We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and finding time to immerse themselves in one of our exceptional wild areas!
Our big event of the summer is almost here, so don’t forget to purchase a ticket for our “you’ve got to be there” Summer Bar-B-Q party on August 27. All proceeds for the event will go straight to the NEC! This party is shaping up to have great food such as fresh caught tuna, Alaskan salmon, local bread, salad, desserts, jazzy swing music by Fred Neighbor & Junior, beer & wine fueled lawn games and quality mingle time. This party is held at a beautiful private residence so tickets are limited. Get your tickets early—this event always sells out! See the ad on the backpage for the link to buy tickets online.
If there’s ever been a day to not miss in Humboldt, September 16 is that day! Here is why:
• 38th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Sign up now to become a site captain, join a team of people cleaning up at your favorite beach, or join the NEC’s team to clean up South Clam Beach. Find more information on our website www.yournec.org/coastalcleanup.
• North Country Fair. Happening the third weekend in September on the Arcata Plaza, the 44th annual North Country Fair is full of music, entertainment, informational booths and craft vendors. The NEC will have a booth with information, merchandise for sale, and our first annual Endangered Art Show! We will also be offering letter-writing materials at our booth with supplies available to write a letter or postcard to your elected representatives. Our goal is to send 1,000 letters to our elected representatives—either thanking them for their support of protecting national monuments or the EPA budget, or encouraging them to ensure adequate protections for clean water or public lands. Our Washington D.C. Legal Analyst Dan Sealy will be available to help answer questions and provide support.
• Endangered Art Show. All are encouraged to submit art featuring a U.S. endangered species, to help us educate the community on the importance of protecting these species. Submitted art will be on display at our booth during the North Country Fair and afterward in our office. Copies of art will then be sent to Washington D.C. to make sure they see why the Endangered Species Act matters to us. Some of the art will be entered into a silent auction (details coming soon) so be sure to check it out!
• All Species Parade. After being held on Sunday during the North Country Fair for many years, this festive tradition has been moved to Saturday! That’s right, Saturday! The parade’s theme this year is Sanctuary for All Species. Bring a costume, mask, make-up, sign, banner, or some other way to celebrate the diversity of life on our planet! This is a kid-friendly event, so bring the whole family! We are also encouraging organizations and groups to participate together and coordinate themed costumes.
To participate in this year’s parade, meet in the Tri-Counties bank parking lot in Arcata at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. NEC staff will be present to help organize, and at 1 p.m. Bandemonium will lead the parade around the Arcata Plaza!
Thanks to all who have responded to our spring fund appeal. Your support is needed more than ever to advocate and educate on the importance of clean water, clean air, public lands and protection of all species. If you haven’t had the chance to donate to the NEC you can do so anytime on our website, by sending in a check, calling with your credit card information, or stopping by our office.
As you’ll see on the back page of this issue, our Technology Update Fundometer is rising! One gracious member has offered to provide a matching grant once we receive $5,000. Your funds will allow us to not only replace outdated computers, but purchase computers for our staff and interns who do not have a computer at their desk! The NEC office has become quite the hub this summer and with our limited functioning computers we added a new question during our intern interviews: “Do you have a laptop you can bring with you?” Please help so we can remove this question next year! All donations earmarked ‘tech update’ will go towards this project.
If you missed the last EcoNews issue, you might not know that the NEC has a chance to go solar! Solar panels and their installation labor has been donated by our local solar guru Roger, the go-ahead received from our landlord, and now the big challenge—we need to raise $2,400 to cover the City of Arcata solar permit, various electrical supplies and solar racks. We’ve received $330 so far. If each of our wonderful members would send in $5-10 or even more, earmarked for ‘solar’, we’d be on track to having our office completely solar by the fall. Please send in your check, call to pay by credit card or donate on our website at www.yournec.org.
One of our long-term benefactors Carol Whitehurst passed away earlier this year. Carol not only considerately donated on a yearly basis, but was one of our lenders for remediation of our previous location. Her dedication and support of the NEC will continue on as she left a very generous gift to the NEC as part of her estate plan. This gift will allow the NEC to continue being the voice for environmental issues on the north coast. If this type of estate planning is of interest to you please call us at the NEC for more information, 707-822-6918.