NEC Member Groups

NEC Member Groups

California Native Plant Society, Northcoast Chapter

Originally formed in 1965 in the east bay region, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters, seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening.

North Group, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is one of the largest and oldest environmental organizations in the country. The Club's purpose is to protect and restore wild places, public health and wildlife for future generations. It is a non-profit, member supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation by influencing public policy decisions—legislative, administrative, legal and electoral.

The North Group encompassses all Sierra Club members living in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Western Siskiyou counties.

Redwood Region Audubon Society

The Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) was founded in 1969 and is the Northwest California chapter of the National Audubon Society. This energetic community of conservation-minded people is active in many ways. Redwood Region Audubon is a volunteer, non-profit organization with approximately 600 members. The chapter relies on the energy and commitment of its members to keep Redwood Region Audubon Society a strong and effective local conservation organization.

Humboldt Baykeeper

Humboldt Baykeeper was launched in October 2004 with a mission "to safeguard our coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay community through education, scientific research, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution."  Humboldt Baykeeper's programs involve scientists, students, boaters, fishermen, and other concerned citizens in the important work of protecting Humboldt Bay, its associated watersheds, and the coast through community education, water-quality monitoring, and pollution control.

Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (SAFE)

SAFE is a non-profit coalition organization of citizens in Trinity County and beyond. They have worked on forestry and wilderness issues with Citizens for Better Forestry, the Trinity Alps Group, the Wilderness Trust and Trinity River Land Trust, California Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CCAP), the South Fork Mountain Defense Fund, EPIC, the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Earth Justice and others.

SAFE can be reached at PO Box 1510, Hayfork, CA 96041.

Friends of the Eel River

The Friends of the Eel River's mission is to restore the Eel River and all her tributaries to a natural state of abundance, wild and free. The Eel River is California’s third largest watershed, third largest salmon producing river, and second largest steelhead producing river. This fishery was the first to fail on the north coast, before the Klamath and before the Sacramento. The Eel’s headwaters are dammed and diverted to the Russian River, taking more than half of this cold, clean water so necessary for a healthy fishery to mask the problems on the Russian. It’s dams are now a century old, block spawning and rearing habitat so necessary to this once vital fishery and hold back much needed gravels for a fully operative river system. Removing these dams is one of FOER's top priorities.

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a community based, non-profit organization that advocates for science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s Forests. EPIC was founded in 1977 when local residents came together to successfully end aerial applications of herbicides by industrial logging companies in Humboldt County. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach that combines public education, citizen advocacy and strategic litigation.


Associate Member Groups


Friends of Del Norte

Zero Waste Humboldt

Californians for Alternative to Toxics (CATS)