Posts by Kimberly Baker

Take Action: Klamath River Runs Brown!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Klamath River Near Mouth 7.13.15 by Mark Harris Take Action Now to stop Westside: A few short but intense rain storms hit the 2014 fire areas on the Klamath National Forest causing massive sediment events that turned the mighty Klamath and Salmon River systems muddy and brown. On July 5, 7 and 12 rainstorms brought over an inch of rain in less than an hour causing road damage, intense debris torrents with slurries of mud, rock, water and trees to sliding for miles, filling in pools and creeks that serve as some of the best salmon spawning habitat. These watersheds are located within the same steep and unstable hillsides that are targeted for logging in the Westside project.

State Wildlife Action Plan Update & Alert

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Photo Credit: USFWSTake Action: Advocate for a strong conservation legacy of California’s imperiled wildlife by asking the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to prioritize the protection of species in the North Coast Klamath Province and Pacific Northwest conifer forests. CDFW is updating the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The public review and comment period on the draft is open until July 2, 2015. California is the wildlife state, harboring more species and endemic plants and animals than any other state in the nation and it is the most populous, which makes this plan no small task.

The Westside Story

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Whites Russian Fire Take Action Now: Say no to a logging tragedy! The heart of Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion could lose 30,000 acres of prime snag forest habitat on the steepest of unstable slopes above vital wild salmon rivers. Late Successional Reserves, meadows, seventy-five watersheds and the Caroline Creek eagles, bumblebees, endemic salamanders, Pacific fisher and seventy threatened Northern spotted owls need your help. The Westside situation is perilous, learn the details of the project.

Sign Petition to Stop Westside – One of the Largest Timber Sales in US History!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

westside photoClick here to take action now. The Klamath National Forest is proposing one of the largest timber sales in US history! Over 30,000 acres of post fire habitat are at risk of elimination. These steep and rugged watersheds support the most productive wild salmon and steelhead fisheries outside of Alaska, the largest acreage of unprotected low elevation ancient wild forest remaining on the West Coast, a high concentration of Wild and Scenic rivers and are world renowned for their rich biodiversity with many rare and endemic native species.

Advocate for Real Recovery

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

1Take Action: The Klamath National Forest recently proposed a massive post-fire logging operation throughout some of the most important watersheds on the north coast. The Westside project targets up to 43,338 acres concentrated in Late-Successional Reserves (old forests), Riparian Reserves (streamside forests), in Wild and Scenic River corridors and within Northern spotted owl critical habitat.

Jess Say No—Take Action to Save Forest Canopy and Wildlife Trees

Monday, November 10th, 2014

unnamedTake Action: The Jess timber sale would remove vast amounts of forest canopy, disturb riparian reserves and targets old growth and mature wildlife trees within Critical Habitat for the Northern spotted owl. The project would cut nearly 1,000 acres of north facing slopes within the North Fork Salmon River watershed on the Klamath National Forest, adding to the cumulative effects of 45,000 acres of wildfire, extreme impacts from firefighting and post-fire logging from the 2013 Salmon Complex Fire.

Klamath Chainsaw Masacre

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

IMG_1337The Klamath National Forest has been going batty eliminating wildlife habitat and damaging sensitive post fire soils on one of the most important rivers for salmon fisheries on the north coast. While EPIC was able to get some of the best wildlife habitat protected, acres of post-fire logging continues on the North Fork Salmon River. Wet weather has not stopped the large heavy equipment from operating on these steep slopes, and mitigation measures for protecting wildlife and watershed values have not been completed or implemented, resulting in horrific impacts to water quality and sensitive habitat areas.

50 Years Wild: Connecting Wild Places

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

sawtoothpeakAmerica’s landmark Wilderness Act turns 50 today! As we take time to celebrate what has been accomplished over the years, it is also important to consider what still needs to be done. Through years of environmental advocacy work in the Pacific Northwest and reviewing current science, we have learned that in this rapidly changing climate, the best thing we can do is protect all remaining old growth and mature trees, and establish a well-connected network of wildlife corridors.

Victory: Wildlife Habitat Protected

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

GardenGulchCritical habitat and old-growth reserves saved from post-fire “salvage” on the Wild and Scenic North Fork Salmon River! EPIC and allies, successfully stopped logging in some of the best habitat proposed in the Salmon Salvage timber sale. Our efforts ultimately resulted in the elimination of larger stands of “salvage” and a renewed focus on roadside hazard treatments. This is great news for naturally recovering forests.

Old Growth, Climate Change and Connectivity

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Old Growth.K.Baker Global warming is changing our realities and our ecosystems. The largest oldest trees store the greatest amounts of carbon and play a major role in regulating the Earth’s climate. The movement to protect our vital forests is building rapid momentum. More than 75 scientists recently requested that the President direct his Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to craft a National Old Growth Conservation Policy that fully protects the remaining old-growth forests on all national forests.

