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2018 EPIC Base Camp


EPIC Base Camp will focus on the Last Chance Grade Project alternatives, in and around Redwood National and State Parks September 7-9, 2018. Base Camp attendees will have the opportunity to participate in groundtruthing, map and compass orienteering, environmental policy, know your rights trainings, and more! Sign up for this event at the link below, as space is limited!


Groundtruthing is simple. Visit a proposed project site and document what the project looks like on the ground. This information enables EPIC, and you, to compare what the agency is planning on the ground and comparing it with what is stated in environmental documents. Past groundtruthers have found discrepancies in agency information and documented rare plants and animals that have led to the cancellation of some or all of the proposed project. Groundtruthing is an important tool used to monitor large scale projects and other industrial activities on public lands. The information gained from groundtruthing allows EPIC to provide the public with information needed to understand, and engage in, decisions affecting public forest lands, watersheds and wildlife. Information from on-the-ground monitoring also helps EPIC challenge destructive projects or actions that degrade the environment.


Space is limited! Please RSVP for this event ahead of time by signing up below.


EPIC’s 2018 Basecamp will be focusing on groundtruthing the Last Chance Grade Project and the various Highway 101 route alternatives in and around Redwood National Park. We will be camping at Rock Creek Ranch on the wild and scenic Smith River, about 30 minutes east of Crescent City, 1 hour from the project site, and 2 hours from Arcata. Click here to view directions to Rock Creek Ranch and to register for Base Camp. Our campsite can accommodate a maximum of 30 people. The campsite features tent camping areas, picnic tables, a campfire ring, toilets, potable water, a fully functional kitchen, solar showers and river/beach access trail.


Shuttles will be provided between Arcata and Rock Creek Ranch as well as to the project site at Last Chance Grade (LCG). Please check the Carpool Page to reserve a space on a shuttle, or to offer passenger space in your vehicle. Before your carpool leaves please call the office to see if there are supplies you can help transport to camp! (707)822-7711. If you plan to drive please review EPIC’s Expectations for all Drivers, here.


Friday, September 7: Camp Setup

  1. 2-4pm shuttles leave from EPIC office in Arcata and arrive at Rock Creek Ranch

  2. 4-6pm Camp check in and setup

  3. 6-7pm Dinner

  4. 7-8pm Last Chance Grade Project Overview

  5. 8-9pm Campfire activities and free time

Saturday, September 8: Set Up and Groundtruthing Training

  1. 8-9am breakfast/ make sack lunches

  2. 9-10am project overview and ground truthing training

  3. 10-12 shuttle caravan to LCG project site (Meet at 12 at DeMartin Beach Picnic Area)

  4. 12-1pm orientation, ground rules, paperwork signing, and lunch

  5. 1pm divide into teams, get field routes prepared & depart into the forest

  6. 1-3 LCG project field monitoring

  7. 3-5pm shuttle caravan back to camp

  8. 5-6pm: free time

  9. 6-7pm dinner

  10. 7-8pm Debrief and

  11. 8pm campfire and legal rights training

Sunday, September 9: Groundtruthing Training and Field Work

  1. 8-9am: breakfast/make sack lunches

  2. 9-10am: project overview and ground truthing training

  3. 10am-11am: break down camp and shuttle/caravan departure

  4. 11am-1pm: Shuttle caravan to project site

  5. 1pm: Meet at 1pm at DeMartin Beach Picnic Area divide into teams, prepare field routes & depart into the forest.

  6. 1-3pm: project field monitoring

  7. 3-5pm: Farewell and shuttle caravan back to EPIC office in Arcata


  1. Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad (bringing an extra tarp is recommended)

  2. Trash bag (for trash and/or wet clothes)

  3. A flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries

  4. Extra warm clothing & rain gear (just in case!)

  5. Swim suit and hot weather clothes & river sandals

  6. Personal medications

  7. A camp chair or other comfort needs

  8. Boots are necessary, and a spare pair of shoes

  9. Day pack

  10. Sunscreen/chapstick/hat

  11. Bug repellant

  12. Toilet paper

  13. Musical instruments/song books

  14. Books/articles that spark discussion, pen & paper

  15. First aid kit

  16. Toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene needs

  17. A “mess kit” (water bottle, mug, bowl, fork and spoon)

  18. Compass and whistle (if you have one)

  19. FOOD: extra snacks and/or food to share appreciated! *We are providing light breakfast and dinner, but if your diet is very restricted, please plan appropriately.  Bring non­perishable food (nuts, trail mix, oranges, apples, etc.), especially snacks and easy-­to-­carry items.

  20. If you have a smart phone or tablet, bring it and download the Avenza Maps Application and

  21. Upload this map into the application:  — Avenza Maps is an application that uses satellite technology to geo-reference photos you take, so you don’t need cell reception to utilize this app. You can download project maps that are proposed by agencies and GPS reference yourself, photos and notes on that map through the Avenza Map application.



Dinner: TBA


Breakfast: TBA

Lunch: Hummus vegetable tortilla wraps

Dinner: Thai vegetable curry


Breakfast: Oatmeal, nuts, raisins, coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter & Jelly sandwiches


Donating any of these items to EPIC will ensure that we can provide a safe, effective, high-quality camp in the forest this year! Contact if you can help us plan a successful camp by making a donation!

Suggested food donations:

  1. COFFEE!

  2. Veggies: fresh produce will be essential!

  3. Bread (gluten-free and regular)

  4. dried fruit

  5. rice noodles

  6. almonds

  7. Eggs

  8. Apples (other fruit)

  9. Cheeses and tofu

  10. Peanut butter and Jelly

  11. Honey

  12. Coconut milk

  13. Veggie Broth

Suggested gear donations:

  1. Digital cameras (for us to borrow or to keep)

  2. GPS devices

  3. Working compasses (especially ones with which you can measure slope!)

  4. Notebooks (partially used is ok!)

  5. Backpacks

  6. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast field guide by Jim Pojar

Group camp donations:

  1. Hand and dish soap

  2. Paper towels

  3. Bungee cords

  4. Rope

  5. Tupperware containers

  6. Batteries (AA, AAA)

  7. Click here to make a money donation to EPIC


Ground Rules for Attendees of EPIC’s Summer Campouts.

All participants are expected to follow the ground rules set below.

  1. No dogs

  2. No alcohol or federal & state-determined illegal drugs allowed

  3. Don’t talk substantively to Law Enforcement Officers; direct them to LEO liaison or EPIC employee

  4. Respect and follow posted Forest Service/ State Park orders, such as burn bans

  5. Do not damage/destroy any property or equipment

Regarding Camp Safety and Happiness

  1. Participate in group activities & help with communal camp chores

  2. Notify group leader of problems/dangers/concerns

  3. Always check in/out with camp host when arriving or leaving camp

  4. Respect Basecamp materials and equipment

  5. Keep camp clean and dispose of trash properly

  6. Don’t drink untreated water

  7. Refrain from picking vegetation or creating unnecessary damage to the forest

  8. Quiet in common area from 10pm to 7am

  9. No smoking in common areas (dispose of butts properly!)

  10. No individual campfires

 Regarding Interpersonal Respect

  1. We reserve the right to ask individuals to leave

  2. Discrimination or oppressive behavior will not be tolerated

  3. Be mindful and respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries (e.g. don’t touch people/belongings without permission)

  4. Respect the judgement and requests of group leaders

  5. Watch out for other campers and help when needed

  6. Ask for what you need (within reason) and know your limits

  7. Be mindful of space you take up in group settings


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