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2018: Another EPIC Year

2018 was another EPIC year. The numbers don’t lie: We have nine ongoing lawsuits, two rulemaking petitions, and commented on over 30 projects—all with a staff of just five! Here are some of our highlights from 2018.

Beat Back Beaver Batterers: In December, EPIC sent a notice of intent to sue to Wildlife Services, the taxpayer-funded wildlife-killing arm of the USDA, because of the agency’s problematic beaver “management.” By killing beavers that were improving salmon habitat, without consulting with the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agency violated the Endangered Species Act.

Defense of Richardson Grove Continues! Another year of defense of the ancient redwoods of Richardson Grove State Park in the bag. So far we have held back the bulldozers for 11 years and we won’t stop until Caltrans follows the laws!

EPIC Sues over “Salvage” Timber Sale Scam: The Klamath National Forest is back with another dumb/wasteful/corrupt/harmful (pick your favorite negative adjective, they all work!) timber sale. The Seiad-Horse Project is all about getting big bucks for timber companies, selling off old growth for record low prices. EPIC, together with our friends at KS Wild, are challenging the timber sale in federal court.

Last Chance for Last Chance Grove? EPIC was on the ground in the summer to look at a potential re-route of Highway 101 around Last Chance Grade that would cut down acres of old-growth. Check out Last Chance Grove before it is too late but looking at our photo gallery.

EPIC Celebrates Jene McCovey with Sempervirens Award: Activist Jene McCovey was honored at the Fall Celebration for her lifetime of work on behalf of the people and lands of the North Coast. Luckily, Jene is not slowing down. We see her at every protest and government meeting, leading the charge. We are so grateful for her work.

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