Posts by Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson

EPIC Is Hiring: Director-Level Legal Staff Position

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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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! You would join a professional team of lawyers, policy experts, and activists to protect forests, wildlife, and clean water. As a Conservation Director, you would maintain an organized and robust conservation program and advocate for improved resource management in the forest ecosystems of Northwest California.


2019 EPIC Fall Celebration Highlights and Thank You’s

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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The EPIC Fall Celebration at the Mateel Community Center was a great success thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who were on the ground making the event a smooth and fun experience, our awesome attendees, and of course, the many wonderful and talented community members and businesses that donated this year. We extend our gratitude and blessings to all mentioned and especially to Dennis Cunningham for making the long trip up to accept the Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award.


EPIC Petitions for Better Beaver Regulations: Proposed Rules Would Clarify Rules for Trapping

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Last week, EPIC filed a rulemaking petition with the California Fish and Game Commission to ensure greater protections for beavers and to clarify existing legal rules concerning their trapping. The proposed regulations would impact the 700+ beavers killed each year because of conflict with the human environment, and would require individuals to exhaust non-lethal methods to deter or diminish conflict before a permit could be issued that would allow their lethal removal. It further codifies federal law prohibiting the removal of beavers if that removal would harm a species protected by the Endangered Species Act.


A Peek Into the Forest Cauldron: Witch’s Butter

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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What could that globular, oozing, alien-like substance be emerging from that dead tree or log you are passing? There’s a good chance that it is one of the spookiest condiments of the forest: witch’s butter, known also as jelly fungi. Is it orange, black, white, yellow? There are a variety of types of jelly fungi which are umbrellaed under the common name of witch’s butter. These fungi have slightly different characteristics, ranging from parasitic to edible, but all share the commonality of revival. They can survive for months without any water, conserving their energy by drying up into a hardened ball, but within two hours of rain, they begin reconstitution and start reproducing spores.


Volunteers Needed: EPIC Fall Celebration

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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Are you looking for a way to plug into the community and give back before the holidays while having fun? Support EPIC by volunteering for our Fall Celebration this November 9th, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. We ask that volunteers give 3-4 hours of their time for a shift. Volunteering comes with free entry, dinner, and ample time to boogie! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rhiannon at rhiannon@wildcalifornia.org or call (707) 822-7711.


EPIC August Events: Covelo Blackberry Fest, Blue Lake Music Fest, and Outdoor Movie (CANCELLED)!

Monday, August 5th, 2019
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August has come into full swing and we will be tabling at some fun upcoming events in the next few weeks with options across the board from Covelo to Blue Lake to Garberville!


Richardson Grove Rendezvous Recap

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
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Special thanks to all who came out to EPIC’s Richardson Grove Potluck Rendezvous this last Sunday to celebrate the recent legal victories for the Grove and to discuss the upcoming battles still ahead of us. We were so happy to see so many old (and new) supporters and allies gather and break bread together at the very spot we have all been working so hard to protect. EPIC’s long-time attorneys, Sharon Duggan and Stu Gross, were in attendance and gave important legal updates to the crowd from the most recent state and federal decisions.


EPIC Pints for Non-Profits at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company

Monday, July 8th, 2019
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Redwood Curtain Brewing Company’s Arcata tasting room will be hosting a Pints for Non-Profits for EPIC on Wednesday, July 17th from 12 pm to 12 am. For every beer purchased at the Arcata location that day during open hours, a part of the proceeds will go towards EPIC’s mission of forest restoration and protection.


EPIC Submits Comments in Opposition to Navy Sonar Testing

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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EPIC submitted a comment letter last week in solidarity with the ten Tribes that comprise the Inter-Tribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council expressing our concerns and opposition to the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS (SEIS) for the Navy Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) activities.The cumulative effects of this project, combined with the impacts of the Navy’s historic and ongoing operations, will significantly harm the environment and endangered species.


Action Alert: Sign the Petition for Clean-Up of the Fort Bragg Headlands Mill Site

Monday, June 10th, 2019
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The well being of the Northern Mendocino Coast is entirely dependent upon a healthy ocean and natural landscape, which requires protection of our coastal resources. The former G-P Mill Site, now owned by Koch Industries, encompasses almost one third of the City of Fort Bragg. Its reuse offers an opportunity to showcase the importance of thoroughly cleaning up our coastal resources that have been polluted by highly toxic materials extremely harmful to the health and well being of humans and wildlife both on land and in the ocean.


Action Alert: Comments Needed on Proposed Wind Project

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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Terra-gen’s proposed location for the Humboldt wind energy project—along Monument and Bear River Ridges between the Eel River and the ocean, and overlapping in part within the Cape Mendocino Grasslands Important Bird Area—brings concern for raptors, bats and other birds.