Posts by Natalynne DeLapp

EPIC Changes Ahead

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

EPIC things are in store for us in 2017. (Pun intended.) This year EPIC celebrates its 40th anniversary—and as with any mark of a new era, big changes are to come! All year long we will be celebrating our work to protect and restore North Coast forests and waters, and connect more people with nature […]

Kin to the Earth

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Kim of the Earth_An insatiable curiosity and passion for the forest, and its wildlife, is what inspired Kimberly Baker to begin her conservation advocacy work. Originally from Georgia, by way of Alaska, she moved to Sandy Bar Ranch, on the Klamath River, in 1998. “California’s Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is widely recognized as a global center for biodiversity,” said Kimberly. “Our forests shelter an incredible complex of rare and unique species found only in this region.” It was while living on the river that she began to see what was happening to the national forests—old growth logging and the destruction of native wildlife habitat.

Thank You Compliance Workshops

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Sustainable CannabisThis spring Mad River Alliance and the Environmental Protections Information Center planned, organized, and produced a series of six Cannabis Farmer’s Compliance Workshops in the Eel, Mattole, Trinity, Mad and Humboldt Bay watersheds. The workshops informed the public of the steps necessary to achieve legal status under newly mandated state, regional and local medical marijuana laws, and provided educational resources to implement management practices that will help mitigate existing damages and protect environmental resources.

Cannabis Workshops Getting Results

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Front Page Compliance Handbook 2016For nearly 40 years, EPIC has been at the forefront of forest protection, ensuring that state and federal agencies follow their mandate to uphold environmental laws to protect forestlands, water quality and endangered species from industrial land management activities. During the past decade, we witnessed an increase in cannabis agriculture as it spread across forestlands previously devastated by industrial timber management. Unfortunately, until very recently, the political will did not exist within state government to have the conversations to address the expanding, unregulated cannabis industry, and its environmental and social impacts.

Cannabis Farmers Workshop Series

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

PotleafEPIC and Mad River Alliance are partnering with Humboldt Green, California Growers Association and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District to produce a series Cannabis Farmers Compliance Workshops. The purpose of these workshops is to help educate people about: a suite of new laws and regulations for commercial medical cannabis agriculture, the steps necessary to have farms comply with the new laws, and how to protect the health of our forests, water, and quality of life here on the North Coast.

Cannabis Ordinance, an Important First Step

Friday, February 5th, 2016

frog on marijuanaA long time in the making, and sorely needed, Humboldt County now has the first land use ordinance in the state of California to regulate commercial cannabis agriculture. This is an important first step to begin rectifying the environmental destruction associated with unregulated cannabis cultivation, and providing a legitimate framework for legal economic activity that can benefit farmers and the general public. Only now can the divide between cultivators, regulators, and communities start to close, and mutual distrust begin to fade, as we work together to shape the industry’s future with our social and environmental values.

Update on County Commercial Medical Cannabis Ordinance: Victory on the Horizon?

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

IMG_3871Humboldt County is moving forward with regulating medical cannabis production with a final ordinance set to be passed on January 26, 2016. With the language of the ordinance still being solidified by county planning staff, nothing set in stone until the Board of Supervisors takes a final action—however, here is our best reading of the tea leaves of where the Board stands as of the time of press (spoiler alert: it looks pretty decent).

Big, Old Trees are the Local Solution to Global Climate Change

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Donate Button Help Save Big Old Trees While much of the activism, politics, and media around global warming rightly focuses on reducing the use of fossil fuels and stopping pipelines that threaten to expand fossil fuel use, the forests in Northwest California are quietly absorbing vast quantities of carbon rivaling the most productive ecosystems on earth and sustaining natural communities and services humans depend on. Big, old trees are our local solution to global climate change.

An Ordinance for Humboldt County’s Medical Cannabis Cultivators

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

frog on marijuanaTwo comment letters submitted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center, Humboldt Baykeeper, Northcoast Environmental Center and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, county staff, and the Planning Commission regarding the County’s cultivation ordinance. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the development of the county’s commercial cannabis and use ordinance and believe the open inclusion of multiple voices will ultimately result in an ordinance that will result in higher industry participation and ultimately yield greater conservation success.

Honoring Betty & Gary Ball–the 2015 Sempervirens Award Recipients

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Rally1Betty Ball and her late husband, Gary Ball, will receive the 2015 Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award at EPIC’s 38th Annual Fall Celebration on Friday, November 6th. Betty and Gary are the founders of the Mendocino Environmental Center, which became the hub for environmental and political activism in Mendocino and Humboldt County for more then a decade between 1987 and 1997. The issues in those years included abuse of forests on private lands, the Forests Forever ballot initiative, Redwood Summer and the campaign to protect the Headwaters Forest.

