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EPIC's Programs & Campaigns

EPIC has numerous ongoing programs and campaigns to fulfill our mission of advocating for the science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California's forests, watersheds, and wildlife. Click on the campaigns and programs listed here to learn more about EPIC's work on each topic. If you're passionate about an issue we are working on, please consider making a donation or otherwise getting involved to help support our work.

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Connecting Wild Places

Habitat connectivity is an important part of endangered species conservation and restoration for facilitating natural movement, as well as increasingly necessary and evident climate migrations. Northwest California's flora and fauna need intact ecosystems and landscapes unencumbered by forest clearcuts, sprawling developments, or snaking roads, highways and utility right-of-ways. EPIC works toward fostering a landscape where all living beings, human and non-human, can live together more symbiotically by advocating for ecological forestry, local renewable energy and transportation, and responsible development.

Restoring Natural Cycles of Fire

Fire is a natural and crucial part of California's ecosystems, and enduring fire suppression and forest mismanagement, in addition to climate change, are main drivers for the unprecedentedly severe wildfires the state has seen in recent years. EPIC is working to help incorporate the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Northwest California's Indigenous peoples to restore good fire management in California. Prescribed and cultural burning, selective thinning, and related measures are tools that can help reshape statewide approaches to wildfire and restore our region to healthy and sustainable cycles of fire.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) are two of the most democratic laws in the United States and a major reason that EPIC can do any of our important work watchdogging public agencies and commenting on proposed projects. The laws require government agencies (federal and state, respectively) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of multiple alternatives for proposed projects, make project planning documents publicly available, and accept and consider substantial public comments before any project is approved or breaks ground.

Save Richardson Grove

EPIC's Save Richardson Grove campaign is designed to force Caltrans to abandon one of their more egregious highway widening projects and to publicize and reform flawed decision-making and environmental review processes that allow this destructive project to move forward.

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