Connecting Wild Places

Our natural and political landscapes are rapidly changing. Climate change is affecting ecosystems across the planet, and people, plants and wildlife are beginning to feel the pressures that come from a changing environment. Prolonged droughts, severe storms, growing deserts, deforestation, habitat loss and the resulting increase in stresses on wildlife are projected to become the norm in the future. Read More »
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Protecting Endangered Species of the North Coast

EPIC’s advocacy efforts for restoring wild fish populations includes many years of work defending forests and headwaters that provide clean water and valuable habitat for wild fish. Now, EPIC is undertaking a new initiative to reform fish hatcheries that have operated for too long without proper oversight.
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Reining in Caltrans

EPIC's "Rein in Caltrans" campaign is designed to force Caltrans to abandon some of their most egregious construction projects, and to reform the flawed decision making that allows wasteful and destructive projects to move forward.
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Returning to a Natural Cycle of Wildfire

As a society, we must understand that fire is an essential element in maintaining healthy ecosystems. EPIC is working to form a holistic approach to wildfire management that addresses the needs of the land and the people that call it home.

Industrial Forestry: Reforming Corporate Logging

Industrial timber giants are threatening our forests by using highly intensive forest management practices compromise the productivity and sustainability of our forestlands.  EPIC advocates for responsible forestry by tracking private logging operations to ensure that environmental standards are implemented.

Updates + News

Join Us: Help Save One of California’s Rarest Plants!

April 9, 2019

EPIC is seeking volunteers on April 25th & 26 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm to help the rare Shasta snow-wreath populations from being invaded by Scotch broom and to avoid drift from toxic herbicides. Please bring gloves, water, lunch and wear long sleeves and hat. EPIC will be providing tools but bring loppers if you have them. There are two main locations we will be working; one is roadside and the other is down in the creek. There is a decent amount of poison oak down by the creek. If you are sensitive to poison oak the roadside location has little to none. read more >>


EPIC in Court: Timber Industry Appeals Seiad-Horse Timber Sale to Ninth Circuit

April 9, 2019

EPIC’s successful lawsuit against the Seiad-Horse Timber Sale is headed to the Ninth Circuit. The Seiad-Horse Timber Sale was the Klamath National Forest’s latest attempt to log fragile post-fire forests. To fast track logging, the Klamath National Forest avoided completion of an Environmental Impact Statement, a requirement for projects like this timber sale that present potentially significant environmental impacts. read more >>


CA Bobcats May Gain Additional Protections With New Bill

April 9, 2019

Bobcats have remained an integral part of California’s native ecosystem and their dwindling populations deserve protection. The state legislator has introduced a new bill, AB 1254, which will set a new ban on the trophy killing of bobcats across the state of California. Mountain lions were protected from trophy hunting back in 1971, so we here at EPIC think it's high time that bobcats are protected. Bobcats have a special place in the hearts of those here at EPIC. Back in 2015, EPIC and other environmental groups worked together to gather a huge amount of support for a bill that banned the senseless trapping of bobcats. read more >>


Wolves in Danger- Act now!

April 2, 2019

Take Action! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act across the continental United States. The plan would do away with 40 years of wolf recovery and leave these intelligent animals vulnerable to trophy hunts, trapping, poisoning and persecution. This politically driven agenda is contrary to the clear scientific evidence that wolf populations have not rebounded across their range. read more >>


California's Wolves

April 1, 2019

OR-7, affectionately named “Journey”, was the first confirmed wolf in California since 1924. He traveled over 4,000 miles back and forth from California to Oregon in 2012-13 and has since sired five litters in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest. At least three of OR-7’s pups and two of his siblings have been documented in California. read more >>


EPIC Victory! RCEA Votes to Increase Renewables to 100% by 2025

March 29, 2019

On Thursday, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority unanimously voted to set a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025, directing the staff to begin taking steps to plan for this change. This step means that Humboldt will lead the nation in pushing for clean energy, setting an energy target that is 20 years more ambitious than under California energy law, which requires the entire state to move to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Currently Humboldt County draws approximately 42% of its power from renewable energy. read more >>


Richardson Grove Court Update

March 19, 2019

On Monday, EPIC was back in court for what felt like the millionth time to defend the ancient old growth Redwood trees of Richardson Grove State Park from Caltrans’ proposed highway widening. Sharon Duggan, longtime attorney and friend of EPIC, represented EPIC and allies in court before Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel. As the plaintiff, EPIC was allowed to argue first. In her defense of the grove, Sharon was masterful. read more >>


Help Save One of California’s Rarest Plants

March 19, 2019

Save the date! There are only 20 know populations of Shasta snow-wreath on the planet. Come join EPIC April 25-26 at Packers Bay on the Shasta Reservoir to help protect this beautiful plant from being invaded by Scotch broom. EPIC volunteers will be pulling the invasive non-native Scotch Broom and helping to protect stream sides from being sprayed with toxic glysophate. read more >>


Logging Companies are Cutting Down California’s Forests—So That You Can Throw Them Away!

March 18, 2019

There’s little doubt that California’s forests are under siege; the problem is, we are told that California’s forests are under siege from things like wildfire, “pests,” pathogens and mortality. However, the reality is that the biggest threat to California’s forests has been and continues to be logging, the logging industry, agency enablers of logging, and the lies and misconceptions these folks spin. read more >>


Another Attack on Wolf Recovery

March 14, 2019

Once again the federal government is trying to ease its responsibility to protect America’s wildlife, and once again wolf recovery is targeted. On March 14, the US Fish and Wildlife Service formally announced its plan to delist gray wolves across the country. Ten years ago the Obama Administration tried to remove Gray Wolves from of the Endangered Species Act, and ten years ago enough lawsuits and complaints from wolf advocates, including EPIC, stopped the administration from proceeding. read more >>

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