Posts by Amber Jamieson

EPIC 2020 Annual Report Available

Sunday, May 2nd, 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.

Remembering Jene McCovey

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Last week we lost a pillar in our community. Jene McCovey was an unwavering activist for indigenous rights, environmental protection, and social justice issues. Despite her physical confinement to a wheelchair, she always made it to rallies, protests and community events to advocate for important causes. Her activism began in her early twenties, and it never stopped.

2020: Looking Back On Victories and Moving Forward With Challenges

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

This past year has been a challenge. Given that we’ve had one of the least environmentally friendly administrations in history with the backdrop of a global pandemic, EPIC has overcome some major hurdles and secured important victories for old growth forests, native wildlife, and public lands. We are so thankful for our members to helping us achieve so much this year and we wanted to share with you what we’ve accomplished in 2020 and where we plan to go in 2021!

Caltrans Attempts to Appeal Federal Court’s Ruling and Protection of Richardson Grove

Monday, October 26th, 2020

For over a decade, EPIC and our allies have defended the ancient redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park from Caltrans’ controversial proposal to widen Highway 101 through the protected state park. In 2019, Honorable Judge William Alsup from the Northern District Court of California ruled that Caltrans must go back to the drawing board and prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 
Now Caltrans is attempting to appeal Alsup’s 2019 federal ruling that has invalidated Caltrans’ revised Environmental Assessment and ordered the agency to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement.

New Rodenticide Law – A Win For Wildlife

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act prohibits the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) until the Department of Pesticide Regulation completes a reevaluation and adopts additional restrictions necessary to ensure that use of rodenticides will not result in significant adverse effects to nontarget wildlife. The law provides exemptions for agricultural activities, public health activities, invasive species on offshore islands, scientific studies, or to control rodent infestations associated with public health needs in certain locations and under specified conditions. The bill declares violation of new law is a misdemeanor. 

Action Alert: Tell Warren Buffett to Move Forward With Klamath Dam Removal Agreement

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Billionaire Warren Buffet’s company Berkshire Hathoway and its subsidiary PacifiCorp has the opportunity to move forward with dam removal, and has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from shareholders and tax payers to protect its customers and shareholders for the purpose of dam removal, but now the company is threatening to back out of the dam removal agreement.

Registration Open for Virtual Timber Harvest Plan Workshop!

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Registration Open for Virtual Timber Harvest Plan Workshop! How do you stop or change a logging project? Many people don’t think they need to know how to navigate the THP (Timber Harvest Plan) process until there is a logging project proposed next door or in their favorite place. In fact, many people don’t even know that a logging project is being proposed until it is being logged, and by that time it is too late to have any meaningful participation in the outcome of a project.

ACTION ALERT: Mendocino Wood Pellet Plant Threatens Public Health

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The Mendocino Forest Products’ Wood Pellet Production Plant is situated on the Russian River near low income neighborhoods, schools, an Indian health clinic that services 9 tribes, and the Coyote Valley reservation.  Mendocino Forest Products is owned by the Sansome Company, whose primary investor is the Fisher Family which also owns the Humboldt Redwood Company and Mendocino Redwood Company.

Fate of Mendocino Forest in Judges’ Hands

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

EPIC is awaiting a court decision from the Northern District Court of California on a lawsuit challenging the US Forest Service’s attempt to evade public participation and environmental review of seven timber sales totaling around 7,000 acres on the Mendocino National Forest by logging up to 200 feet on each side of hundreds of miles of “roads” (many of which are not open to motor vehicle use) in the Ranch Fire area. The complaint seeks an order to set aside authorization of these projects to avoid harming sensitive and threatened wildlife and their habitats, but would still permit the felling of imminently hazardous trees along essential public travel corridors.

Green Diamond’s THP Fails Forests, Watersheds and Wildlife in Sproul Creek

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

When Green Diamond Resource Company obtained 9,400 acres in the Sproul Creek watershed in late 2018, we knew our work would be cut out for us, as a landowner that makes massive clearcuts and sprays herbicides is not generally appreciated by neighbors. In February of 2019, EPIC organized a community meeting to discuss Green Diamond’s logging practices and what that would mean for its newly acquired land in the Sproul Creek watershed. On February 27, 2020, Green Diamond submitted the “Gibson Ridge” Timber Harvest Plan (THP) # 1-20-000-24-HUM to clearcut over 200 acres in the Sproul Creek watershed.

