The Environmental Protection Information Center is proud to present to you our 2014 Annual Report. The report includes an overview of some of our major accomplishments from last year, and a vision for what we plan to do in the coming years. In 2014 we had many victories: we protected ancient redwoods in Richardson Grove, saved northern spotted owl habitat, successfully listed the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act, launched a successful campaign that banned super toxic rat poison, settled lawsuits to protect endangered wild coho salmon from interbreeding with and being preyed upon from hatchery fish, and secured an injunction against Caltrans to protect the Wild and Scenic Smith River.
As you will see, our renewed focus on forest protection advocacy work dominates our efforts, as we revitalize our organization’s role as the watchdog and defender of Northwest California’s forestlands. Our newest campaign “Connecting Wild Places” sets our biggest goal yet, to permanently protect and connect wild places, with a focus on high quality habitat areas that serve as wildlife corridors between existing protected islands of wilderness.
EPIC’s approach to forest advocacy is to seek out and champion the best available science to shape policy through education, outreach and strategic litigation. We focus on reducing environmental stressors within identified habitat linkages and roadless areas by monitoring for projects that would harm key places. We monitor Timber Harvest Plans on private lands, Timber Sales on public lands, and further protection of species that rely on intact wild places. This work would not be possible without people like you; more than half of our funding comes from individual donations. And as a membership organization we represent your values as we advocate for the science-based protection and restoration of northwest California’s forests.