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Coastal Cleanup Day a Success!

The PacOut Green Team poses for a group photo on Coastal Cleanup Day 2017. Photo: PacOut Green Team.

By Anne Maher

Over five tons of debris cleaned on the North Coast on Coastal Cleanup Day!

Saturday, September 16, hundreds of Humboldt County residents woke up early to go out, get a little dirty and pick up some trash for Coastal Cleanup Day 2017. Elementary, middle, high schoolers, college and volunteers who have been with us for years all showed up for the cleanup. This widely celebrated day is an annual tradition for many, and we welcome many more volunteers each year. At almost 60 different sites more than 600 volunteers purged our local beaches and waterways for the better half of the morning and throughout the day, amassing over five tons of garbage!

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Spectacular All Species Parade!

Rob DiPerna and Briana Villalobos of EPIC pose under their Richardson Grove State Park umbrella. Photo courtesty of Rob DiPerna.

By Anne Maher

September 16 marked another successful All Species Parade! This festive celebration of all species, organized by the NEC, crowded the Arcata plaza with wolves, spiders, owls and more as it marched through the North Country Fair. The Trillium Dance Studio led the parade as a flock of butterflies, followed by Bandemonium and a youth drumline. The HSU River Otter Citizen Science Project, clad as a romp of river otters, walked alongside 350 Humboldt as they bobbed a school of salmon overhead. Folks from the Arcata Playhouse teetered behind with stilt walkers and grand masked puppeteers, and towards the back came the Pacific Alliance for Indigenous and Environmental Action with their Log Walk to Heal the Forest. Hundreds of other critters hopped, crawled, and slithered alongside to the beat of the booming music.

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New Draft Wilderness Proposal

 Hiking in the Yolla-Bolly wilderness. Photo: Scott LaMorte.

By Ryan Hansen

Congressman Huffman shares a draft vision for protecting and restoring threatened wild lands and streams on federal public lands in northwestern California.

The NEC and other conservation groups have spent decades fighting to restore and defend northwestern California’s federal public lands against powerful industries seeking to log the forests, mine the earth, and fill in what remained with paved roads.

The latest chapter in this historic struggle is a happy one: Congressman Jared Huffman has released draft legislation known as the Northern California Conservation and Recreation Act that would establish a massive Special Restoration Area and protect threatened wild lands and streams on federal public lands in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties. Congressman Huffman has posted a copy of this legislation on his website for public review HERE.

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#GivingTuesday - Support Environmental News, Ecological Legislation Advocacy, Coastal Programs, and more!

NEC logo - #GivingTuesday

We are excited to let you know that we have been accepted to join the Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. This is a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Newman's Own Foundation where 501c3 organizations compete to raise the most money, with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations.

This competition starts on November 21st and a total of $500,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge. We're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $150,000 grand prize donation!

By donating today, you help us to compete in a Bonus Day! For every $500 donated, we are entered to win $2500.              

CLICK HERE to donate to our Newman's Own #GivingTuesday Campaign! 

 

 

Attack on Antiguities Act Underway:
What you can do today

Two weeks ago, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), introduced the most aggressive attack on the Antiquities Act in recent history. H.R. 3990, the "National Monument Creation and Protection Act," is a radical and unprecedented attempt to gut the Antiquities Act, the law that creates national monuments and has established most national parks. This is one of the most anti-conservation, anti-sportsmen, anti-science pieces of legislation we have ever seen and would cripple the authority of the Antiquities Act.

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