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Welcome Additions to the EPIC Team

Two new north coast forest protectors! Tom Wheeler and Lucy Allen recently joined the EPIC team to advocate for the science-based protection of northwest California’s forests. Using their expertise in environmental law, Tom and Lucy will help ensure that EPIC continues to fulfill its role as environmental watchdogs in defense of nature.

EPIC is focused on connecting working and wildland forests into whole healthy landscapes for flourishing nature and wildlife, in order to safeguard our valuable living resources in a changing climate for current and future generations.

Tom Wheeler is EPIC’s Program and Legal Coordinator. He serves as an anchor for our conservation advocacy efforts and is responsible for shaping implementation strategies to achieve EPIC’s mission and goals. Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. While in school, Tom was President of the Environmental Law Society and served as Articles Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. A native-Washingtonian, Tom previously helped defend old-growth and endangered species at the Washington Forest Law Center.

Prior to law school, Tom attended Green Mountain College in Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy & Environmental Studies. When he’s not nerding out over the Endangered Species Act (his all-time favorite law), Tom is probably plunking the banjo, playing ping-pong with wife, Jenna, or petting his cats, Fatty and Trim.


ucy Allen is a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow. Lucy received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law with an Environmental Certificate. Before that, she worked at an environmental nonprofit focusing on water policy. During law school, she worked for a variety of environmental organizations including Natural Resources Defense Council. She also clerked for California Indian Legal Services. She holds a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies. Lucy grew up in Humboldt County and is thrilled to be back and serving the community.

We are grateful to long-time staff attorney, Sharon Duggan, for her commitment to mentoring the next generation of environmental advocates!


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