Photo: Martin Swett



2016 Year in Review

By Bella Waters

Coastal Programs, Coastal Cleanup Day, Adopt-a-Beach, Adopt-a-Block, EcoNews, EcoNews Report, Coastal Currents, Birdathon, NEC Member Organizations and more!




Extreme Weather on the Rise

By Jenna Cyprus

Thanks to new data, research, and studies speaking to the veracity of global warming and human-induced climate change, some of the staunchest resisters are now coming to their senses and recognizing the very real issues our world faces in the coming decades. 

Last year, hurricane research conducted by Florida State geography professor Jim Elsner and Namyoung Kang, deputy director of the National Typhoon Center in South Korea was published in Nature Climate Change. The research found that warmer ocean temperatures—induced by manmade climate change—are fueling stronger hurricanes. “We’re seeing fewer hurricanes, but the ones we do see are more intense,” Elsner said. “When one comes, all hell can break loose.”





Karuk, Yurok Oppose Klamath LNG Pipeline

By Natalya Estrada

The Karuk Tribe announced it’s opposition [in early November] to the Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 232-mile long pipeline that would travel throughout southern Oregon, in an effort to protect the Klamath River in Northern California. The pipeline is commonly referred to as the LNG (liquid natural gas) pipeline and would be 36 inches in diameter and stretch from Malin, Oregon to Coos Bay, Oregon. 

The Yurok Tribe also opposed the LNG pipeline along with the Klamath Justice Coalition, a group originally formed around the “Un-dam the Klamath” campaign. Georgiana Gensaw of the Yurok Tribe said it was counterproductive to proceed with this kind of project, especially when the Klamath was still healing from damage caused by the dams which were recently set to be removed by 2020.




We’re On Our Own: California’s Environment and a Trump Presidency

By Chris Clarke

Commentary: It’s always a bad sign when the most hopeful argument you can come up with is that maybe the person you’re worried about doesn’t actually mean what they say. It’s a rationalization that props up bad marriages and keeps people in bad jobs, the kind of argument that prompts therapists to offer aphorisms like “When someone tells you who they are, believe them.” Based on what Trump has told us about himself thus far, we should expect the views of scientists and other experts to be deprecated in policymaking, likely to an unprecedented degree. If there’s any glimmer of silver lining in all this, it’s that California has plenty of examples of how it can protect the environment when the feds don’t. On many occasions, as previous administrations fell short in their environmental protection obligations, California has taken the lead to set sane environmental policies.




Kin to the Earth: Mark Lovelace

By Jennifer Kalt

“Though I’ll be stepping down from the Board, I’ll continue to be involved in County issues, just as I was for many years before running for the Board,” said Lovelace. “There are many ways to contribute to this community. Serving in public office is just one of them.”




Changing the Game: California’s Forests and Global Climate Change

By Rob DiPerna

California’s forests can help us fight climate change—if we let them. By recognizing the value of healthy, intact forests, we can use regulations and incentives to invest in the preservation and restoration of our forests, not only curbing climate change, but preserving clean air and water while protecting and restoring native habitat and biodiversity. California’s forests can store carbon dioxide while mitigating the increasingly extreme effects of global climate change. Incredibly, scientists have shown that deforestation and other logging that depletes forestland productivity are the second-largest source of global carbon dioxide emissions after fossil fuel combustion. 






Protecting Northwestern California’s Public Lands in Uncertain Political Times

The BLM will take public input into consideration as it updates the Resource Management Plan. Once approved, the new plan will dictate how agency lands are managed for the next 15 to 20 years. It is imperative that supporters of wilderness, wildlife and clean water get involved in this important process given that there are many in Congress pushing for development on--or even and the wholesale disposal of--federally-owned public lands. We also do not know how the incoming Trump administration will change the work of the BLM in Northwestern California. If you care about public lands in this region, make your voice heard.

Read more here





Join the NEC in our new office space at 415 I Street in Arcata for drinks, food, and fun! Meet the NEC and get to know our location and programs.

Enjoy drinks, food and good company with volunteers, staff, board members and fellow supporters dedicated to protecting our North Coast. Celebrate the successes of 2016 and look to the year ahead! 

- Please bring your own reusable dishware and cups. (We do not have facilities to wash dishes onsite.)

- Parking is limited so we encourage biking or carpooling! 

Thursday, January 2, 5-7pm

at the new NEC and Humboldt Baykeeper offices in the Cooper Building: 415 I St, Arcata
(between Richard’s Goat and Seventh Generation Fund)

We hope to see you there!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information or call us at 822-6918.




Welcome Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

The NEC welcomes Californians for Alternatives to Toxics as our newest Associate Member group!
We are excited to help the organization move forward with us into the next chapter of environmental conservation in California and our bioregion.

Visit the CATs website



We've Moved!

On December 1, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Baykeeper and Californians for Alternatives to Toxins (CATS) moved to 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!