EPIC Forest Prom 2020

Mark the Date! EPIC's Forest Prom is coming up on Saturday, May 9th. We will have raffle tickets available to win some incredible prizes and you can use each ticket you buy to vote for your choice of Forest Prom Eco-Crown Winner! We are accepting nominations NOW for people who shine as environmental royalty by working hard to protect the special places of this area (please choose people in this county only), and nominees will be voted on by our Board. Read More Here » 

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.
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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

Pacific Northwest In March: Native Blooms

March 17, 2020

Homebound and feeling antsy? As spring approaches, so many incredible native plants are blooming in Humboldt County. Take a walk, get some fresh air, and be prepared to be wowed by some of the new blooms out in the forest. As always, be respectful and careful of wild blooms, many animals and pollinators rely on them for their survival!read more >>

 

Mendocino National Forest Backtracks on Logging Project Amidst Scrutiny

March 17, 2020

In response to criticism by the public, the Mendocino National Forest has drastically scaled back proposed logging in the “Green Flat Restoration Project.” Originally planned for 1,534 acres, the Forest Service has scaled the project back to 250 acres. The agency was criticized for its apparent attempt to characterize logging activities as other more benign actions, such as “reforestation.”  read more >>

 

EPIC Beaver Rules Move Ahead

March 16, 2020

Beavers are nature’s restoration specialists. Beavers benefit salmon and steelhead by building better habitat conditions, including creation ponds used by salmon and by increasing stream flow in summer months. Beavers’ roles are so important that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) included beaver population restoration as a goal of the recovery plan for the Southern Oregon/Northern California coastal coho salmon.read more >>

 

Get Funky For The Forest At EPIC's Forest Prom On May 9th!

March 4, 2020

EPIC's "Forest" Prom will be held on Saturday, May 9th at the Veterans Hall in Arcata. This redwood carpet affair will provide an experience you do not want to miss! Whether you never went to your High School Prom, desperately want a "do over", or just want to have a good time, this event promises to create lasting memories all in support of EPIC's efforts to protect and restore the forests of Northcoast California.read more >>

 

Humboldt County to Consider Climate Bond To Fund Renewable Energy

March 4, 2020

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board directed staff to begin work towards a municipal bond to fund renewable energy and other efforts to combat climate change. A municipal bond would need to be approved by voters on the November 2020 ballot. The Board’s actions are in response to a public call for public financing of renewable energy development after the Humboldt Wind Project was denied by the Board in December.read more >>

 

Action Alert: Say No To Mendocino Logging of Fragile Post-Fire Forests!

February 18, 2020

The Mendocino National Forest is attempting to hide a 1,300 acre clearcut as a “restoration” project. By its logic, there is a need to cut all trees in order to plant others. The agency is arguing that it is exempt from environmental laws that require a detailed consideration of the likely environmental impacts of the project. All of this is on the heels of a massive post-fire roadside-logging project done without adequate environmental review. EPIC’s staff has rarely seen this level of disregard for science, ecology, wildlife, water quality, or public participation. We need your help to shine a spotlight on this Orwellian abuse of our laws. Click here to take action now!read more >>

 

EPIC Seeks Conservation Coordinator To Join Our Team!

February 18, 2020

Do you have a love for nature and want to advocate for its protection? EPIC is looking for a Conservation Coordinator to maintain an organized and robust conservation program and advocate for improved resource management in the forest ecosystems of Northwest California. At EPIC, you would coordinate and manage campaigns and initiatives, review and comment on upcoming project proposals, and represent EPIC before members and the public.read more >>

 

Letter To Planning Commissioner John Ford: Reaching A CAP Emissions Target

February 18, 2020

This letter was submitted by email to Planning Commissioner John Ford on the forthcoming multijurisdictional Climate Action Plan in response to the recent Eureka presentation regarding the matter. read more >>

 

A Humboldt Solution To The Terra-Gen Aftermath

February 18, 2020

Terra-Gen's Humboldt Wind Project was flawed but it would have offered this: a large and sudden pulse of low-carbon energy, enough to fill approximately 56 percent of Humboldt's total electricity needs. With its demise, our odds at reaching our global climate goals become more distant while our challenge to achieve 100 percent clean, renewable energy from local sources is markedly more difficult. Its rejection now raises a new and more pressing moral imperative that we act, and quickly. If not this project, how will we meet our clean energy needs? We face a climate crisis that demands bold action now. We can't wait.read more >>

 

Spotted Owl In Jeopardy: More Protections Needed

January 31, 2020

The longtime icon of the forest defense movement, the northern spotted owl, is quickly headed towards extinction. The cause? A fatal combination of historic and current habitat loss and out-competition by the invasive barred owl, together with other, smaller stressors, like rodenticide exposure.read more >>

 
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