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EPIC is Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors July 1-31

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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WANTED: Professional, assertive, creative, problem-solvers interested in joining the EPIC Board of Directors. We are looking for people with experience in the following areas: non-profit governance, conservation science, financial management, environmental law, policy development, fundraising, outreach and event planning. Current EPIC Members* may apply to become a Board Member between July 1 and July 31 for the next Board of Director’s year, which begins on January 1.


State Court Victory in Richardson Grove Case!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel ruled in favor of environmental plaintiffs in the latest salvo in the nearly decade-long effort to prevent the widening of Highway 101 through old-growth redwoods at Richardson Grove State Park. As a result of this court decision, Caltrans is not allowed to physically alter the proposed project area and that the agency would need to get court approval before moving forward.


Federal Court Again Halts Destructive Caltrans Project Through Richardson Grove

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Conservation groups and Humboldt County residents have won a federal court victory halting Caltrans’ controversial Richardson Grove highway-widening project. The project would needlessly harm ancient redwood trees in California’s iconic Richardson Grove State Park along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco struck down the Caltrans plan in a 26-page order issued late Friday afternoon.


EPIC Comes to the Defense of Siskiyou Mountains Salamander

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Salamander in California, OregonEPIC and allies filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition for Endangered Species Act protection for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander.This rare terrestrial salamander lives only in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. The best habitat for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander (Plethodon stormi) is stabilized rock talus in old-growth forest, especially areas covered with thick moss. Mature forest canopy helps maintain a cool and stable moist microclimate where they can thrive.


EPIC is Hiring!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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Are you an energetic and outgoing person who loves to work in teams? Do you have a love for nature and want to advocate for its protection? The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is looking to find the newest member of our team! EPIC has worked for the protection and restoration of Northern California’s forests since 1977. You would join a professional team of lawyers, policy experts, and activists to protect forests, wildlife, and clean water.


Lawsuit Targets California Permit for Clearcutting Endangered Marten Habitat

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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Conservationists today sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to challenge its “Safe Harbor Agreement” that would allow Green Diamond Resource Co. to harm state-endangered Humboldt martens by clearcutting the endangered animal’s habitat. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the agreement because it provides no net conservation benefit for martens. Fewer than 200 of the forest-dwelling carnivores survive in California, and clearcut logging is the primary threat to their recovery.


Court: Gray Wolves Can Keep California Endangered Species Protection

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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Judge Finds No Merit in Pacific Legal Foundation, Rancher Challenge. On January 28th a state court judge upheld protection for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. The ruling rejected a challenge from the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association and California Farm Bureau Federation.


BREAKING: Federal Court Halts Illegal Logging in Sensitive Forests

Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Post-Fire Logging in the Siskiyou Crest Mountains would Degrade Water Quality and Irreparably Harm Wildlife Habitat. Late Friday, Judge Troy L. Nunley halted plans for post-fire, clear-cut logging in northern California’s Klamath National Forest. The court held that the Seiad-Horse timber sale project would illegally and irreparably harm aquatic resources with increased sedimentation, violate the Northwest Forest Plan’s restrictions on large snag removal from a late-successional reserve, and violate the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to analyze the effects of the project.


Robbing a Burn Victim: EPIC Challenges Another Forest Service Giveaway

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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On October 16, EPIC filed a lawsuit challenging a large post-fire timber sale on the Siskiyou Crest in Klamath National Forest. This timber sale, called the Seiad-Horse Project after the watersheds it will impact, is one of the most cynical and destructive projects we’ve seen. The sale would clear-cut almost 1,200 acres of forests set aside for owl habitat, and would in the process not only harm wildlife, but would cost taxpayers money while giving a gift to the timber industry.


EPIC Victory for Wildlife in Shasta County

Monday, July 23rd, 2018
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Have you ever heard of Wildlife Services? They are the rogue federal agency that kills “problem” wildlife. Did you know that local governments subsidize them? EPIC and our allies have had enough. In June, our coalition sent a letter to Shasta County warning them that if the county renewed its contract with Wildlife Services, we would sue them for failing to evaluate the impacts through the California Environmental Quality Act. We are proud to report that Shasta County has pull its contract with Wildlife Services. Read our press release here.


