Posts by Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson

Join Us For A Summer Ivy Pull On July 15th!

Monday, June 14th, 2021
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We had such a great time during our Earth Day Ivy Pull in partnership with the No Ivy League, that we have decided to make Ivy Pulls a new quarterly event for EPIC! For our Summer Ivy Pull, we will continue our previous work to remove invasive ivy from the ground and trees along the junction of Stagecoach Road and Anderson Road in Trinidad, CA. Join us on Thursday, July 15th!


Join Us: 2nd Annual Paddle Out For Justice On June 6th!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Please join us for the 2nd Annual Paddle Out for Justice organized by a group of Humboldt surfers and community members on Sunday, June 6, 2021. This event aims to make visible the injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and peoples of color in our communities and nation, to honor the memories of those killed at the hands of police, and to raise money for six amazing local organizations.


Action Alert: Protect Forests for Earth Day 🌎

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Please join us in calling on the US Department of Agriculture to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old growth forests, limit post-fire logging, and protect our watersheds as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change and protect 30 percent of land and water by 2030.  When we protect our forests from logging, we both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure these forests continue to store vast amounts of carbon —a win-win climate change solution! Comment Today!


Thanks For An EPIC Earth Day Ivy Pull!

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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We are so thankful for all of the great volunteers that made it out to the Earth Day Ivy Pull on April 15th! It was a special treat after all these months to be working with our community and getting to be hands-on in the forest, making space for native species and giving the trees room to breathe! We are planning on doing this again in the future, we eventually hope to make this a quarterly collaboration with the dedicated folks at the No Ivy League. If you missed this event, please keep your eyes open for an invitation in the next few months by signing up for our newsletters.


New Humboldt Marten Zip-Up Sweatshirts: Purchase Today!

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!