Connecting Wild Places

Our natural and political landscapes are rapidly changing. Climate change is affecting ecosystems across the planet, and people, plants and wildlife are beginning to feel the pressures that come from a changing environment. Prolonged droughts, severe storms, growing deserts, deforestation, habitat loss and the resulting increase in stresses on wildlife are projected to become the norm in the future. Read More »
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Protecting Endangered Species of the North Coast

EPIC’s advocacy efforts for restoring wild fish populations includes many years of work defending forests and headwaters that provide clean water and valuable habitat for wild fish. Now, EPIC is undertaking a new initiative to reform fish hatcheries that have operated for too long without proper oversight.
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Reining in Caltrans

EPIC's "Rein in Caltrans" campaign is designed to force Caltrans to abandon some of their most egregious construction projects, and to reform the flawed decision making that allows wasteful and destructive projects to move forward.
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Returning to a Natural Cycle of Wildfire

As a society, we must understand that fire is an essential element in maintaining healthy ecosystems. EPIC is working to form a holistic approach to wildfire management that addresses the needs of the land and the people that call it home.

Industrial Forestry: Reforming Corporate Logging

Industrial timber giants are threatening our forests by using highly intensive forest management practices compromise the productivity and sustainability of our forestlands.  EPIC advocates for responsible forestry by tracking private logging operations to ensure that environmental standards are implemented.

Updates + News

Wolves in Danger- Act now!

July 11, 2019

Take Action! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act across the continental United States. The plan would do away with 40 years of wolf recovery and leave these intelligent animals vulnerable to trophy hunts, trapping, poisoning and persecution. This politically driven agenda is contrary to the clear scientific evidence that wolf populations have not rebounded across their range. read more >>


Rainbow Ridge Rally Next Saturday

July 10, 2019

Under the watchful eye of a Lear security guard, Humboldt Redwood Company’s private security firm, over 50 people gathered on July 3rd to rally in solidarity with the forest defenders who are on the front lines protecting the ancient forests of Rainbow Ridge, located within the north fork of the Mattole watershed. One activist “Rook” has set up a platform in a tree called “Trickster”. Since the platform has been erected, HRC has logged several adjacent trees, and shortly after, two tree voles moved into the tree that Rook is living in. read more >>


HRC's Sad Spiral Downward

July 8, 2019

In 2008, in the wake of the disastrous era of the Pacific Lumber Company under the liquidation-logging minded MAXXAM Corporation and Charles Hurwitz, the court hearings for the company's bankruptcy and dissolution of company assets provided still more melodrama. What would become of the approximately 250,000-acres of timberland? read more >>


EPIC Pints for Non-Profits at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company

July 8, 2019

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 more >>


Richardson Grove Potluck Rendezvous

July 8, 2019

EPIC will be hosting the Richardson Grove Rendezvous in celebration of another victory for Richardson Grove on Sunday July 21st from 12pm-4pm at the Day Use Picnic Area at Richardson Grove State Park near the river. We will discuss recent events and legal updates regarding the grove. read more >>


Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Siskiyou Mountain Salamander

July 2, 2019

EPIC and allies sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to respond to a 2018 petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siskiyou Mountains salamander. This rare terrestrial salamander lives only in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. The species is threatened by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plans to increase logging in southern Oregon. read more >>


EPIC Fall Celebration will Feature Delhi 2 Dublin

July 2, 2019

Mark your calendar! Its official that Delhi 2 Dublin will be making an incredible musical performance at this year’s EPIC Fall Celebration on Saturday, November 9th at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. Delhi 2 Dublin is a Canadian world music group that connects roots to future with a heavy electronic backbone, live traditional Indian instruments, and the stunning punjabi-english vocals of frontman Sanjay Seran. This event is expected to sell out, so purchase your tickets now! read more >>


EPIC and Allies Take Aim at SPI HCP

July 2, 2019

A Draft Habitat Conservation Plan (DHCP) for California timber giant Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has been released with a companion Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for public comment with a comment deadline of July 1. The Draft SPI HCP would authorize the company to "take" federally-listed Northern Spotted Owl, and federal candidate for listing, the California Spotted Owl, a genetic and geographic near relative of the Northern Spotted Owl, in conjunction with its timber harvest and related activities on its California timberlands. read more >>


Judge to Caltrans: Prepare a Valid EIS

June 28, 2019

Judge Alsup of the Northern District Court of California has sent Caltrans back to the drawing board. This ruling is a follow up to the recent federal court victory EPIC announced in May. The court detailed all the ways that the project was likely to produce a significant impact to the environment--from harming the root system of old-growth redwoods to the uncertainty regarding additional truck traffic through the grove--all of which required the preparation of a full-blown environmental impact statement. Judge Alsup made clear that Caltrans had repeatedly had tried to "avoid the scrutiny of an EIS," finding that the agency "dodged" their responsibilities by trying to "skate by" with inferior environmental analysis. read more >>


Rare Shasta Salamanders Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

June 26, 2019

Salamanders at Risk of Extinction From Plans to Raise Shasta Dam – EPIC and the Center for Biological Diversity secured a victory for three species of Shasta salamanders today: A new settlement will speed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision on whether the animals warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The agency is now required to make that decision by April 30, 2021. The salamanders are imminently threatened by plans to raise the height of Northern California’s Shasta Dam, which would result in flooding of their habitat. read more >>

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