National Forest Advocacy

bluepaintwebEncompassing more than 5 million acres, the Shasta-Trinity, Klamath, Six Rivers, and Mendocino National Forests contain some of the largest roadless and wild areas remaining in the West. The rivers in these areas were renowned for their historically large salmon runs and many are designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act due to their outstanding natural values and recreational opportunities.

The U.S. Forest Service has numerous logging plans slated for Northern California’s ancient forests, and rampant cattle grazing is causing serious harm to the region’s ecosystem. These and other damaging activities are posing serious threats to our national forests, along with the spotted owls, coho salmon, and steelhead trout.

EPIC monitors all activities proposed within the four national forests in our region, submitting detailed comments, preparing solid appeals, and seeking judicial review on the most harmful proposals. In one instance, EPIC’s National Forest Conservation Program led a coalition of organizations to halt a massive, 1,000-acre logging sale adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness through successful litigation.