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BREAKING: EPIC Joins Nationwide Coalition to Defend People’s Environmental Law

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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EPIC, along with a nationwide coalition of organizations from the environmental justice, outdoor recreation, and conservation communities, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s attack on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) this afternoon. The administration finalized its rules that will eviscerate core components of NEPA in mid-July. Under new regulations put forth by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), polluting projects of all kinds will be exempt from basic environmental reviews, and the public will be cut out of one of its best tools to prevent dangerous, shortsighted projects. 


EPIC is Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors July 1-31

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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WANTED: Professional, assertive, creative, problem-solvers interested in joining the EPIC Board of Directors. We are looking for people with experience in the following areas: non-profit governance, conservation science, financial management, environmental law, policy development, fundraising, outreach and event planning. Current EPIC Members* may apply to become a Board Member between July 1 and July 31 for the next Board of Director’s year, which begins on January 1.


EPIC Statement: Justice for Black Lives

Friday, June 5th, 2020
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EPIC joins the chorus of voices that demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, and the countless other Black lives taken unjustly by the police and to testify that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with those seeking to throw off the shackles of white supremacy, injustice and oppression. We pledge to continue to work toward a critical justice within the environmental community for Black people, Indigenous Peoples, and people of color and to continue to address this with conversations and concrete actions.


Klamath-Siskiyou Pacific Fishers Denied Protections by US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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After acknowledging in 2019 that Pacific Fishers are threatened with extinction by a combination of logging, rodenticide poison use by marijuana growers, climate change and forest fire the US Fish and Wildlife Service once again reversed course and denied protections for most Fishers while only listing a small subset of the species as threatened in the southern Sierra Mountain Range. Remnant fisher populations in southern Oregon and Northern California remain unprotected.


Welcome Moxie Alvarnaz to the EPIC Board!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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We are excited to welcome Moxie Alvarnaz to EPIC’s 2020 Board of Directors. Moxie is a Queer Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholar and activist. As a master’s student of Humboldt State University’s Environment & Community program, Moxie examines the interactions between political economy, oppressive hierarchy, settler colonialism, and the environment. Moxie has been involved in a variety of environmental and social movements, mutual aid organizing, and direct action.


BREAKING: EPIC Files Lawsuit Seeking Endangered Species Act Protections for Humboldt Marten

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Biological sued the Trump administration today for its failure to finalize Endangered Species Act protection for the Humboldt marten. Fewer than 400 of these secretive forest dwellers remain in four isolated populations along a narrow strip of coastal habitat in northern California and southern Oregon. 


Humboldt County Agrees to Prioritize Nonlethal Solutions to Urban Wildlife Conflict

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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In response to advocacy by a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Humboldt County today approved a new contract with the federal wildlife killing program, Wildlife Services, that will result in far fewer native species being killed. The contract requires Wildlife Services implement numerous reforms to reduce its killing of wildlife involved in conflicts by — among other reforms — prioritizing non-lethal mitigation measures in urban and suburban areas and prohibiting killing of beavers.


Mendocino National Forest Backtracks on Logging Project Amidst Scrutiny

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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In response to criticism by the public, the Mendocino National Forest has drastically scaled back proposed logging in the “Green Flat Restoration Project.” Originally planned for 1,534 acres, the Forest Service has scaled the project back to 250 acres. The agency was criticized for its apparent attempt to characterize logging activities as other more benign actions, such as “reforestation.” 


Humboldt County to Consider Climate Bond To Fund Renewable Energy

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board directed staff to begin work towards a municipal bond to fund renewable energy and other efforts to combat climate change. A municipal bond would need to be approved by voters on the November 2020 ballot. The Board’s actions are in response to a public call for public financing of renewable energy development after the Humboldt Wind Project was denied by the Board in December.


EPIC Seeks Conservation Coordinator To Join Our Team!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
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Do you have a love for nature and want to advocate for its protection? EPIC is looking for a Conservation Coordinator to maintain an organized and robust conservation program and advocate for improved resource management in the forest ecosystems of Northwest California. At EPIC, you would coordinate and manage campaigns and initiatives, review and comment on upcoming project proposals, and represent EPIC before members and the public.


Loophole-ridden Proposal for Pacific Fishers Fails to Protect Forest Habitat

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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In response to a petition and lawsuit from conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect Pacific fishers under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups are decrying loopholes in the proposal under a special “4(d)” rule that will allow ongoing logging of the forest-dependent carnivore’s habitat. “Once more the Fish and Wildlife Service is failing to implement the protections that fishers need to recover. They are clearly relying on politics instead of science, so we will continue to push for full protection for fishers,” said Tom Wheeler, executive director at the Environmental Protection Information Center.


BREAKING:EPIC Litigates Mendocino National Forest’s Latest Attempt To Evade Environmental Review

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
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The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is suing the U.S. Forest Service for approving a series of timber sales on the Mendocino National Forest that shortcut public participation and environmental review in violation of federal law. In a complaint filed today, EPIC alleges that the Forest Service expedited seven timber sales, totaling up to 7,000 acres, by mislabeling the logging as a “road maintenance” project. At risk from the logging are clean water, northern spotted owls, and increased fuel conditions.


Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Siskiyou Mountain Salamander

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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EPIC and allies sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to respond to a 2018 petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siskiyou Mountains salamander. This rare terrestrial salamander lives only in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. The species is threatened by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plans to increase logging in southern Oregon.


Judge to Caltrans: Prepare a Valid EIS

Friday, June 28th, 2019
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Judge Alsup of the Northern District Court of California has sent Caltrans back to the drawing board. This ruling is a follow up to the recent federal court victory EPIC announced in May. The court detailed all the ways that the project was likely to produce a significant impact to the environment–from harming the root system of old-growth redwoods to the uncertainty regarding additional truck traffic through the grove–all of which required the preparation of a full-blown environmental impact statement. Judge Alsup made clear that Caltrans had repeatedly had tried to “avoid the scrutiny of an EIS,” finding that the agency “dodged” their responsibilities by trying to “skate by” with inferior environmental analysis.


Rare Shasta Salamanders Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Salamanders at Risk of Extinction From Plans to Raise Shasta Dam – EPIC and the Center for Biological Diversity secured a victory for three species of Shasta salamanders today: A new settlement will speed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision on whether the animals warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The agency is now required to make that decision by April 30, 2021. The salamanders are imminently threatened by plans to raise the height of Northern California’s Shasta Dam, which would result in flooding of their habitat.


State Court Victory in Richardson Grove Case!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel ruled in favor of environmental plaintiffs in the latest salvo in the nearly decade-long effort to prevent the widening of Highway 101 through old-growth redwoods at Richardson Grove State Park. As a result of this court decision, Caltrans is not allowed to physically alter the proposed project area and that the agency would need to get court approval before moving forward.


Federal Court Again Halts Destructive Caltrans Project Through Richardson Grove

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Conservation groups and Humboldt County residents have won a federal court victory halting Caltrans’ controversial Richardson Grove highway-widening project. The project would needlessly harm ancient redwood trees in California’s iconic Richardson Grove State Park along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco struck down the Caltrans plan in a 26-page order issued late Friday afternoon.


EPIC Comes to the Defense of Siskiyou Mountains Salamander

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Salamander in California, OregonEPIC and allies filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition for Endangered Species Act protection for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander.This rare terrestrial salamander lives only in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. The best habitat for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander (Plethodon stormi) is stabilized rock talus in old-growth forest, especially areas covered with thick moss. Mature forest canopy helps maintain a cool and stable moist microclimate where they can thrive.


EPIC is Hiring!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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Are you an energetic and outgoing person who loves to work in teams? Do you have a love for nature and want to advocate for its protection? The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is looking to find the newest member of our team! EPIC has worked for the protection and restoration of Northern California’s forests since 1977. You would join a professional team of lawyers, policy experts, and activists to protect forests, wildlife, and clean water.


Lawsuit Targets California Permit for Clearcutting Endangered Marten Habitat

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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Conservationists today sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to challenge its “Safe Harbor Agreement” that would allow Green Diamond Resource Co. to harm state-endangered Humboldt martens by clearcutting the endangered animal’s habitat. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the agreement because it provides no net conservation benefit for martens. Fewer than 200 of the forest-dwelling carnivores survive in California, and clearcut logging is the primary threat to their recovery.