Posts by Gary Graham Hughes

Green Diamond Exposed as National Case Study in “Greenwash”

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The active summer of clearcut logging on Green Diamond private forestland holdings has raised the eyebrows and ire of many North Coast residents, as well as visitors to the area. The phones at the EPIC office often ring with questions, observations, and complaints about industrial activities from many different corners of our bioregion. The intensity of clearcut logging on Green Diamond lands in Northern Humboldt County has been the subject of several phone conversations with concerned locals phoning into the EPIC office with questions and concerns about what was going on “back there.”

2012 Sempervirens Award Celebrates Defender of World’s Temperate Rainforests

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The presentation of the Richard Gienger Sempervirens Award for Lifetime Achievement has become a time-honored tradition within the Fall Celebration of the Environmental Protection Information Center. Past recipients of the award have included Karen Pickett of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Patty Clary of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, artist-activists David Simpson and Jane Lapiner, Richard Gienger, EPIC’s forest advocate and restoration policy expert, and last years recipient, film-maker and environmental troubadour Darryl Cherney.

Injunction Sought to Stop Construction of Controversial Willits Bypass Project

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) filed a motion in federal court on Friday seeking a preliminary injunction to halt imminent construction of the Willits Bypass, a proposed four-lane freeway to be built around the community of Willits in Mendocino County.

Sacramento 2012 – Banana Republic Politics and California’s Timber Aristocracy

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

California’s political establishment demonstrated a clear capacity in 2012 for crony capitalism environmental politics. The closure of the legislative session in Sacramento this year would seem to have been better set in a mythical country where societies biggest land owners, and the politicians that they own, conspire in back rooms to develop and pass legislation that consolidates the landowners power over public trust natural resources.

State Parks Director Resigns Amidst Finance Scandal

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Over the past week, the Sacramento Bee has unearthed a trove of evidence that has revealed that officials at the California State Parks administration have been sitting on “hidden assets” that are worth at least $54 million. This breaking story, set with a backdrop of more than a year’s worth of desperate community scrambling to respond to the threat of park closures, as well as a park’s maintenance backlog of more than $1 billion, has resulted in the immediate shakeup of State Parks management.

Uphold the Clean Water Act on the Klamath River

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Take Action Now! Tell The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to uphold the Clean Water Act and move forward with the 401 certification process for PacificCorp’s Klamath Hydroelectric Project (KHP) at their July 17 meeting. The Clean Water Act is one our nation’s most important laws. It has been undeniably effective in recovering fresh water resources throughout the nation, and in preventing further degradation of our rivers and streams.

Action Alert! FSC — Don’t Greenwash Green Diamond Resource Company!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Take Action Now!

Green Diamond Resource Company (previously known as Simpson Timber Company) owns over 400,000 acres of forested lands on the north coast of California in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. These private lands surround Redwood National and State Parks, the Yurok Reservation, and the communities around Humboldt Bay, Trinidad, Klamath and Crescent City. Therefore, these lands are critical to the integrity of our natural landscapes, water supplies, fish and wildlife, and productive communities.

Help Save California’s Northern Spotted Owls

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

EPIC needs your help to stop Sierra Pacific Industries from destroying Northern Spotted Owl habitat. We have formally notified SPI of our intent to file a lawsuit against the company under the Federal Endangered Species Act for illegally harming Northern Spotted Owls. Please help us defend the Northern Spotted Owl from SPI’s destructive logging by making a donation today to EPIC’s Northern Spotted Owl Self-Defense Fund.

EPIC Joins Lawsuit Challenging Caltrans Willits By-Pass Project

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

EPIC joined with Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, to file a lawsuit in federal court today challenging the approvals and environmental review for the Willits Bypass, a proposed four-lane freeway around the community of Willits, in Mendocino County, that would hurt wetlands, salmon-bearing streams and endangered plants.

