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.
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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

Large New Housing Project Proposed for McKay Forest

July 2, 2020

A large new residential housing development is being proposed for the outskirts of Eureka, cutting into the McKay forest in Cutten. The project proposes 320 new residential units, in a mix of single- and multi-family developments, together with 22,000 square feet of commercial space incorporated into the development across 81 acres of now-forested lands. The project would require rezoning and subdivision, bringing the project before the Planning Commission. read more >>

 

Opening Brief Filed in Case to Save Humboldt Marten

July 2, 2020

EPIC Challenges Take Permit Issued to Green Diamond. In late May, EPIC submitted an opening brief in the case to overturn a permit that threatens California’s last remaining Humboldt martens. With fewer than 200 likely in the state, the marten is teetering on the edge of extinction. Necessary to the long-term survival of the species is to connect the largest population of martens, found on Six Rivers National Forest in Del Norte County, to prime habitat in the Redwood National and State Parks complex to the southwest. read more >>

 

Registration Open for Virtual Timber Harvest Plan Workshop!

July 1, 2020

Registration Open for Virtual Timber Harvest Plan Workshop! How do you stop or change a logging project? Many people don’t think they need to know how to navigate the THP (Timber Harvest Plan) process until there is a logging project proposed next door or in their favorite place. In fact, many people don’t even know that a logging project is being proposed until it is being logged, and by that time it is too late to have any meaningful participation in the outcome of a project. read more >>

 

EPIC is Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors July 1-31

July 1, 2020

WANTED: Professional, assertive, creative, problem-solvers interested in joining the EPIC Board of Directors. We are looking for people with experience in the following areas: non-profit governance, conservation science, financial management, environmental law, policy development, fundraising, outreach and event planning. Current EPIC Members* may apply to become a Board Member between July 1 and July 31 for the next Board of Director’s year, which begins on January 1. read more >>

 

ELK NEED YOUR HELP: Del Norte Elk Face New Disease and Increased Hunting

June 19, 2020

Supporters of North Coast elk, we need your help! On June 25, the Fish and Game Commission is set to hear a report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife concerning a new disease threatening our North Coast Roosevelt elk. We need people like you to demand that the Fish and Game Commission support a petition filed by EPIC to place a moratorium on hunting until more is known about the disease. Please help by attending the virtual meeting on June 25 to speak for our elk!read more >>

 

Intersections of Police, Racism, and the Environment

June 9, 2020

Late last week, EPIC released our statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and made a pledge to further intersectionality in our own environmental community by providing educational resources, platforms for these discussions, and concrete actions. One of the small actions we took within our statement was to endorse certain California legislation for creating improvements on the ground in our state without police intervention. While we endorsed these reforms, we also wrote in support of the eventual abolishment of the police and carceral system as a whole. However, some might not find an obvious connection between environmentalism, racism, and policing. They may ask, where does this connection begin and how does abolishing the police and carceral system pertain to environmentalism and intersectionality? read more >>

 

Fate of Mendocino Forest in Judges’ Hands

June 9, 2020

EPIC is awaiting a court decision from the Northern District Court of California on a lawsuit challenging the US Forest Service’s attempt to evade public participation and environmental review of seven timber sales totaling around 7,000 acres on the Mendocino National Forest by logging up to 200 feet on each side of hundreds of miles of “roads” (many of which are not open to motor vehicle use) in the Ranch Fire area. The complaint seeks an order to set aside authorization of these projects to avoid harming sensitive and threatened wildlife and their habitats, but would still permit the felling of imminently hazardous trees along essential public travel corridors.read more >>

 

Trump Administration Uses COVID-19 “Emergency” to Undermine Law

June 9, 2020

In the midst of the turmoil and unrest arising last week in response to the unjust murders of the Black community by police, the Trump administration quietly used the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine federal environmental laws and fast-track oil and gas drilling. Seriously. We have sunk this low. In an executive order issued on June 4, the administration cited the global pandemic and its effects on the economy as justification for “reforming and streamlining an outdated regulatory system that has held back our economy with needless paperwork and costly delays.”read more >>

 

EPIC Statement: Justice for Black Lives

June 5, 2020

EPIC joins the chorus of voices that demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, and the countless other Black lives taken unjustly by the police and to testify that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with those seeking to throw off the shackles of white supremacy, injustice and oppression. We pledge to continue to work toward a critical justice within the environmental community for Black people, Indigenous Peoples, and people of color and to continue to address this with conversations and concrete actions.read more >>

 

Novel Elk Hoof Disease Found In Del Norte Elk Herd

May 19, 2020

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that Treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD), a bacterial-associated syndrome causing severe lameness in elk, has been discovered in elk in Del Norte County. TAHD is already present in elk in both Washington, Oregon and Idaho. From their experience, we understand that this disease is likely to cause significant disruptions to California’s elk. Our only hope is to minimize disease transfer and to mitigate impacts where present. In the coming months, EPIC will push the California Fish and Game Commission to promulgate new regulations to prevent disease spread.read more >>

 
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