The Environmental Protection Information Center has no problem keeping busy. This last weekend EPIC staff reached out to thousands of people at the Kate Wolf Festival, gathered hundreds of signatures to Connect Wild Places , and to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan . At this event, we quickly realized that people are deeply concerned with the fate of our environment, and want to know what is going on, and how they can contribute towards safeguarding the ecosystems that we all depend upon. We greatly appreciate these opportunities where we get to know the roots of our community and build the lifelong bonds that fuel our work . For those of you who do not have the opportunity to meet with us in person and get updates on our work, we hope the digest below will keep you informed on some of the most contemporary issues that we are currently addressing.
Federal Forest Carbon Coalition letter to the Obama Administration to mitigate and prepare for climate disruption  – Science-based recommendations in response to the President’s November 1, 2013 Executive Order: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.
Comment letter to Redwood National and State Parks for Bald Hills Road Pavement Project – This letter urges the consideration of an alternatives that would not include paving Bald Hills Road.
Comment letter regarding second growth thinning for Middle Fork Lost Man Creek  – A letter of support for thinning over-dense second-growth forest stands in Redwood National Park.
Letter of opposition for the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2014  – S. 2094 is a bill that would perpetuate a regulatory scheme that continues to place the economic burden associated with invasive species on the nation’s taxpayers rather than shifting it to the industry responsible for bringing those species into the nation’s waters. Click here to view the Fact Sheet relating to S. 2094 .
Letter of support for the Mokelumne River Bill  – SB 1199 would designate the Mokelumne River as a Wild and Scenic River, which would permanently protect 37 miles of river.
Letter opposing the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014  – H.R. 4899 would undermine how the Department of Interior manages federal lands to prioritize oil and gas development over alternative uses of federal lands and waters.
Letter of appreciation to the California Fish and Game Commission  thanking the Commission for taking action to protect the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act.
Letter to Oregon Water Resources Department opposing the Red Flat Nickel Corporation’s mining proposal  – The mining company has requested to use water for mining activities in the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River and Baldface Creek watersheds.
Comment letter regarding AB 2082 – The bill proposes minimum resource conservation standards or minimum stocking standards pertaining to forest practices on private forestlands in California.
Letter regarding Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement that evaluates an amendment to the 2008 Tongass National Forest Plan – This coalition letter encourages a land management plan for Tongass National Forest that ends large-scale old-growth logging.