Court: Halt on Richardson Grove Highway Project to Stay in Place

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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The Humboldt County Superior Court has ruled that a lawsuit challenging Caltrans’ proposed highway widening through Richardson Grove State Park can continue, meaning the building of the destructive highway is still on hold. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by the Environmental Protection Information Center, Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics and community members, to prevent a project that would needlessly damage or destroy thousand-year-old redwood trees.


Vote for a Greener Future

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Voting season is upon us, and mail-in ballots are already out for the Statewide Direct Primary Election, which is June 5, 2018. EPIC is joining our sister environmental groups to support the passage of Proposition 68: the Parks, Environment, and Water Bond and Proposition 72: the Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessments Amendment.


EPIC Forest Prom Thank you!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
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The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all the attendees, businesses, sponsors, volunteers and artists who helped make our first EPIC Forest Prom a success! It was inspiring to see a room full fresh faces engaged in our cause. We were thrilled to host an event that showcased our old school EPIC charm with the vibrant new generation of environmental activists.


SOS: Save Our Salamanders!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
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EPIC and our sister conservation groups KS Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal petition for Endangered Species Act protection for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander, a rare terrestrial salamander that lives in old-growth forests in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California. “The Siskiyou Mountain salamander is under imminent threat from numerous timber sales,” said Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of EPIC.


Action Alert: Restore Sacred Site and Protect Redwood National Park

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
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Take Action Now: The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is proposing to construct three 199 foot tall radio and microwave towers on several of the highest peaks in and around Redwood National Park. The newly proposed tower locations would replace the Red Mountain communications site, which must be removed because it is located within the Helkau Ceremonial District, a site that is sacred to the Yurok Tribe and other Native Americans.


EPIC’s Staff New Year Resolutions

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Happy New Year! The dawning of a new year offers a chance to start fresh and recommit ourselves. At our last staff meeting, EPIC’s staff went around and gave their resolutions for 2018. What’s your resolution?


Passive Restoration: Protecting Our Forest-Meadow Soil Reservoirs

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
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It is late November in the Klamath Mountains Bioregion and snow has begun to accumulate in the high country. For the next six months snow will rule the high mountains and few humans will venture there. While martens hunt in the subnivian space and the snow grows deeper, water seeps into cracks and fissures in rocks, into the many downed logs which litter unlogged forests and into sponge-like forest and meadow soil, filling the millions of tiny spaces found there with water.


Breaking: EPIC Sues to Stop Richardson Grove Project Again

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Environmental groups and local residents today sued the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for approving a highway-widening project that would damage or destroy 1,000- to 2,000-year-old redwood trees in California’s iconic Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Today’s lawsuit, filed in Humboldt County Superior Court, challenges the transportation agency’s latest approval of the controversial project. Three previous legal challenges blocked construction and forced Caltrans to rescind all project approvals in 2014. Caltrans quietly reapproved the project last month, purportedly to improve highway access for oversized commercial trucks.


Action Alert: Support Tribal Forest Plan Over Timber Giveaways

Monday, May 8th, 2017
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Take Action Now: The Klamath National Forest is back with another large post-fire logging project: the Horse Creek Project. According to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released by the Forest Service, the Horse Creek Project would log 2,257 acres of fragile post-fire forests. This logging would affect northern spotted owl critical habitat, salmon spawning areas, and wildlife connectivity by degrading the natural landscape. EPIC and our allies stand ready to fight the timber giveaway.


Court Overturns Government Refusal to Protect Rare Humboldt Marten

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
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In response to a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Protection Information Center and Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge has overturned an April 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denying endangered species protection to the Humboldt marten. Therefore, the Fish and Wildlife Service will likely have to revisit their decision on the fate of our furry friends.