!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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You provide the people, food, and drinks, and we’ll provide the conversation! We are passionate about our work defending the forests and wildlife of California’s northwest corner. Let us tell you about what we do and how you can engage in conservation work.
Here’s how it works: You invite your friends, supply some hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and we will present on a topic of your choosing. All of this for free!


Timber Program Under Fire from Environmental Watchdogs

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
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DSC00641Continuing decades of vigilance to protect California’s forests, the Environmental Protection Information Center and Sierra Club submitted arguments to the California First District Court of Appeals in support of efforts to set aside a logging plan near the town of Albion in Mendocino County. EPIC and Sierra Club present arguments to show that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is failing to protect our forests against the impacts of climate change, and is not vigilant in its duty to limit carbon dioxide emissions while ensuring that our forests sequester carbon.


Keep California Great!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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IMG_43732California did not exist at the founding of our country, but we are the future of America. Look: we are going to experience losses at the federal level. Since our federal environmental laws were passed, they have been chipped away at; now, they be wiped off the books entirely. We can no longer rely on federal environmental law to protect the clean air and water, biodiversity, and ecosystem health that we need and cherish.


Horse Creek Project: Losing Taxpayer Money to Harm Spotted Owls

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
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low-severity-fire-in-buckhorn-creek-luke-ruediger SiskiyouCrest.BlogSpot.comTake Action Now: Following the 2016 Gap Fire, the Klamath National Forest is trying to log areas that should be off-limits: Late Successional Reserves, forests set aside from commercial timber harvest so that they can develop into old-growth forests; Riparian Reserves, areas around streams that are supposed to be off-limits to logging to prevent water pollution; and northern spotted owl habitat. The Klamath National Forest argues that logging large diameter snags, (which stand for decades until new forests grow up around them while providing critical wildlife habitat) is good for the forests and for wildlife—paradoxical logic that has been rejected by both science and the courts.


Trump Administration Troubling for Public Lands

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
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trump-digs-coal-the-guardianOur nation’s public lands are more than just pretty places. Our public lands provide clean drinking water, are “home” to wildlife, clean our air and sequester carbon dioxide, and are the backyard in which we play. They are the crown jewel of America and our greatest legacy we pass down through generations. The Trump Administration is a threat to our public lands.


Westside Update: EPIC Before Ninth Circuit to Defend Owl, Coho Habitat

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
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westside-legal-team-sf-11-15-16EPIC was back in court on Tuesday before to stop the Westside Timber Sale, a series of clearcuts totaling around 6,000 acres on steep and unstable slopes above the Klamath River near Happy Camp, CA. EPIC was before the Ninth Circuit challenging the denial of a temporary restraining order sought last spring. Logging has continued all summer, resulting in the destruction of northern spotted owl habitat. There is no timetable for a decision.


Zombies Haunt the Redwood Forests

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
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Albino Redwood. Photo by Amber SheltonZombies haunt the redwood forests. These zombies are trees, albino redwoods to be exact—so named because instead of normal green needles, the albino redwood is a shocking white! Lacking chlorophyll, the green compound in leaves that plants use to turn sunlight into carbohydrates, these mutant redwoods should be dead as they cannot produce any food. But they are not. The ashen trees survive by feasting on their brethren…