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Building Citizen Engagement with Climate Change: Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf, Ph.D.

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

How can you persuasively discuss climate change to motivate your community? How do you encourage your friends, family, neighbors and community leaders to take meaningful action to address these impacts? Those are the questions Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf has investigated beginning in 2007 until her recent retirement from the Yale/Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. Connie will convey strategies she has found effective, and will answer your questions.

BREAKING: HRC Logging Commenced in Mattole Watershed

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Activists on Rainbow Ridge have reported that logging by Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) commenced late Wednesday, June 5, in the last remaining unprotected intact Douglas-fir/hardwood forest in coastal California.Rainbow Ridge, located about 25 miles south of Eureka, has been the scene of resistance to old-growth logging since 1990. Lawsuits, blockades, and tree-sits have kept much of the forest standing.

Darryl Cherney Fundraiser for Gypsy Scholarship

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

On the 20th anniversary of the controversial agreement that established the Headwaters Forest Reserve in Humboldt County, legendary songwriter, singer, and activist Darryl Cherney will raise awareness and memories on March 10, at the Arcata Playhouse to benefit the new David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship fund.

Action Alert: Support Clean, Renewable Energy in Humboldt County

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Take Action Now! On Thursday, February 28, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority will consider whether to transition its electric energy sourcing to 100% clean, renewable power by 2025. The move was brought to RCEA Board of Directors by recommendation from RCEA’s Community Advisory Council. Previously, the Cities of Eureka and Arcata, together with the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and the McKinleyville Community Services District, have passed resolutions expressing their support. This move is further supported by EPIC.

Action Alert: Arcata’s People-First Plaza?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Put People First! Sign Now! Our friends at the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities have an important petition on their website to prioritize pedestrians the Arcata Plaza. We at EPIC urge you to sign on. (We did!) As a local resident, you know that the Arcata Plaza is the heart of the city. During a Farmer’s Market, it is great—alive and vibrant—but most other times, it can be a drag. The Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities wants to “pedestrianize” the plaza—redesign the plaza so that people, not cars or corporations, are put first.

CA Considers Petition to ESA List Klamath-Trinity Spring Chinook Salmon – Comments Needed!

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Action Alert: The Karuk Tribe and the Salmon River Restoration Council have petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to place Klamath-Trinity Spring Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawystscha) on the state’s Endangered Species List. Listing would afford new protections and opportunities to fund habitat restoration.

Rally to Protect Strawberry Rock!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Action Alert: Just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Green Diamond submitted a proposal to log the controversial area adjacent to Strawberry Rock, near the town of Trinidad. The new Timber Harvest Plan is NE of Trinidad and within the coastal zone. The THP proposes 84.6 acres of clearcutting. Strawberry Rock is culturally and spiritually sacred to the Yurok Tribe, but Green Diamond claims that the Timber Harvest Plan (THP) units do not contain any archeological or historical sites of significance.

David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

This coming September will be twenty years since David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain lost his life while trying to prevent illegal logging in an Earth First! Action near Grizzly Creek in the Van Duzen River watershed. To mark this anniversary and remember an idealistic young man, we have established the David Nathan “Gypsy” Chain Memorial Scholarship. Administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation, this fund will provide an annual scholarship of $1,000 for a local high school student or first year student at Humboldt State University or College of the Redwoods who has demonstrated commitment to issues of forest ecology through volunteer or academic projects.

Remembering Ruthanne Cecil

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Our merry gang of misfits and troublemakers is one smaller with the passing of Ruthanne Cecil. Ruthanne was there at the beginning, organizing community members to fight the aerial spraying of herbicides. EPIC was quite different back then—a completely volunteer organization that was once based out of an abandoned step van in Southern Humboldt.

Action Alert: Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Take Action: After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface waters of the lower Smith River. They also found at least ten instances of that water being so toxic that it destroyed the invertebrates that make up the basis of the salmonid food chain (aka “acute and chronic reproductive toxicity”).

Exploring Scattered Public Lands

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The United States began with a great wealth of fertile farmable land, timberland, and minerals. The young nation devised a number of programs, including the Homestead Act, to settle and develop this huge potential. Over time, most useable land was claimed, and the Bureau of Land Management was formed in 1946 to oversee the remaining land. Susan Nolan, longtime EPIC Supporter and 2010 EPIC Volunteer of the Year has visited some of the scattered tracts of land that the BLM manages throughout the region.

