Posts by Andrew Orahoske

EPIC Asks SPI to Stop Logging Owl Habitat

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Today the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) delivered a formal notice of intent to sue letter to the billionaire Archie Aldis “Red” Emmerson and his company, Sierra Pacific Industries, Inc., for harming Northern Spotted Owls in violation of the Endangered Species Act. By clearcut logging within known spotted owl territories, the company is engaged in openly hostile actions against individual spotted owls and their young, seemingly designed to eliminate the owl from its lands.

EPIC Joins in Renewed Push for Protecting Klamath Chinook

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

EPIC, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to decide, as legally required, whether upper Klamath River chinook salmon deserve protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. In response to a January 28, 2011 petition from the groups, the Fisheries Service determined in April 2011 that the salmon may warrant protection and began a status review that was supposed to be completed within one year of the petition.

UPDATED! Stop SB 455 – Save Our Forests

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Your help is needed NOW to stop a dangerous new bill in the California Senate: SB 455 (Pavley). This bill would dramatically expand the specific 3-year timber harvest plan required under current law, giving logging companies the option of preparing a very general 20-year plan covering up to 100,000 acres. Astonishingly, the bill proposes no increased protections over existing law, no restrictions on clearcutting, and fails to meaningfully address cumulative impacts to watersheds and endangered species.

ESA Protection Closer for Humboldt Marten

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Humboldt marten, a rare forest carnivore found only in coastal old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon, will be reviewed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Environmental Protection Information Center and Center for Biological Diversity petitioned for protection for the marten in 2010.

Wolf enters California: Wild California Just Got a Little More Wild

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

For the first time since 1924, a wild wolf is roaming the State of California. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, on December 29, 2011, a wolf crossed into a remote area of Siskiyou County north of Mt. Shasta. At EPIC, we intend to advocate for wolves as strongly as we advocate for all native biological diversity in northern California. That means continuing our important work in defending our forests and wild areas from exploitation and destruction.

Looking Ahead into 2012

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The year 2011 has seen many changes at EPIC and I am grateful to be part of a talented organization supported by a dedicated community. As Conservation Director, I have the opportunity to advance our mission through four main program areas: Public Lands Defense, Clean Water, Endangered Species and Biodiversity Protection, and Industrial Forestry Reform.

Action Alert: Remove Dams on the Klamath River Now!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Dams on the Klamath River must come down to restore Coho and Chinook salmon runs to their historic spawning grounds. Right now, the federal government is considering a proposal to remove the dams beginning in 2020. It is critical that government officials hear from you now to advance the restoration of the Klamath River. Please take a moment to submit your comments before the deadline of December 30, 2011.

EPIC Ends Illegal Grazing in Tolowa Dunes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

EPIC is celebrating a victory at Tolowa Dunes State Park, in Del Norte County on the banks of the pristine Smith River. Beginning this month, the California Department of Parks and Recreation will no longer allow private cattle grazing on state park land. In May 2011, EPIC notified the Parks Department that their permits authorizing a private dairy farm to graze cattle on 230 acres of public land along the Yontocket and Tolowa Sloughs were illegal, and that the grazing was adversely impacting those acres and surrounding habitat.

Speak Up for the Snowy Plover

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to increase the land designated as critical habitat for the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover, a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The snowy plover loves wild, undeveloped beaches, estuaries and river bars in our region. Like many of us, the plover frequents the same coastal locations that we enjoy too, but is easily stressed by too much disturbance. TAKE ACTION!