Posts by Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson

New Humboldt Marten Zip-Up Sweatshirts: Purchase Today!

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Happy April to all!  We now have the beautiful Humboldt marten design in ZIP-UP sweatshirts! Very warm and cozy for the unpredictable Humboldt spring weather. This design celebrates listing the Humboldt marten as threatened on the endangered species list with an incredible Humboldt marten woodblock design by amazing artist Fiona Bearclaw. Order today here! All proceeds go to our work protecting critters like the marten and their habitats.

Join Us For An Earth Day Ivy Pull On April 15th!

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Help celebrate Earth Day 2021 by helping to free the trees from invasive English ivy on April 15th from 1:00-4:00 PM!  In partnership with No Ivy League, we’ll remove invasive ivy from the ground and trees along the junction of Stagecoach Road and Anderson Road in Trinidad, CA. English ivy climbs the native trees and eventually causes them to die, removing important coastal erosion buffers. By removing the ivy, we will help to maintain the diverse coastal forests that we know and love. All ages welcome, register today!

Practice Green Friday: Buy Nothing Or Support Local!

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Skipping the madness of Black Friday and big box stores this year is an especially great idea considering the current circumstances. Instead of opting for online big business, check out other online options for supporting small, local businesses and non-profits, or spend nothing and get outside! However, if it’s your day to get on top of holiday presents consciously, EPIC has you covered! We are excited to showcase our new 2020 merchandise that celebrates listing the Humboldt marten as threatened on the endangered species list.

Are You A North Coast Co-op Member? Vote For EPIC By Nov. 19th!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

EPIC is one out of twenty-seven local, nonprofit organizations that applied and qualified to be part of the Co-op’s Seeds for Change Round-up Program. Seeds for Change is a community-giving opportunity that allows customers to ‘round up’ their Co-op purchases to the nearest dollar and give directly to local organizations that are doing important work to better our community. Please vote for EPIC before Nov. 19th to become a recipient!

Thank You For An EPIC Virtual Fall Celebration!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Much like the willow tree, everyone this year has had to be flexible and bend to the strange winds we have been dealt. We weren’t sure how it would go having our Annual Fall Celebration––usually a raucous yet cozy affair with live bands and a full bar–– completely virtual. Yet, we bent and improvised and reassessed. Luckily, we found that we were able to offer much of what we usually have at our Fall Celebration. While we truly missed dancing and toasting in person, we were absolutely overtaken with how fun this year’s event still was. 

Trick or Treat? EPIC Goodies For Your Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

This year’s Halloween not only comes on a Saturday, but also on a full moon! A perfect night for lots of silly tricks… and also lots of wonderful treats! EPIC has some great treats to share with you all in honor of our Annual Fall Celebration. Get ready for the weekend after Halloween by pre-reserving or bidding on TREATS this Halloween weekend!

Save The Date! The 43rd Annual EPIC ‘Virtual’ Fall Celebration: Bringing The Wild To You

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

As some may have figured, this year’s Fall Celebration will be looking a little different. On behalf of the staff and board of EPIC, you are cordially invited to the The 43rd Annual EPIC ‘Virtual’ Fall Celebration starting at 6pm on Friday, November 6th, 2020 on Zoom. Despite not getting to see your lovely faces in person, we are certainly looking forward to this event! We will be featuring a wonderful schedule, complete with break-out happy hour groups, live music, catered meals, and a great silent auction. Please join us this November 6th!

Intersections of Police, Racism, and the Environment

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Late last week, EPIC released our statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and made a pledge to further intersectionality in our own environmental community by providing educational resources, platforms for these discussions, and concrete actions. One of the small actions we took within our statement was to endorse certain California legislation for creating improvements on the ground in our state without police intervention. While we endorsed these reforms, we also wrote in support of the eventual abolishment of the police and carceral system as a whole. However, some might not find an obvious connection between environmentalism, racism, and policing. They may ask, where does this connection begin and how does abolishing the police and carceral system pertain to environmentalism and intersectionality? 

Your Comments Needed: Protect Roosevelt Elk From Increased Hunting

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

In Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the Roosevelt elk populations are estimated to consist of varying herds of only about 1,600 individuals (although these numbers are still largely unknown and unpublished). Despite these comparatively small population sizes, recreational hunting tags for elk are issued every year through the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC), even while collected data shows that elk herds overall do not seem to increase significantly each year and some herds even decline over time. In spite of that data, CFGC currently has a proposal on the table from California Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to increase the hunting tags for Roosevelt elk in Humboldt and Del Norte counties from 108 to 148 for the 2020-2021 season in order to reduce human-elk “conflicts”.