Volunteers Needed to Document Cattle Grazing Degradation within our National Forests

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

This summer and fall the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California will again be in the field, monitoring conditions on public lands where cattle and other livestock are permitted to graze. Our task will be to document, with photos, measurements and field notes, how the cattle are managed and the resulting degradation of water quality, riparian and wetland habitats. Along with EPIC, other Project sponsors, organizations and allies, we will then use the documentation to advocate for changes in the way livestock are managed on public land.

Action Alert: Say No to Climate Denier and Yes to Science

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copy Take Action to stop climate change denier from taking cabinet position. On January 19th, Donald Trump selected conservative Republican and climate change denier, Sonny Perdue, to be his Secretary of Agriculture. In 2014, Perdue wrote an opinion article describing climate change as “…a running joke among the public, and liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.”

Help Protect Pristine Smith River Waters

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

SmithR by Casey RobertsTake Action Now: Take a moment to help safeguard the Wild and Scenic Smith River. Public comments are being accepted by the Oregon Water Resources Department to protect the Smith River watershed in Curry County, Oregon for instream purposes. The classification would provide protection for fish, wildlife and recreation.

New: Videos showing local National Forest Grazing damage available online!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

trashedsprg_av-up-e-boulderlk-1This fall for the seventh straight year volunteers with the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing are on the ground in Northern California’s national forests documenting the manner in which public land grazing is being managed or, as is usually the case, mis-managed. What is different this year is that we have video documentation available online.

Documenting Bovine Degradation in Wilderness: A Call for Volunteers From the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Project Volunteer Luke Ruediger surveys bank trampling and riparian shade reduction on the Silver Fork of Elliot Creek within the Siskiyou Ridge portion of Rogue-Siskiyou National ForestThis summer and fall volunteers with the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California will again be in the field monitoring conditions on public lands where cattle and other livestock are permitted to graze. Our task will be to document with photos, measurements and field notes how the cattle are managed and the resulting degradation of water quality, riparian and wetland habitats.

Forest Rules a Self-defeating Glut

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Holm_Fay_date2008-04-09_time16.02.45_IMG_8035 copyTimber industry officials and environmental activists warn that the state’s logging safeguards have become a bureaucratic snarl that can drag out rule-making for a decade and a half and more. Experts say that 43 years after the enactment of the Forest Practice Act, timescales are so out of joint that the pace of environmental damage far outruns preventive action on the ground. Critics say the regulatory framework has recoiled on itself, leaving the system effectively broken.

Westside Truth on the Ground

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

DSC00088Until a few weeks ago I was unfamiliar with the term ‘groundtruthing.’ I knew I wanted to help in some way with the opposition of the Westside logging project and decided to use the skills I already have. Backpacking has been one of my favorite outdoor activities for years, so groundtruthing, which combines exploring the backcountry, naturalism, photography and activism quickly became my new favorite activity.

California’s Humboldt Martens Gain Candidate List Protection Under CA Endangered Species Act

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Marten Press Release 2-11-16In response to a petition from EPIC, the California Fish and Game Commission today voted to make coastal martens a “candidate” species under the California Endangered Species Act. As candidates, coastal martens cannot be killed or harmed and will receive a year-long formal “status review” that will most likely lead to them being formally listed under the Act a year from now. Also known as the Humboldt marten, the coastal marten is a cat-sized carnivore found in the old-growth forests of Northern California and southern Oregon. The marten’s forest habitat has been decimated by logging, likely leaving fewer than 100 coastal martens left in California.

EPIC Supports the Pomo People Near Willits in a Struggle with Caltrans

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

fredshortculturalgenocideThe Willits Bypass is a grossly overbuilt project consisting of a 6-mile stretch of new freeway that bypasses a town of 5,000 people with a price tag of over $300 million for the first 2-lane phase of construction. Many First Nation’s cultural sites have been destroyed; most significantly an entire ancestral village skewered by wick drains and buried under 30 feet of fill. Details of the misdeeds of Caltrans are painfully described in letters from local Tribes.