EPIC Annual Report

Monday, April 30th, 2012

It is with great appreciation and satisfaction that we share with our extended family of supporters the 2011 EPIC Annual Report. This past year has been an amazing year in the history of EPIC! We have come through a major staffing transition with increased momentum that has resulted in a series of concrete advances for defending our Wild California.

Richardson Grove Decision on the Horizon

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

On December 6, 2011, attorneys for EPIC and plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment in federal court in our challenge to the Caltrans highway development project for Richardson Grove State Park. The motion explains the precise legal claims against Caltrans, and illuminates the failure of the agency to follow environmental laws. We are working to see the State of California improve it’s policies in terms of directing state agencies and protecting biodiversity.

Thanks and Appreciation: An EPIC Holiday Message

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The health and vitality of our futures, and that of our children and grandchildren, is contingent upon our ability to respond to the cries for help from a stressed landscape. Over the years EPIC has gained the trust of our supporters, and now more than ever we need people to pitch in to this collective effort.

No Relief for Stewardship Crisis in California State Parks

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

As the year 2011 starts to draw to a close, the stewardship crisis in the California State Parks System is clearly becoming more acute. The disastrous plan to close specific park units, including a disproportionate number of parks in Northwest California, continues to unfold without any promise of relief, while many other park units not on the closure list face dire conservation threats.

Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

This year the EPIC Sempervirens Award goes to Darryl Cherney! We have chosen to recognize Darryl for a full lifetime of contributions to forest protection in our bioregion not only because of his long trajectory as a political organizer and his catalog of fun and thought provoking recordings, but also for his current work as the producer of the soon-to-be released film Who Bombed Judi Bari?

EPIC Annual Fall Celebration Features Fishtank Ensemble

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The Environmental Protection Information Center is excited to invite our members and the general public to the 34th EPIC Annual Meeting and Fall Celebration from 6 PM – Midnite on Friday, November 4th, at the Mateel Community Center, located at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway.

Forum to Discuss Federal Dam Removal Process on Klamath River

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way in Eureka, Ca). The Klamath In The Balance Forum is designed to educate the public about the environmental issues concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Report for dam removal project on the Klamath River.

EPIC Screening of Patagonia Rising

Monday, September 26th, 2011

EPIC Screening of Patagonia Rising Puts Removal of Klamath River Dams in a Global Context.

At 7 PM on Tuesday, October 11, at the Arcata Theater Lounge (1o36 G Street, Arcata), EPIC will be proud to host a screening of the documentary film Patagonia Rising. This film describes the efforts of communities in Chile to protect the wildest rivers in the Patagonia region from mega-hydroelectric development, and their realistic vision for sustainable alternatives.

EPIC Momentum Built on Membership Support

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Thanks to our new and long term members, EPIC is gaining the momentum needed to meet our ambitious environmental protection goals. We all know that the stresses on our landscape and it’s unique inhabitants are growing–to meet those growing challenges EPIC needs to build its base of financial support. With your help we can do it!

Judge Orders Caltrans to Halt Work on Richardson Grove Highway Expansion

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered California state transportation officials to stop work on a controversial plan to cut wider highway lanes through ancient redwoods in Northern California’s Richardson Grove State Park. The judge granted the injunction that was being sought by a group of plaintiffs that includes three environmental organizations and several citizens, finding the project is likely to harm trees and may violate federal law.

Meet Joan Dunning

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

On the evening of Friday, July 8, EPIC is honored to feature the work of Joan Dunning, the widely recognized children’s stories artist and author, as part of the city wide Arts Arcata! celebration. From 6 until 9 PM the staff of EPIC will host a reception in our office at 145 G St Suite A, in Arcata, down by the marsh, and we invite everyone to come by! Ms. Dunning will have paintings and other work on display in our office, and the EPIC crew will be excited to receive visitors, adults and children alike. This gathering will provide us an opportunity to speak of Ms. Dunning’s art, and of EPIC’s work to protect the wild nature of Northwest California.