Existing North Coast Cannabis Cultivators: Come into Compliance

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

PotleafThe Humboldt County Supervisors to begin drafting a medical marijuana land use ordinance. By moving a local land-use ordinance forward, the county is taking the initial steps toward ensuring existing farmers are allowed to come into compliance with the new laws and become part of legitimate society. The goal should be to bring as many existing cultivators, including those cultivating on Timber Production Zone (TPZ) who are willing to take immediate action to ensure baseline environmental standards are met, into compliance—to be treated as responsible and legitimate business owners.

Humboldt County: It is High Time to Regulate Cannabis!

Monday, September 14th, 2015

frog on marijuanaLocal control is critical for our future. Humboldt County must take initiative to develop its own land use ordinance to regulate the number, size, and location of operations for commercial cannabis cultivation that fits the specific needs of our forests, fish, farmers and families. Now is the time, the momentum is here. On Friday, the State of California provided the first ever comprehensive framework to regulate commercial cannabis cultivation. This is huge and much needed, but a work in progress.

If you held the purse strings to Caltrans, how would you spend your tax dollars?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

CRTP_LOGO_2ColorWould you build bigger freeways or fix existing failing roadways and infrastructure? Would you chose to bulldoze through a wetland in order to reduce a five and a half hour drive time by five minutes or would you make improvements to portions of the road known to regularly cause deadly accidents? Would you design projects to accommodate the needs of national commercial interests or the community who uses the roads? The Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities is dedicated to a new vision for transportation on California’s North Coast.

Conversion of Forests for Commercial Marijuana Cultivation–an Invitation to Disaster

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

16,000 square feet of cultivation on 100 acres, plus road infrastructure. North Coast forests are at risk. Increased forest fragmentation — the breaking of large intact tracts of forests is driven by the desire to make way for commercial ventures by clearing forest land. A draft marijuana regulation being promoted in Humboldt County would do more than regulate pot — it would further open our forests to development. EPIC and Humboldt Redwood Company don’t often see eye-to-eye, but we agree on this: the marijuana “regulation” currently being forwarded is bad for our forests.

Legendary Landmark—EPIC v. Johnson turns thirty

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Sally.Bell.GroveOne lawsuit seems to transcend the rest, standing as a hallmark accomplishment in changing the legal and regulatory landscape for environmental review and protection on private forestlands in California. EPIC v. Johnson has stood the test of time as one of the most significant legal victories in the effort to properly regulate the private timber industry. EPIC v. Johnson changed the legal and regulatory landscape for the timber industry in California and brought it into the modern age.

2014 Annual Report

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

AR 2014CoverThe Environmental Protection Information Center is proud to present to you our 2014 Annual Report. The report includes an overview of some of our major accomplishments from last year, and a vision for what we plan to do in the coming years. In 2014 we had many victories: we protected ancient redwoods in Richardson Grove, saved northern spotted owl habitat, successfully listed the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act, launched a successful campaign that banned super toxic rat poison and more.

Arcata Film Screening Pickaxe: the Cascadian Free State Story

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

elliott-group-photoEPIC screens Pickaxe: the Cascadian Free State Story at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, Monday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Pickaxe is a documentary that follows a group of activists in their direct action efforts to stop post-fire logging of an old growth forest in Warner Creek, Willamette National Forest, blockading the logging road and repelling the State Police. After the film learn about current efforts to protect old-growth forests in the Klamath National Forest from the Westside Timber Sale.

Caltrans District 1: Wake up and smell the 21st Century

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

richardson_grove_bikesIt is time for a change. Now is time to rein in Caltrans. Last year, an independent report—the SSTI Assessment and Recommendations, authored by the State Smart Transportation Initiative—was released. Commissioned at the behest of Governor Brown, the report found that Caltrans is stuck in an “era of [i]nter-state building” despite calls (since the 1970’s) for more multimodalism, sustainability and less reliance on auto-mobilty.

Moonalice at the Mateel Community Center, March 27

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

HOUSE OF FLOYD LOGO SEP 2013 V2Click here to buy tickets. You’re invited! The event, formerly known as the Pisces Party, benefits EPIC’s efforts to restore the forests and watersheds of the North Coast of California. The Pisces Party is a celebration to welcome the coming spring and honor local activists who are working to create a healthy, sustainable forested landscape for flourishing nature and wildlife, and to safeguard earth’s valuable living resources in a changing climate for current and future generations.

Caltrans Setting Sights on Redwood National Park

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Last Chance GradeCaltrans is in the beginning stages of planning for the Last Chance Grade Project along Highway 101 (10-miles south of Crescent City), where the highway is slipping into the Pacific Ocean. This project would have significant environmental impacts, as the highway would likely be rerouted to the east through Redwood State and National Parks. EPIC is committed to finding the least environmentally destructive alternative for this project and will work tireless to hold Caltrans to the law. We need your help. Please attend the meeting most convenient to you.