Protect the Wild Salmon River – Stop “Salvage” Logging

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Photo#1_KellyGulchTake Action! The Wild and Scenic North Fork Salmon River is threatened with post-fire “salvage” logging. The Salmon/Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest is proposing to streamline logging on over 1,000 acres of steep slopes, including road construction over trails and overgrown roads. Over 60% of the project area is within Critical Habitat for the threatened Northern Spotted Owl. The North Fork Salmon River is designated a Key watershed, meaning it is critical for salmon recovery. The river is also listed under the Clean Water Act as being impaired.

Nesting Eagles Harassed with Helicopter Logging

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

IMG_2140Last week the Klamath National Forest took a calculated risk to knowingly harass a pair of Bald eagles and their babies with helicopter logging just 1,500 feet from their nest. Disruptive activities in or near eagle foraging areas can interfere with feeding, reducing chances of survival. Because of the public outcry and immediate attention from our organization the Happy Camp Ranger District has a wildlife biologist monitoring the nest during logging activity.

Connecting Wild Places

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Journey LOGO selected finalSign the Petition: Urge entrusted state and federal representatives to act now to protect and connect wild places by protecting all remaining old growth; establishing a well-connected network of wildlife corridors; and reforming practices. All life depends on the vitality of our ecosystems. In this rapidly changing climate, a well-connected landscape that includes critical wildlife linkages will provide refuge to people, plants and wildlife into the future.

Take Action For the Love of Wild Nature ♥

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Mtn LionNPSTake Action Now ♥ Save the Siskiyou 1 Roadless Area: 300 acres of native forest in the Siskiyou 1 Roadless Area is threatened with road building and logging. The Crawford Timber Sale on the Klamath National Forest (KNF) is located in one of the largest unroaded low elevation areas remaining on the Forest. This vital wildlife connectivity corridor links the Marble Mountain and Siskiyou Wilderness Areas.

Take Action! Protest Destructive Post-Fire Logging on the Salmon River

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

U312Take Action! The Wild and Scenic North Fork Salmon River is threatened with post-fire “salvage” logging. The Salmon/Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest (NF) is proposing to streamline activities within Inventoried Roadless Areas and riparian reserves, including extensive new road construction over trails and overgrown roads. Over 60% of the 1,872 acre project area is within Critical Habitat for the threatened Northern Spotted Owl.

Aerial Tour of Summer 2013 Fires

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

5-dozerButlerIn September EPIC’s Public Land Advocate, Kimberly Baker, was provided the opportunity to do an aerial tour of this summer’s wildfires. As with most fires in Northern California, a majority of the fire areas burned at low and moderate severity. Over 50 miles of bulldozer lines were constructed and estimated costs for suppression efforts reached up to one million dollars per day. EPIC advocates for appropriate land management in order to restore fire on the landscape and to protect communities rather than continuing the expensive chaotic military style of fire suppression.

Take Action: Bulldozers in the Trinity Alps Wilderness

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

CoralComplex Take Action Now. The Corral Fire was started by lightning on August 10 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness and has reached over 4,000 acres. The fire is currently less than a mile away from the Hoopa Reservation. The Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor in conjunction with the Hoopa Tribe have been granted permission from the Regional Forest Service Office to use bulldozers and heavy equipment within the wilderness to clear ridgetops and trails to create “fuelbreaks” or “firelines” in hopes of stopping the fire before it reaches the reservation.

Wolves Deserve Recovery – Take Part in the National Day of Action

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

wolf_pup_howlingTake Action Now. The future of America’s wolves is at stake right now. Wolf recovery is just beginning in the Pacific Northwest, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to strip Endangered Species Act protections from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states. The country’s most reputable wildlife scientists strongly oppose the delisting and have publicly contested this strictly political move. Days ago those wolf experts on the peer review panel for delisting were eliminated from reviewing the plan.

Save the Gray Wolf – Protect America’s Wild Heritage for Future Generations

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Wolf KissesGray wolves needs your help. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to strip Endangered Species Act protections from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states. Many of the same scientists whose research has been used to justify the delisting have publicly contested this decision.

EPIC Collaborates to Improve Wildfire Management

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Moonlight_Fire2007EPIC monitors activities on more than 5 million acres of federally owned public land in Northwest California. We caught up with Kimberly Baker, EPIC’s Public Land Advocate, and asked her a few questions about how EPIC is taking a proactive stance as a stakeholder with a strong local constituency that is invested in the promotion of long term ecosystem health on our region’s national forests.