Posts by Andrew Orahoske

Lawsuit filed to Protect Wild Coho Salmon in the Trinity River from Harmful Fish Hatchery Operations

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Trinity_hatcheryEPIC recently filed a lawsuit aimed at reforming the antiquated and harmful operations at the Trinity River fish hatchery in order to protect wild coho salmon. The suit challenges the actions of officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for funding, administering, and operating the Trinity River fish hatchery in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

EPIC Vigilance Gets Results

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

nacho 2A productive pair of Northern Spotted Owls living in the Mad River watershed can rest a little easier—for now anyway. The withdrawal of the “Nacho Libre” Timber Harvest Plan comes on the heels of another recent victory for owls and murrelets after Sierra Pacific Industries withdrew the “Hiker’s Parade” THP in the Redwood Creek watershed.

EPIC Supports the Creation of Publicly-Owned Forests in the Redwoods

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

community forestThe vast majority of the Redwood Temperate Rainforest is in private hands. Some of those lands are managed better than others, but ultimately the general public has very little input over the restoration and recovery of California’s great Redwood forests. National and state parks cover a significantly smaller area than private lands in the Redwoods and opportunities for restoration are limited. Every once in a while the public has the opportunity to acquire more forested lands, but rarely does this occur in productive Redwood forests. EPIC is proud to support two recent initiatives that will hopefully result in the creation of two new publicly-owned Redwood forests in Humboldt County.

Action Alert: Endangered Species Deserve More Time and More Protections on the Mendocino Coast

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Murrelet USFWSFederal and state agencies are accepting public comment on a proposal from the Mendocino Redwood Company for an Incidental Take Permit and associated Habitat Conservation Plan. Please take a moment to request that more time be allowed for public participation and review, as well as an increase in protections for endangered species.

Northern Spotted Owl Told to Wait

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

NSOOn Wednesday, April 17, 2013, EPIC argued on behalf of the Northern Spotted Owl before the California Fish and Game Commission. Despite the fact that the species has been threatened with extinction since the 1980’s, and listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1990, the Commission has not protected the species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

Action Alerts: Give Two Hoots for Northern Spotted Owls

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Spotted Owl PairAs we move into spring and celebrate the blossoming of flowers and return of vibrant life in our region, so too are Northern Spotted Owl pairs beginning their yearly nesting endeavors. This year, owls have some things to be happy about as two major initiatives advance in EPIC’s Spotted Owl Self-defense Campaign. First, the EPIC petition to list the Northern Spotted Owl under the California Endangered Species Act that was filed last September received a positive evaluation from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in February, recommending candidate listing and full status review.

Reforming Hatcheries to Recover Wild Fish Populations

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

natural_spawning2_credit_Andrew_Orahoske The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorize federal funding to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate fish hatcheries on the Mad River, Trinity River, Klamath River and numerous other rivers in California. In addition, a private hatchery operates on the Smith River, which is also funded by the State of California. Annually, these hatcheries produce millions of fish that are released into the wild. If not properly operated, hatcheries can cause harm to wild fish.

Standing Up for the Northern Spotted Owl

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

northern-spotted-owls-USFWSOn December 20, 2012, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) notifying the agency of EPIC’s intent to sue over violations of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The violations stem from the Service’s failure to respond to a petition submitted by EPIC in August 2012 requesting increased protections for the Northern Spotted Owl.

EPIC Takes on Logging Pollution at the U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

On October 23, 2012, EPIC joined conservation allies in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving pollution from logging roads. In this long running battle over logging pollution that chokes streams and salmon, EPIC has been at the forefront in advancing the law. Nearly a decade ago, EPIC successfully enforced the Clean Water Act against the Pacific Lumber Company in Bear Creek, a tributary of the Eel River.

Marbled Murrelet Sold Out by Feds

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

EPIC along with 20 other conservation groups sent a letter to the Obama administration asking it to withdraw from a recent settlement agreement with the timber industry that, if approved by a federal court, would eliminate protection from nearly 4 million acres of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet until 2018. The federally threatened murrelet — a shy, robin-sized seabird that nests on the wide branches of old-growth trees — has severely declined in the face of logging of Pacific Coast forests, a trend that continues today due to ongoing logging.

Hooting and Howling for Owls and Wolves in California

Friday, October 12th, 2012

As autumn weather sweeps through the hills, hinting at the first rains on the coast and the first wisps of snow in the high country, I find myself listening for the gentle hooting of owls and the joyous howling of wolves returning to their ancestral homelands in California. Recently the California Fish and Game Commission made two decisions that are cause for more hooting and howling in Wild California.

EPIC Requests Forest Service Analyze Impacts of Marijuana Grows on National Forest Lands in Northwest California

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

On October 11, 2012, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter to Regional Forester Randy Moore, and four Forest Supervisors in northwestern California, that requests the United States Forest Service initiate analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regarding the impacts of marijuana cultivation on national forest lands. In addition, EPIC requested that the Forest Service reinitiate consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) over the impacts of marijuana cultivation on imperiled species, including Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Northern Spotted Owl and Pacific Fisher.

Support Gray Wolf CESA Listing

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

TAKE ACTION NOW! Please write a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission supporting the listing of the Gray Wolf under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).In response to a petition from EPIC and allies, the California Department of Fish and Game recommended that the Fish and Game Commission make the Gray Wolf a candidate for protection under CESA.

Doubling Down on Protections for the Northern Spotted Owl

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Recently, EPIC filed two petitions designed to increase protections for the Northern Spotted Owl. First, EPIC filed a petition with the Secretary of the Interior to change the status of the owl under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) from “threatened” to “endangered.” Second, EPIC filed a petition with the California Fish and Game Commission to list the owl as “endangered” under the California Endangered Species Act.

Stop AB 1492 – Timber industry giveaway saddles Californians with an unnecessary tax

Monday, August 13th, 2012

TAKE ACTION NOW! Please contact your California State Senators and Assemblymembers and urge them to vote NO on AB 1492. This embarrassing piece of legislation is poised to fly through the California legislature this week without any substantive debate whatsoever. It is clearly a cynical attempt by wealthy timber barons at Sierra Pacific Industries and Green Diamond Resource Company to hoodwink the public into paying for damaging logging plans and to tie the hands of prosecutors that attempt to bring claims against the timber giants for causing forest fires that threaten communities and California’s public forests.

SPI Gets Off Cheap

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), the largest landowner in the state of California settled a lawsuit for negligently causing a fire in 2007 that burned over 65,000 acres, including public lands in the Plumas National Forest. It is clear that SPI got off cheap.

Take Action – Demand More Water for the Trinity River

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Take Action Now! As river levels continue to drop in the Klamath and Trinity River watersheds and temperatures rise, we may be looking at a repeat of lethal river conditions similar to those that killed tens of thousands of salmon in 2002. After multiple requests from river advocates and Tribes, the Bureau of Reclamation has proposed to supplement flows in the Lower Klamath River with water from Trinity Reservoir to help protect returning adult salmon from a disease outbreak and mortality during late-summer 2012.

Action Alert: Protect Northern Spotted Owl Habitat

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Take Action Now: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl threatens to weaken protection for mature forests in Northern California and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The proposed rule would allow extensive logging and degradation of owl habitat; forests that also provide clean drinking water and shelter spawning grounds for Pacific salmon.

Political Favors for Wealthy Timber Baron Just Business as Usual in Sacramento

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Recently, the Sacramento Bee revealed that Governor Jerry Brown has proposed changes to long established California law to appease a wealthy timber baron. Billionaire Red Emmerson and his company, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), own more than 2 million acres in California, with a net worth of $2.6 billion, making him California’s largest landowner. SPI is being prosecuted for negligently starting a fire that destroyed public trust resources, but rather than play by the rules, the company has asked the Governor to change them. Affording the company an advantage in a high profile federal prosecution is clearly inappropriate.

Petition Filed to Protect Gray Wolves Under California ESA

Monday, February 27th, 2012

EPIC and other conservation groups petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect gray wolves as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act. Wolves, which are not currently protected under the state law, were absent from the state from 1924 until late in 2011, when a wolf from Oregon made a thousand-mile journey to Northern California. It has lived there since.