Archive for June, 2018

Breaking: EPIC at Work to Protect Oregon’s Humboldt Martens

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Humboldt Marten caught on trail camera. Photo by Mark Linnell U.S. Forest Service.

EPIC, together with our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity, Cascadia Wildlands, Defenders of Wildlife, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and Oregon Wild, have filed a petition with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the Humboldt marten under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. This is fresh off the heels of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommending that the species be listed as “endangered” under California’s Endangered Species Act.

Oregon’s populations are incredibly small. Only two populations of fewer than 200 total animals currently survive in the state, on the central and southern coast. A recently published scientific study concluded that Humboldt martens are so rare on the central Oregon coast that trapping or road kill of just two or three annually could result in wiping out the population.

Currently, Humboldt martens survive only on federal lands in Oregon, with one population in the Siskiyou National Forest and one population in the Siuslaw National Forest. The lack of mature forest habitat on state and private forests between the populations has isolated martens and put them at high risk. Humboldt martens in California have also declined to only two small populations, making the total global population less than 400 martens.

EPIC is pressing California and Oregon to protect greater protections for the marten because the federal government has abdicated its responsibility. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied EPIC’s petition to list the marten under the federal Endangered Species Act, despite the marten’s drastically low numbers and increasing threats. EPIC sued—and won—forcing the agency to resubmit a rulemaking petition due this fall.

In addition to today’s listing petition, EPIC and allies also have a rulemaking petition pending in Oregon to prohibit the trapping of martens west of Interstate 5 in the state. (Trapping of martens is already prohibited in California.)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife must acknowledge receipt of the petition within 10 working days and within 90 days the Department must indicate whether the petition presents substantial scientific information to warrant the listing.

The martens were once common in the coastal mountains from the Columbia River south to Sonoma, California, but logging of old-growth forest and fur trapping decimated and separated populations. The animal was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the redwoods in 1996.

Martens, typically 2 feet long, have large, triangular ears and a long tail. They hunt small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, and are eaten by larger mammals and raptors.

Click here to read the Humboldt Marten Oregon Listing Petition.



Breaking News! State Recommends Marten Listing as Endangered

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Big news this morning: the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended listing the Humboldt marten as “endangered” under the California Endangered Species Act. This is HUGE news for the marten, which is struggling to survive because of low population numbers and increasing threats from logging and climate change. Additional protections may be the key to prevent this charming critter from having to write its last will and testament.

A small carnivore related to minks and otters, the coastal marten is found only in old-growth forest and dense coastal shrub in Northern California and southern and central coastal Oregon. The cat-like animals were once common, but because of trapping and habitat loss, the species was thought to have gone extinct. Rediscovered in 1996, there are thought to be around 100 martens left in California and an equally small number are left in Oregon. And things aren’t looking good for the marten. Since they were rediscovered, we have seen an alarming dip in population. Between 2001 and 2012, the remaining population of Humboldt martens has declined by 42%.

More protections for the marten aren’t a done deal. The California Fish and Game Commission, an appointed board independent of the Department, will have the final say on whether the species will be protected at its August 23rd meeting at the River Lodge Conference Center in Fortuna. We know that the timber industry will be lobbying hard to prevent the listing. Save the date! We need committed activists like you there to be marten champions.

Because the Humboldt marten primarily lives in old growth forests, it is an umbrella species; therefore protecting the marten also protects old growth forests. If you support protecting the marten, please consider making a donation to EPIC.  EPIC has pushed for the listing of the marten under the federal Endangered Species Act and the California Endangered Species Act. We have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—and won!—for their failure to protect the marten. And EPIC is gearing up for potential legal battles ahead to ensure that the marten will not only survive but thrive.

Need more cute in your life? Check out this fun video from California State Parks on their research on the marten

Click here to read the listing petition.

Annual Report 2017

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

The Environmental Protection Information Center had some extraordinary accomplishments in 2017. Highlights include: defending wolf, marten, Pacific fisher and owl protections; thwarting a destructive railroad proposal; saving big trees and creeks from logging; litigating to protect Richardson Grove, and wild places in the Klamath region; petitioning to end the sale of invasive ivy, and the list goes on. But the most inspiring aspect of our work in the last year was connecting with our community in wild places to provide outdoor skill trainings for the next generation of community members to monitor projects in the field, lead outdoor hikes, and connect diverse communities with nature. Below is a glimpse into some of the quantifiable tasks that EPIC tackled in 2017.

Click here to check out the full 2017 Annual Report.

We have our work cut out for us, and with your support, we will have the means to continue marching forward with a plan for a sustainable future. As Margarate Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

We heard your feedback! Many of our members and supporters have asked us to reduce snail mail correspondence, so in an effort to eliminate paper waste, we are publishing the 2017 Annual Report online. A limited number of hard copies will be sent to our old school supporters who don’t typically respond to emails, and a small number of Annual Reports will be available for pickup at our office or by mail upon request.

If you have any resources to spare, we would be honored to accept your contribution in the following ways:

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Of course, if you are considering providing financial assistance, you probably want to know where your money is being spent. Below is the snapshot of our financial report for 2017.

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