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Call Like a Pro: Easy tips to make your advocacy more effective

By Elizabeth Connor

A phone is a powerful tool, if wielded effectively. To maximize your impact, follow these tips, courtesy of Elizabeth Conner, former legislative staff for Boston City Council, lobbyist for Massachusetts Tenants Organization, and Arcata City Council Member. In light of recent national events, Elizabeth decided to write up these tips to encourage and make it easier for others to pick up the phone and tell elected officials how they want them to vote.

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Marching for Our Future

By Claire Roth

If movements could speak, they would laugh, yell, and cry out with rage into the faces of their opponents. Movements are, however, dependent on the voices of those willing to speak up on their behalf. The 2017 March for Science and the People’s Climate March have shown that these voices have found their volume and will continue to push for environmental awareness and reform in a time that is more challenging and dire than ever.

A lack of scientific literacy in politics has resulted in the belittlement of science and scientific research and denial of scientific facts such as climate change. This has catalyzed global communities—and not just the scientific ones—into taking measures to ward off scientific stagnancy and ignorance while also protecting and promoting science’s invaluable presence in social, political, and environmental conversations. Realizing that progress is not made through sitting quietly in willful ignorance, but through marching in defiance of social, political, and environmental injustices has invigorated new generations of activists. 

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National Monuments Under Threat

By Ryan Hansen

Anti-public land sentiment in Washington, DC is at a fever pitch these days given the domination of the House, Senate and White House by anti-conservation interests. The first victim was Bureau of Land Management planning rules, overturned by Congress in March. The next intended victims are America’s national monuments—unless we take action.

While national parks, wilderness areas, and most other heavily-protected areas of federal public land can only be established by an act of Congress, American presidents were given the authority to establish national monuments by the Antiquities Act of 1906. Many of America’s National Parks, including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Pinnacles, and Lassen, among a long list of others, were first protected as national monuments before Congress designated them as parks. 

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Kin to the Earth: Dr. Lowell Diller

By Gary Falxa and CJ Ralph

Our ecoregion lost a true friend to wildlife when Dr. Lowell Diller passed away on March 4. Lowell was a consummate wildlife biologist and conservationist, a role model, a dear mentor, and a treasured and trusted colleague.

Growing up around Grants Pass, he developed a love for things wild and after getting a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1981, he took an academic position in the Biology Department at Frostburg State University in Maryland. In 1990, he took a job where he felt he could put his academic ideas into practice and then spent the rest of his career in Northwestern California as the senior wildlife biologist for the Simpson Timber Company (now Green Diamond).

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Summer Bar-B-Q Party! Aug 27

Join NEC staff, board members, supporters and friends at our Summer Bar-B-Q Party!

August 27

3-7pm, at a private Arcata location

This fun outdoor party will feature live music, lawn games, locally brewed beverages and a delicious dinner! Meat and vegetarian options will be available.

Limited number of tickets available, so get yours early!

Click here to buy your tickets online, or stop by the NEC office during open hours!

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Endangered Art Show

The NEC wants to help you tell Washington D.C. why the Endangered Species Act matters, though art! 

This year at the North Country Fair, an Endangered Art Show will be on display at the NEC's booth! Art will feature U.S. endangered species, and copies of the art pieces will be mailed to President Trump after the event. Be sure to come by the NEC booth and check it out!

Want to participate?

Submit your art to the NEC for the Endangered Art Show and have it displayed online and at the North Country Fair. Artists can choose to donate their art or pick it up after the North Country Fair. Donated art will be entered into a silent auction that will help cover postage costs for mailing to President Trump, and other NEC programs. 

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All Species Parade -
Saturday Sept. 16!

Join the NEC for this year's All Species Parade! This year, the parade wil be on Saturday, September 16 during the North Country Fair; the same day as Coastal Cleanup Day! Come out and help the NEC celebrate all species. 

To participate in this year's parade, meet in the Tri-Counties bank parking lot at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 16. Bring a costume, mask, make-up, sign, banner, or some other way to celebrate! Bring friends, family, or co-workers! If you are part of a group, it could be fun to all dress as the same or similar species to represent your organization or group.

NEC staff will be present to help everyone organize and at 1pm will lead the parade in a march around the Arcata Plaza!

There will be two costume-making workshops leading up to the parade, and a mixer at the NEC after the North Country Fair on Saturday. More information on these will be posted as details develop!

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Great Old Broads in the Redwoods!
 

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by elders, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Formed in 1989 by a feisty bunch of lady hikers in Utah, today there are over 5000 members across the country and 36 Broadbands (local chapters) supporting grassroots advocacy to ensure wilderness and wild places are preserved for future generations. 

The Great Old Broads are hosting two multi-day events this summer in redwood country educate about the history, natural history and legislative promise in our region. Among other guests, Ryan Henson of the California Wilderness Coalition will speak to the group both weeks about our proposed legislation and Kimberly Baker of EPIC will provide updates on current work with the forest management in the Klamath/Siskiyou region.

Participants will also have the option to register for a kayak trip down the Smith River through old-growth redwood forest.

For more information or to register, visit the links below:

Redwoods Broadwalk I: July 6-10 

Redwoods Broadwalk II: July 13-17