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Tribe and Conservationists File Suit to Protect Wild Salmon, Rural River Communities

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Westside LawsuitThe Karuk Tribe, along with EPIC, KS Wild, Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. The Tribe leads a diverse plaintiff group united by a common interest in restoring healthy relationships between people, fire, forests and fish.

Lawsuit Challenges Failure to Protect Coastal Marten

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

marten_usfwsGroups Sue to Save Rare, Mink-like Carnivore in California, Oregon – Two conservation groups today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the coastal marten under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center first petitioned for protection for the coastal marten, sometimes known as the Humboldt marten, in 2010. Represented by Earthjustice, the groups are now challenging the Service’s April 2015 decision not to award federal protection to the marten.

Last Chance Grade: Looking at Alternatives

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Last Chance Grade“Last Chance Grade” is a stretch of Highway 101 that sits precariously high above the Pacific Ocean and experiences frequent landslides due to the geological instability of the area. Caltrans is considering possible alternatives and reroutes that would take the road along an inland path to the east through coastal scrub, riparian and young, mature and old-growth forests within the Del Norte Coast State and National Park boundaries.

Guide to Groundtruthing the Westside Timber Sale

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Grieder Creek watershed is targeted in the Westside Project- Unit 535. Photo courtesy of Felice PaceWe need your help. We encourage you to see for yourself what the Klamath National Forest is proposing in one of the most biologically significant and diverse temperate forests in the world. By documenting the precious areas at risk or by investigating whether the Forest Service is keeping its word, a forest-defense technique called “groundtruthing,” you can save forests from being clearcut.

Update on Caltrans’ Last Chance Grade Project

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Drilling Last Chance GradeCaltrans recently held a series of public workshops seeking input from the public as the agency considers possible alternatives and reroutes in an attempt to find a long-term solution for the Last Chance Grade — a stretch of U.S. Highway 101 about ten miles south of Crescent City, which sits precariously high above the Pacific Ocean and experiences frequent landslides due to the geological instability of the area.

EPIC in Review

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

 salmon-river-spring-M-Aaron Cowan EPIC has been busy upholding environmental laws both at home, and across the nation. Over the past month our staff has advocated for science-based accountability of the California Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program, to protect water quality through proper maintenance of Forest Service roads and protect wilderness from grazing. We signed letters opposing the spread of natural gas pipelines that would fragment forests, the Keystone Pipeline XL and Navy sonar testing.

Giving Local Tuesday Dec. 2

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

GivingLocalTuesdayEPICEPIC and the Northern California Association of Nonprofits have teamed up to bring Giving Local Tuesday to the north coast region. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – the Giving Tuesday campaign aims to harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping. The organizations are seeking to inspire a spirit of generosity, personal philanthropy and greater levels of giving to local organizations during the holiday season.

House of Floyd, Gourmet Feast and Extravagant Silent Auction

Friday, October 24th, 2014

House-of-FloydJoin us for EPIC’s 37th Anniversary Fall Celebration on Friday, November 7th at the Mateel Community Center! Share a gourmet four course family style meal with the forest protection community and enjoy a cosmic music and light show by House of Floyd. This event is a fund raiser for EPIC’s ongoing work to protect wild places and the forests that characterize the one of a kind redwood region that we all know and love.

Tolowa Dunes State Park Fence Mapping, Removal and Restoration Project Report

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Photo 6.Tolowa Dunes State park, in Del Norte County, is an ancient dune system composed of open and vegetated dunes on its western edge with the wave slope that provides important habitat for migratory wildlife. EPIC and other conservation groups saw a need to remove old livestock fencing from the park for wildlife, cultural, and wilderness aesthetic improvements. This report documents the current ecological restoration and livestock fence removal efforts.

Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

PhotoByRyanAnkenyTake Action: On Tuesday, July 22nd, at 1PM, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will discuss the future of Wildlife Services funding. According to the Washington Post, Wildlife Services, a federal agency, killed more than 4 million animals last year alone, including 75,326 coyotes, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,700 foxes, 973 red-tailed hawks, and 419 black bears. The agency uses snares, traps, poisons, aerial gunning and dogs to kill wild animals, often killing pets and other non-target animals by mistake.

Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte Highway Project on Endangered Salmon

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

SmithIn response to a lawsuit by EPIC and other conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the Wild and Scenic Smith River. A settlement agreement will keep in place a court-ordered halt of construction work until Caltrans completes consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act.

Smith River Threatened by Strip Mining

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Smith-RiverTake Action! The Wild & Scenic North Fork Smith River is being targeted for a large nickel mine that would devastate the area for recreation, pollute public drinking water in California, damage critical habitat for the federally threatened coho salmon and other fisheries, and destroy the purest waters in the West. Red Flat Nickel Corporation, a foreign-owned mining company, has submitted plans to the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest to conduct exploratory drilling in the Baldface Creek/North Fork Smith River watershed.

Off Road Vehicles Proposed by Forest Service in the Smith River National Recreation Area

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Smith River NRAEPIC, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and other conservation allies submitted comments regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management on June 9th, supporting a travel management decision that protects the outstanding natural values found in the Smith River NRA by reducing road maintenance costs, protecting and restoring aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and reducing the spread of Port Orford cedar root disease through road and route decommissioning.

Tour of Mattole Timber Harvest Plans

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Looking at the 200-acre High Conservation Value Forest on the north-slope of Long Ridge, immediately adjacent to the THPs in question. Logging operations by Humboldt Redwood Company along the north fork the Mattole River have been at the center of recent protests and public scrutiny. HRC agreed to a tour inviting EPIC, concerned members of the public and forest activists. A report on the field trip to the harvest areas of concern Long Ridge Cable and Long Reach Timber Harvest Plans.

Federal Court Halts Caltrans Highway-widening Project Along Smith River

Monday, May 5th, 2014

SmithNorthern District Court judge James Donato issued a preliminary injunction late Friday enjoining Caltrans from any further work on a controversial highway-widening project along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon, until a court hearing scheduled for November 19. The judge cited substantial procedural violations of the Endangered Species Act and the potential for irreparable harm to endangered coho salmon and their critical habitat in the Smith River if the project goes forward.

Historic Agreement Reforms Trinity River Fish Hatchery

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Trinity_hatchery Today a federal court approved the settlement agreement in a lawsuit challenging operations at the Trinity River Fish Hatchery. The agreement between EPIC, state agencies and Tribes allows the hatchery to continue to operate, but with needed reforms to restore imperiled wild coho salmon. The suit alleged that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operated the hatchery illegally because it lacked an approved plan from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The suit also alleged that the millions of hatchery fish released into the Trinity harm threatened wild salmon runs.

Earth Day Beach Clean-up and Hoedown

Monday, April 7th, 2014

hoe down poster2014-EN ad3-web-revised-01Saturday April 19th from 9 am till noon, work to clean-up and restore the earth, later from 3-7pm put your hoe down to dance and celebrate! In a cooperative effort with Mad River Alliance, North Coast Environmental Center, Friends of the Dunes, Humboldt Baykeeper, Friends of the Eel River, Trees Foundation, Surfrider Foundation and Dell’ Arte International.

EPIC in review

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copyMuch of EPIC’s work involves staying up-to-date with local, regional and statewide natural resource management decisions and providing public comments to guide decision making in the interest of the best available science and with conservation in mind. Our staff has been busy! Here is a snapshot of the various items we have contributed to the local, state and national environmental movements over the last few weeks.

Injunction Sought to Halt Unnecessary Caltrans Highway-widening Project in Remote Northwest California

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Photo by Scott HardingEPIC along with several other conservation groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court today to halt construction of a Caltrans highway-widening project that would harm threatened coho salmon runs and undermine public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. The project is aimed at widening narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks.

Take Action to Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in California

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

coyote.killing.contestTake Action Now: Please join EPIC, and our allies, in calling on the California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to prohibit predator killing contests statewide and to develop comprehensive regulations and policies to reform and modernize predator management in California. Killing predators – or any wild animal- as part of a ‘contest’ ‘tournament’ or ‘drive’ is ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless.