Posts by Gary Graham Hughes

Wolf Recovery an Imperative for Ecosystem Restoration

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The importance of recovery of viable populations of wolves on the landscapes of Northern California has been clear to EPIC since before the first time the famous lone wolf “Journey” crossed over into California two years ago. Since that moment, EPIC has dedicated important time and resources to engaging in stakeholder processes and endangered species advocacy in order to contribute to a broadly shared conservation community objective of seeing wolves return to the wild and thrive in California.

Growing Green Workshop Interview with Dave Feral of Mad River Alliance

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Dave FeralThe following email interview with Dave Feral of Mad River Alliance gives an overview of the Green Growers Workshop, which will be held at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday, April 26 from 11am-5pm.

Is d-Con Our Next DDT?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Photo by Franklin InstituteLast month, the State of California took a step in the right direction by trying to ban over-the-counter sales of dangerous anticoagulant rat poisons that are harming children, killing pets, and devastating wildlife, including endangered species. But within days after California announced the new regulations—which are meant to take effect on July 1—Reckitt Benckiser, the $37.5 billion multi-national corporation that manufactures and sells d-Con, filed a lawsuit against the state.

EPIC Advocacy Secures Reforms at Mad River Hatchery

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Mad river hatcheryAn important settlement agreement has been reached regarding the genetic management of steelhead trout reared at the Mad River Hatchery for release into the river system. This settlement is another important step in a legal action by EPIC that addresses long-standing inadequacies in hatchery management, and will guarantee immediate improvements in hatchery operations that will strengthen the contribution of the hatchery to the recovery of wild fish in the Mad River basin, while still supporting a valuable and robust commercial and recreational fishery.

EPIC Position Statement on Experimental Barred Owl Removal to Study Effects on Northern Spotted Owls

Monday, January 27th, 2014

babyNSOEPIC has been approached on several instances by media outlets, conservation community colleagues, and members and supporters of our organization requesting an articulation of our position on the experimental lethal barred owl removal project.

EPIC Will Keep Pressure On Caltrans in 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Tall.RGsmall-thumbEPIC will continue in 2014 to advance initiatives that challenge unnecessary, wasteful, and environmentally harmful highway development projects proposed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on the North Coast of California. In late December 2013, EPIC and partners received a significant set back in our efforts to “Rein in Caltrans” due to an unfavorable federal court decision regarding the challenge to the Willits Bypass Project. Despite the unfavorable ruling, our campaign to reform the largest road building agency on the planet will continue in earnest in 2014.

Action Alert: PG&E Complicates Climate Emergency on the Eel River

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Potter Valley Project on EelTake Action for Salmon and River Ecosystem Health: The 12-month period from January to December 2013 has been the driest year on record. Watersheds across the North Coast of California are feeling the stress from recent drought, the undeniable onset of local and planetary climate change, and an increasing intensity of human economic activities that rely on the exploitation of scarce water resources. The hydrological conditions in the Eel River are of particular concern to EPIC, as well as many other stakeholders in the region.

Wildlands Civics as an Expression of the EPIC Mission

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

DSC09974A recurring theme in all of the work that EPIC develops, to advance protections for the web of life in Northwest California, is the concept of environmental democracy. Whether it be advocating for an increased inclusion of stewardship land ethics in natural resource based economic sectors in our bioregion, challenging state agencies to do adequate review of the major infrastructure projects that are proposed in sensitive landscapes, or leveraging the online activism of our supporters to secure conservation oriented management regimes on our public lands, EPIC strives to be a conduit for meaningful public participation by our community.

Caltrans Fails to Follow Court Order, Provides Inadequate Richardson Grove Documentation

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Photo by Jeff MusgraveCaltrans has released a “supplement” to the Final Environmental Assessment for the Richardson Grove Project, and announced a new comment period deadline of October 21, 2013. This new documentation is in response to the April 2012 federal court order in which Caltrans was found to have been “arbitrary and capricious” in their use of “faulty data” in the environmental review documentation for the project.

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Wild and Scenic Smith River From Destructive Caltrans Highway-widening Project

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Smith River NRA Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit yesterday challenging a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway-widening project that threatens endangered salmon runs, ancient redwoods and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen narrow sections of Highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks without adequate review of the impacts.

Unsustainable Cannabis Agriculture Practices Must Come to an End

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

x8bc240c1e4f6833428931f0180deb17f.jpg.pagespeed.ic.LNAV32JBmQCannabis obviously has the potential to contribute in a positive way to a viable and diversified local economy that does not degrade the natural qualities and authentic rural culture of our bioregion. Due to the egregious behavior of an increasing number of irresponsible cannabis growers, the positive potential of this industry is being squandered.

Stop Pollution Pot—Ban Super Toxic Rat Poisons

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

dconTake Action Now. An explosion in cannabis agriculture activity on the North Coast of California has resulted in a higher degree of public understanding of the dangers of rat poison. On repeated occasions large amounts of rat poison have been found at damaging marijuana grow sites; the poisons have been cause for concern most especially in grow operations established in the remote and wild reaches of our National Forest lands.

EPIC Supports Proposed Federal PLANT Act As Step Toward Federal Cannabis Reform

Monday, August 19th, 2013

PotleafCiting the severe environmental impacts associated with large-scale industrial marijuana growing operations across northwestern California, North Coast environmental groups and coalitions representing more than 35,000 supporters have expressed supported for a proposed federal law targeting trespass marijuana grows in a letter to one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

EPIC Voices Support for Flow Augmentation for the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Trinity Dam  Photo Credit USBRThis week the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) submitted comments in reference to the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) plan to augment Trinity River flows from Lewiston Dam to assist conditions in the Lower Klamath River in light of the extreme low-flows in the Klamath River that are creating dangerous conditions for returning fall-run Chinook Salmon.

EPIC Supports Economic Connectivity

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

20130315_143849Connectivity is one of the most important concepts related to the development of both effective conservation and viable long-term economic strategies. Over the course of our evolution as a public interest conservation advocacy organization, EPIC has worked hard to protect core natural areas, and to secure biological connectivity across the Northwest California landscape.

Connectivity and Compromise

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

North Coast Caltrans ProjectsOver the last several years the Northwest California region has been host to a series of increasingly contentious conflicts related to large-scale transportation infrastructure projects promoted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). One of the principal arguments that EPIC has put forth to explain our engagement on these infrastructure development issues at unique places like Richardson Grove State Park and the Smith River Canyon is that the site specific and cumulative impacts of these projects have not been adequately disclosed and analyzed.

Suit Filed Against Destructive Caltrans Highway-widening Project in Remote Del Norte County

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Smith River NRA Conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging a California Department of Transportation highway-widening project that threatens ancient redwoods, endangered salmon runs and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen existing narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks, without adequate environmental review of the impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act.

EPIC to Participate in HSU Earthday Symposium to Examine Marijuana’s Environmental Impact

Monday, April 15th, 2013

USFS Marijuana GrowEPIC Collaborates With Humboldt State University Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research in Organizing 2013 Earthday Symposium on Industrial Cannabis Agriculture and the Environment. An undeniable point of fact is that industrial cannabis agriculture is having an increasingly quantifiable affect on local and global environments. EPIC is engaging on this issue under the fundamental premise that the development of policy regarding marijuana on both a national and local level must take environmental ramifications into consideration.

Forest Products Marketing Firm Commits Major Blunder in the Redwoods

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

FSC Certifies Clearcuts? Green Diamond Resource Company, SCS Global Services, and the Forest Stewardship Council have issued a joint press release declaring a major milestone in the progression of forest management on California’s North Coast. Unfortunately, the only major milestone here is that a once respected forest certification standard, FSC, is now squarely in danger of losing a significant measure of credibility.

Final Spotted Owl Critical Habitat Rule Restores Federal Lands, But Excludes Redwood Region

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Conservation groups today hailed protection of 9.6 million acres of critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl across federal lands in Washington, Oregon and Northern California, but were deeply disappointed by the exclusion of all private and most state lands, including all lands within the redwood temperate rainforest region.