Public Lands

whittler2004-06-27_058aNorthwestern California’s public lands include some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America. Together, the complex of national forests, national, state, and county parks, lands managed by other federal and state agencies, and rivers protected under both state and federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts in this corner of California should offer significant protection to the region’s unique endowment of species and ecosystems. EPIC works to ensure that these lands are managed to maximize their benefits for conservation.

Some of the environmental issues affecting public lands include: timber sales, wildfire management, salvage logging, grazing, mining and illegal water diversions. EPIC staff and volunteers go out into field and monitor what is happening on the ground. Because our public lands are so vast, it is imperative that people get involved in their own wild back yards and monitor and advocate for wild places that are threatened by destructive practices.

Timber Sale Monitoring

For a complete guide for timber sale monitoring, download the Bark Groundtruthing Guide. The Bark Groundtruthing Survey Form is an excellent resource for citizens to use for surveying a particular area for timber sales.

Grazing Reform Project

Since its inception in 2009, The Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California has utilized volunteers and interns to monitor grazing on-the-ground within Northern California wilderness and other public lands. All on-the-ground monitoring, including monitoring conducted by Project staff, is 100% volunteer. If you can carry a pack and hike off-trail, you can monitor how grazing is managed on Northern California’s public lands. And, with a little bit of training and support, you can monitor and document the negative results of poorly managed public land grazing on your own or with friends.

On-the Ground grazing monitoring as practiced by the Project involves walking those parts of wilderness areas and other public lands where livestock grazing occurs. We walk the grazing allotments from May through October conducting surveys and using photographs and video to document the impacts to springs, stream-side vegetation, water quality, meadows and wetlands that result from poorly managed grazing.

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Northwest California’s Public Lands

National Forests
Four national forests, totaling some 5.4 million acres, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: the Six Rivers, Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Mendocino national forests.

Bureau of Land Management lands
King Range especially the smaller disjunct parcels across northwest California, California Coastal National Monument

National Wildlife Refuge lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

National Park Service
Redwood National Park

State Parks
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Sinkiyone State Park, Richardson Grove State Park, Tolowa Dunes State Park

County Parks
Clam Beach and Centerville Beach in Humboldt County

State Forest
Jackson State Forest in Mendocino County, managed by CalFIRE

Community Forests
Arcata, Weaverville

Click here to read news and updates in EPIC’s Public Lands Archive.