EPIC’s 2019-2020 Annual Report

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

It is with great pleasure that we present you with EPIC’s 2019-2020 Annual Report. As we reflect on the victories from the past year, we are reminded of the strength and importance of collaboration with other advocacy groups, activists and legal experts to protect wildlife and wild places. In just one year, with a little help from our friends, we saw state and federal victories in the campaign to save Richardson Grove, reinforced wildlife protections on the proposed Humboldt Wind Project, banned the commercial trapping of fur-bearing mammals in California, filed a rule-making petition to protect beavers, banned the trapping of Humboldt martens in Oregon, and celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

Econews Radio Show is Back!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The newly revamped Econews Report radio show will be aired every Saturday at 10am and will have a slightly different layout, featuring roundtable discussions with representatives of local environmental organizations. EPIC’s Tom Wheeler, Humboldt Baykeeper’s Jennifer Kalt, Northcoast Environmental Center’s Larry Glass and Friends of the Eel River’s Scott Greacen will host each show together.

Action Alert: Gov. Newsom Vetoed SB1 – Ask Him to Protect People, Wildlife and Wild Places!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

On September 27th, Gavin Newsom sided with the Trump administration and industry lobbyists and vetoed SB 1, which would have safeguarded California’s wildlife and wild places from federal efforts to dismantle bedrock environmental laws. SB1 was passed by the California senate and assembly in a recent attempt to prevent the federal rollbacks of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.

EPIC Honors Dennis Cunningham, Civil Rights Attorney with Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Dennis Cunningham is a legendary civil rights attorney, who has spent his lifetime defending activists since the 1960’s. From suing the Chicago Police Department for the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton to representing Earth First! activist Judi Bari when her car was bombed and the FBI falsely charged her as a terrorist, Cunningham has a lifetime of inspirational experience that has resulted in major social changes.

You’re Invited to EPIC’s 2019 Fall Celebration Featuring Delhi 2 Dublin!

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Fall Celebration Tickets Available Now! On behalf of the staff and board of EPIC, you are cordially invited to the 42nd Annual EPIC Fall Celebration, featuring Delhi 2 Dublin, on Saturday, November 9th 2019 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. This event promises to please and is expected to sell out, so get your tickets early!

EPIC Fall Celebration will Feature Delhi 2 Dublin

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Mark your calendar! Its official that Delhi 2 Dublin will be making an incredible musical performance at this year’s EPIC Fall Celebration on Saturday, November 9th at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. Delhi 2 Dublin is a Canadian world music group that connects roots to future with a heavy electronic backbone, live traditional Indian instruments, and the stunning punjabi-english vocals of frontman Sanjay Seran. This event is expected to sell out, so purchase your tickets now!

Rainbow Ridge Rally Next Saturday

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Under the watchful eye of a Lear security guard, Humboldt Redwood Company’s private security firm, over 50 people gathered on July 3rd to rally in solidarity with the forest defenders who are on the front lines protecting the ancient forests of Rainbow Ridge, located within the north fork of the Mattole watershed. One activist “Rook” has set up a platform in a tree called “Trickster”. Since the platform has been erected, HRC has logged several adjacent trees, and shortly after, two tree voles moved into the tree that Rook is living in.

Richardson Grove Potluck Rendezvous

Monday, July 8th, 2019

EPIC will be hosting the Richardson Grove Rendezvous in celebration of another victory for Richardson Grove on Sunday July 21st from 12pm-4pm at the Day Use Picnic Area at Richardson Grove State Park near the river. We will discuss recent events and legal updates regarding the grove.

Upcoming EPIC Events

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

EPIC will be tabling at various events throughout the summer. Visit our booth, get important updates and sign petitions to protect wild places and imperiled species! We also have tons of great EPIC Swag, including water bottles, t-shirts, stickers and as requested, hats!!

EPIC’s 2018-2019 Annual Report

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

EPIC is proud to present the 2018-2019 Annual Report featuring our achievements, highlights and statistics from 2018. We invite you to take some time to check what we have been working on to further the protection and restoration of Pacific northwest forests and wildlife. From endangered species protections, timber sale litigation, to challenging big timber’s sustainability certification, EPIC staff has kept a full court press on industry and agencies to preserve one of the most iconic forest ecosystems on the planet for over four decades.