Action Alert: EPA Suspends Industry Regulations During COVID-19

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

On March 13th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order to indefinitely suspend enforcement actions for companies normally regulated under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While facilities such as refineries and chemical plants continue to operate during the pandemic, they are no longer required to report when their factories discharge certain levels of pollution into the air or water. Please take a moment to let EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler know how you feel by sending him a letter expressing your disappointment with him for relaxing industry regulations instead of safeguarding the environment and our communities.

Pacific Northwest In March: Native Blooms

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Homebound and feeling antsy? As spring approaches, so many incredible native plants are blooming in Humboldt County. Take a walk, get some fresh air, and be prepared to be wowed by some of the new blooms out in the forest. As always, be respectful and careful of wild blooms, many animals and pollinators rely on them for their survival!

Get Funky For The Forest At EPIC’s Forest Prom: POSTPONED

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

UPDATE: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the EPIC Forest Prom will be postponed until further notice. We look forward to celebrating with you all potentially in the fall.

Letter To Planning Commissioner John Ford: Reaching A CAP Emissions Target

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

This letter was submitted by email to Planning Commissioner John Ford on the forthcoming multijurisdictional Climate Action Plan in response to the recent Eureka presentation regarding the matter.

EPIC Music Benefit ft. Axon Orchestra on Feb. 5th, Arcata Playhouse

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Axon Orchestra will be playing at the Arcata Playhouse on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:30-10:00 pm as a benefit for EPIC. Axon Orchestra is a world music, gypsy-jazz inspired ensemble featuring Fabrice Martinez on Violin, Dusty Brough on Guitar, and Miles Jay on stand-up bass. Doors will open at 6:30 and a dinner with hearty soup, salad and locally-baked bread will be available along with local beer, wine, and creatively curated cocktails. Tickets will be for sale at the door for $12-$20 sliding scale with no one turned away. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes and come support EPIC!

Looking Toward A New Decade: Reflections From 2019

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

EPIC is looking forward to this new year and decade with a renewed gusto and spirit. After a tumultuous but overall successful year, it is always important to look back on the victories and losses that were had in the previous year to re-inspire for another year of action and change. We are eternally grateful to our members, allies, and friends who continue to provide the support and momentum to keep us working hard to protect the forests and creatures that we care so deeply about! 

2020 EPIC Board of Directors: Two New Faces And A Farewell to Shawnee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

EPIC is proud to announce the 2020 Board of Directors. As a membership organization, our board is elected by our members every fall. This year we welcome two new faces onto the board and say goodbye to another. Thank you Shawnee for all of your years on the EPIC Board!

BREAKING: By a 4-1 Vote, Board of Supervisors Vote Down Terra-Gen Project

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

In a close vote, the Board of Supervisors denied the controversial Terra-Gen Project. The project has drawn considerable opposition from a variety of perspectives. Conservation groups expressed their dismay at the significant and unavoidable impacts to wildlife, some of which we have detailed here. The Wiyot Tribe and other expressed their opposition because of impacts to culturally significant areas, and their rallying cry of Tsakiyuwit!, the historical name for their sacred space, was the clearest defining issue of the debate.

2019 EPIC Fall Celebration Highlights and Thank You’s

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

The EPIC Fall Celebration at the Mateel Community Center was a great success thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who were on the ground making the event a smooth and fun experience, our awesome attendees, and of course, the many wonderful and talented community members and businesses that donated this year. We extend our gratitude and blessings to all mentioned and especially to Dennis Cunningham for making the long trip up to accept the Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Peek Into the Forest Cauldron: Witch’s Butter

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

What could that globular, oozing, alien-like substance be emerging from that dead tree or log you are passing? There’s a good chance that it is one of the spookiest condiments of the forest: witch’s butter, known also as jelly fungi. Is it orange, black, white, yellow? There are a variety of types of jelly fungi which are umbrellaed under the common name of witch’s butter. These fungi have slightly different characteristics, ranging from parasitic to edible, but all share the commonality of revival. They can survive for months without any water, conserving their energy by drying up into a hardened ball, but within two hours of rain, they begin reconstitution and start reproducing spores.

Volunteers Needed: EPIC Fall Celebration

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Are you looking for a way to plug into the community and give back before the holidays while having fun? Support EPIC by volunteering for our Fall Celebration this November 9th, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. We ask that volunteers give 3-4 hours of their time for a shift. Volunteering comes with free entry, dinner, and ample time to boogie! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rhiannon at [email protected] or call (707) 822-7711.