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

The InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council Calls For A Halt To Richardson Grove Project

May 11, 2021

On May 7th, 2021 the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council (Sinkyone Council) and the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter requesting that Caltrans halt the Richardson Grove Improvement Project (the project). The letter, which you can read here, outlines the cultural significance of Richardson Grove and the old-growth redwood trees to the Sinkyone People and other Tribes of the region.read more >>

 

Leaked Memo Shows Trump Administration Knew Slashing Spotted Owl Habitat Would Cause Extinction

May 6, 2021

On the same day as the Trump administration announced the elimination of 3.4 million acres of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s top owl expert formally objected to the decision in a document recently unearthed as part of ongoing litigation. The Jan. 15 memorandum, written by Oregon State Office Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dr. Paul Henson, found that “it is reasonable to conclude that [the reduction in critical habitat] will result in the extinction of the [northern spotted owl].” read more >>

 

Action Alert: 30X30 Survey

May 4, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom recently pledged to conserve 30% of California by 2030. The goal is based on a scientific consensus that conserving that much land is necessary to prevent a catastrophic loss of biodiversity and climate change. And now, the government wants to hear from the public about how best to go about doing that. So, he created this survey that any Californian can fill out and let him know how best to accomplish that goal. read more >>

 

Climate Change and the Coast Redwood 

May 3, 2021

We all know that climate change is having and will continue to have a dramatic impact on our planet. But knowing exactly what that impact will be can be a tricky business. Our planet’s weather patterns are the result of a delicate balance of a multitude of factors. And so, tracking how increasing global temperatures will impact specific regions takes a lot of scientific inquiry. Even more complicated is understanding what climate change’s impact on specific species will be. read more >>

 

EPIC 2020 Annual Report Available

May 2, 2021

We are pleased to share with you EPIC’s 2020-2021 Annual Report. The past year will go down in history as one of the strangest times of our lives. Although we spent a large portion of the year in quarantine, canceled gatherings, worked from home, and fumbled through video conferences while juggling kids and cats, we were able to adapt to our new reality and continue efforts to protect wild places and the wildlife that call them home. read more >>

 

Protect Klamath Salmon: Tell Our Representatives To Release Preventative Flows!

April 20, 2021

Take action! This year’s Klamath salmon run needs your help! In response to the lowest historical flows on record into Upper Klamath Lake, the US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) just announced its Klamath Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan. Although the Plan reduces diversions for irrigators, it fails to meet the biological needs for coho salmon and Chinook salmon in the Klamath River, and Lost River and shortnose suckers in Upper Klamath Lake. Please take action with our comment form and send a letter asking to release preventative flows into the Klamath River to ensure that flows into the Klamath River will meet the biological requirements for salmon and other fisheries.read more >>

 

Take Action: Stop Deceptive Water Project On The Shasta River!

April 20, 2021

The Shasta River is one of the main tributaries to the Klamath River and one of the historic key spawning grounds for salmon and steelhead. On Thursday, the Wildlife Conservation Board will be reviewing grant proposals for instream flow enhancement projects including the proposed Grenada Irrigation District Flow Enhancement Project (aka pipeline)—a project for which we have ample evidence showing should not be funded. Please write today to the Wildlife Conservation Board and urge them to deny funding to this irresponsible pipeline that threatens critical fish populations and the health of the Shasta River. read more >>

 

Action Alert: Protect Forests for Earth Day 🌎

April 19, 2021

Please join us in calling on the US Department of Agriculture to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old growth forests, limit post-fire logging, and protect our watersheds as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change and protect 30 percent of land and water by 2030.  When we protect our forests from logging, we both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure these forests continue to store vast amounts of carbon —a win-win climate change solution! Comment Today! read more >>

 

Thanks For An EPIC Earth Day Ivy Pull!

April 19, 2021

We are so thankful for all of the great volunteers that made it out to the Earth Day Ivy Pull on April 15th! It was a special treat after all these months to be working with our community and getting to be hands-on in the forest, making space for native species and giving the trees room to breathe! We are planning on doing this again in the future, we eventually hope to make this a quarterly collaboration with the dedicated folks at the No Ivy League. If you missed this event, please keep your eyes open for an invitation in the next few months by signing up for our newsletters. read more >>

 

New Humboldt Marten Zip-Up Sweatshirts: Purchase Today!

April 5, 2021

Happy April to all!  We now have the beautiful Humboldt marten design in ZIP-UP sweatshirts! Very warm and cozy for the unpredictable Humboldt spring weather. This design celebrates listing the Humboldt marten as threatened on the endangered species list with an incredible Humboldt marten woodblock design by amazing artist Fiona Bearclaw. Order today here! All proceeds go to our work protecting critters like the marten and their habitats.read more >>

 
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