Posts by Kerul Dyer

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Spring Brings an Exciting New Season for EPIC

Monday, April 11th, 2011

As the rivers run high and the snow begins to melt we mark the transition from winter to spring. This year, we will experience much more than just seasonal changes for all of us here at EPIC. After eight dedicated years of service to EPIC, Scott Greacen will be stepping down as EPIC’s Executive Director to become North Coast Director for Friends of the Eel River. Meanwhile, as the colors erupt into a rainbow of blossoms this spring, we welcome a new leadership team at EPIC.

EPIC stops SPI from logging near Spotted Owl nest

Friday, February 25th, 2011

EPIC’s Industrial Forestry Reform program stopped Sierra Pacific Industry from logging near a spotted owl nest in Lassen County this week. Conservation activists face an uphill battle to protect forest ecosystems and wildlife habitat from bad logging practices across millions of acres of corporate-owned forests in California. In fact, few environmental groups even attempt to fight big companies on their private holdings, because of the extreme challenge to see any success.

Take Action Now to Support the Usal Redwood Forest

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In solidarity with the ongoing efforts of the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI), EPIC wants to encourage you to support permanent protection for 50,000 acres of working forest by sending a quick email to decision-makers in Sacramento today. RFFI needs your support today, on a matter that is vitally important to RFFI and the region. Please click here, to send a letter to the Wildlife Conservation Board to support funding for the sale of a conservation easement for the Usal Redwood Forest at their February 24 board meeting.

Diverse Community Needs Alternative to Richardson Grove Plan

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Diverse and energetic opposition to Caltrans’ project to alter Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park emerged Monday with a well-attended rally and non-violent civil disobedience resulting in 12 arrests. EPIC and our allies engaged in two lawsuits challenging the Caltrans project in Richardson Grove did not organize this rally and were surprised by the arrests Monday. Our challenges to the planning process and violations of environmental laws are making their way through the court’s processes. Meanwhile, with only a few months before planned construction and a swelling number of defiant activists becoming involved in fighting the project, the time has come to identify an agreeable alternative and push for its implementation.

Humboldt Marten Update

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The US Fish and Wildlife Service took action this week on EPIC and the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to list the Humboldt Marten under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). According to correspondence to the petitioners dated February 3, the agency aims to publish the 90 day finding –the first step toward potential ESA listing– either “late this fiscal year or during the first half of fiscal year 2012.“

Exciting New Position Available at EPIC: Program Director

Monday, January 31st, 2011

EPIC seeks an energetic, focused, and experienced conservation advocate to join our team as Program Director. The Program Director is principally responsible for developing, implementing and managing the policy agenda for EPIC’s four intersecting Program areas: Public Lands, Industrial Forest Lands, Biodiversity, and Clean Water. The Program Director is part of the EPIC leadership team, and serves as the anchor for EPIC’s conservation advocacy for the North Coast and Klamath-Siskiyou bioregions in northwestern California.

Rally Caltrans to Stop Richardson Grove Widening: Noon Feb 7

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Coalition to Save Richardson Grove will rally at noon on February 7 at District 1 Caltrans in Eureka. The group will demand that District 1 Deputy Director Charlie Fielder cancel the controversial project that threatens ancient redwoods and Richardson Grove State Park. Amidst two lawsuits challenging the legality of project planning and a lack of public input, the agency barrels forward toward project construction.

Beautiful ‘Secret Space Of Tides’ Framed Photographs Discounted, Benefit EPIC

Friday, January 7th, 2011

EPIC announces an amazing and generous offering by acclaimed photographer J. Patrick Cudahy. Beautifully framed selections from his photographic series “The Secret Space of Tides” are on display at the EPIC office, at 145 South G Street (Suite A). These images provoke intuitive knowledge about visually universal patterns, including tidal, vascular branches that stretch just below the oceans surface around the world.

The Battle to Protect Richardson Grove Continues into 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Three years after Caltrans first announced their intention to widen Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park, no construction has begun. The agency may have cited an urgent need to complete the project, but has not been successful in forcing the project through amidst controversy. In response to deficient environmental documents and inadequate public review, EPIC and our allies had no choice but to file a lawsuit to stop the project. In addition to a legal battle, the public campaign to protect the grove continues to build momentum.

Happy Holidays From EPIC

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

The EPIC Board and Staff sends warm holiday greetings to all of you, our online community! Thanks to your ongoing support and involvement, our work this year has brought in many new allies and generated thousands of online actions in support of the incredible ecosystems of the Northcoast and beyond.

Comment Period Extended for Statewide Spray Permit

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Californians concerned about pollution and health hazards created by the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides have until December 16 to submit comments to the California State Waterboard on the little known spray application permit being considered by the agency. Take Action Now!

Feds to Critically Endangered Humboldt Marten: You’re On Your Own

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has written us back well before the 90-day deadline to respond to our petition to list the Humboldt marten under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency basically says it isn’t even going to look at the petition.

Walkin’ Jim Stoltz Remembered

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

The environmental movement lost a hero when adventurer, wilderness advocate and bona fide folksinger James “Walkin’ Jim” Stoltz died in September. After decades of trekking across the North America’s wild country, he has left a legacy of photographs and poems that document his backcountry journeys, along with original songs inspired from his experiences.

Opponents of Richardson Grove Highway Project File Second Suit to Save Old-growth Redwoods

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

On September 27, 2010, five individuals and three environmental advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation. The Federal Action challenges a major construction project along Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County. The project will destroy prized old-growth redwoods to allow access for large commercial trucks.

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Forest Carnivore Once Believed Extinct

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

ARCATA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Humboldt marten under the Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives only in coastal, old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Because nearly all of its old-growth forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, the Humboldt marten is so rare that it was believed extinct for 50 years.

Statewide Richardson Grove Campaign Gains Momentum

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The campaign to protect the famous redwood curtain in Richardson Grove State Park from the Caltrans’ highway-widening project at the south end of Humboldt County continues to grow and diversify. Among the achievements gained in the effort, a city council passed a resolution opposing the project, a renowned photographer was cited for taking a provocative image in Richardson Grove, and Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, chair of the International 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Council joined the campaign as a public spokesperson.

Conservation Groups Will Seek Increased Protection for Tolowa Dunes State Park

Friday, September 24th, 2010

California Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ruth Coleman has abandoned her controversial plan to reclassify a portion of Tolowa Dunes State Park as a State Recreation Area. The unprecedented reclassification scheme was an attempt to allow waterfowl hunting in the State Park despite a legislative prohibition of such use. Coleman has now proposed to use a General Plan process as the means of pursuing hunting in the park.

Eye On Green Diamond:Current Logging in Maple Creek Watershed

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Green Diamond filed start-up (logging commencement notice) on two Timber Harvest Plans this week. Both plans are in the greater Maple Creek watershed.THP 1-08-098 lies in Maple Creek proper. It covers 131 acres, 90.7 clearcutting, and 22.4 selection. The plan area contains suitable habitat for Northern Spotted Owls, and Pacific Fisher, both of which are known to occur in the THP area.

New! Short Youtube Video on Richardson Grove

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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Eye on Green Diamond: Jacoby Creek Operations

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

If you have been wondering the origin of the small logs being hauled through the residential neighborhood in the Jacoby Creek area of Bayside, look no further than Green Diamond’s 2008 logging plans. Two Green Diamond clearcut logging plans, approved last year and filed to begin operations at the end of July, are underway.