Photo: Martin Swett



Bringing California Condors Back to Humboldt Skies

California condor: Photo: Gavin Emmons, National Park Service (NPS)California condor: Photo: Gavin Emmons, National Park Service (NPS)

By Dan Sealy

The Yurok people believe the world is out of balance. Human beings have tilted it out of balance by misusing our resources and through lack of respect for one another.  Condors soar into the sky carrying prayers on their wings. Returning the condor toward our skies is a step to bringing balance. 




Applications Filed to Remove Klamath Dams

Press Release: On Friday, September 23, PacifiCorp and the newly formed non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), filed motions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that seek to transfer the lower four Klamath dams to the KRRC for the purpose of decommissioning and removal. “Today we reached yet another milestone along the path to restoring the Klamath River,” said Karuk Councilman Joshua Saxon.




Historic Gathering of Native Tribes to Protest Pipeline

By Morgan Corviday

On the open plains of South Dakota, a rumbling can be heard across the waves of golden grass. But it is not the thunder of pounding buffalo hooves, as would have been heard hundreds of years ago. Today, it is the growl of bulldozers and the beating of sacred drums that echo across the land.




Proposition 64 Would Legalize Cannabis—But at What Cost?

By Tom Wheeler

Californians will be asked this November whether or not to legalize the use of cannabis. Multiple initiatives for legalization had been proposed for the 2016 ballot, but only Proposition 64 qualified. Much has been written about the social costs of prohibition, and while the legalization of cannabis may be a step forward for civil rights, the environmental protections—or lack thereof—are concerning.




Kin to the Earth: Dave Feral

By Neal Latt

Dave began Mad River Alliance (MRA) around 2012 after living astride the river watershed in Blue Lake (“BlueCata”) for ten-odd years on small acreage and seeing firsthand the issues the river faced. His love and intimate association with the outdoors motivated his desire to act. 




Hiking Into Headwaters: A Celebratory Return for Activists

By Rob DiPerna

On a recent Saturday, seventeen-and-a-half years after the Headwaters Forest Reserve was established as a part of the BLM National Conservation Lands system, 30 years after protests began, and 20 years after the big ‘96 rally, I had the distinct honor of guiding a group of individuals who had spearheaded the Campaign to Save Headwaters Forest from 1986-1999 and fought hard to save this place from the saw and bulldozer, back into the forest. 












We're Moving!

On December 1, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Baykeeper and Californians for Alternatives to Toxins (CATS) will have new headquarters in the Cooper Building at 415 I Street in Arcata. This new location will be more accessible and visible for volunteers, interns, and interested community members. It will also enable NEC to continue to provide meeting space for the California Native Plant Society, Redwood Region Audubon Society, and other member groups.

"We are excited to launch this new chapter in a better position to engage the community in what will certainly be challenging times for environmental advocacy," said Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper.

An Open House will be held on Thursday, January 26th from 5-7pm for all to celebrate the new headquarters. Until then, members and the public are welcome to stop by for a peek at the progress.




NEC Chooses to Reuse!
The NEC staff know that switching from single-use to reusable products and packaging is one of the most significant steps to take in reducing waste and carbon footprint. We are proud to join with Zero Waste Humboldt to reduce waste!



Welcome Bella Waters!
We have big news at the NEC this month. We’ve taken what I predict is a big step forward and have hired an Administrative/Development Director. We’re very excited about the candidate we selected—Bella Waters!
Please come by the NEC to welcome Bella to our team!




NEC Leadership Honored by Humboldt Dems
The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee is proud to announce that it will be honoring environmental and community activists Chris Beresford and Larry Glass at the 32nd annual Democrat of the Year dinner on October 14, 2016 at the River Lodge in Fortuna.