Action Needed: NW California Wilderness Bill JUST reintroduced that will protect special places and waters. Thank yous needed!

Underwood PWA Photo Credit Steve Evans
Underwood PWA Photo: Steve Evans.

 Your Action Needed!

Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris just reintroduced the  Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation & Working Forests Act bill. Now we need to show them our appreciation and support via letters to the editor.

If you have helped the Northcoast Environmental Center support the NW California Rivers and Mountains public lands bill in the past, Thank You! and we need your support again. If you have not heard about this conservation effort and would like to support it now, welcome, we need you!

We do not get opportunities to save this much public land in our time – this is one of those times!

The NEC has worked with a coalition of conservation groups including the California Wilderness Coalition, the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and others to help craft this legislation. But we need you! The Congressman and Senator need to know our community is excited about their public lands bill.

What you can do!

1) Contact Congressman Huffman and Thank him:
Congressman Jared Huffman
1527 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

2) Contact Senator Harris and Thank her!

Senator Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510


South Fork Trinity River. Credit JeffMorris#MR sign
South Fork Trinity River. Credit JeffMorris#MR sign

3)  Get the word out through social media.
Send notes to your friends, family and community organizations about this exciting opportunity and use #MountainsandRivers.  Ask them to join us in this campaign to protect our beautiful region. Use photos of you, friends or family fishing, hiking, camping, boating or biking in the area. Or a photo of your favorite place in the area from the Trinity Alps to Redwood Creek!

4) Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) of your local newspaper this week letting Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris know you support their vision to protect this magnificent landscape. We’ve included the three main news outlets in Humboldt and Trinity County for your convenience:

LTEs can be sent to:

  • Times Standard’s Editor: Marc Valles.Letters to the editor should be no more than 250 words  All submissions must include your true name, address and daytime phone number for verification.  Emails are preferred, but you can mail a letter to:
    • Letters to the Times-Standard
    • P.O. Box 3580
    • Eureka, CA 95501
  • Mad River Union: email Letters for publication must be signed with a real name, a city of residence and include a phone number (that won’t be published) for identity verification. Put these at the end of your letter.
  • Trinity Journal: Complete online form here.

LTEs can be as simple as saying:

“It’s great we have someone in the House AND the Senate who appreciate and want to conserve the beauty of Northwestern California. Thank you Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris for introducing this public lands bill”

“I love camping (or fishing, or mountain biking, or birdwatching, or swimming – you get the picture) in Northwestern California – thank you Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris for helping to protect and expand these recreational opportunities with your public lands bill!”

“Thank you Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris for introducing a public lands bill that seeks to address cleanups of illegal grows in Northwest California. Not only are these illegal grows toxic to the environment and kill wildlife, they pollute the very waters our local communities rely on and are a danger to public safety.”

Many new recreational opportunities #MR Credit Jeff Morris
Many new recreational opportunities #MR Credit Jeff Morris

About the Bill:

Just now, in April, Congressman Jared Huffman and Senator Kamala Harris both reintroduced the “Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act” in this new Congress. The bill would permanently protect ecologically significant lands and waters, restore and revitalize forests and watersheds, expand recreation opportunities, and call for coordinated fire management across Trinity, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte counties.The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act will:

  • Restore and Revitalize Our Forests and Watersheds: Restoring historically damaged forests and watersheds would have significant long term positive effects on the health and quality of life for people in local communities, including improving drinking water, expanding community wildfire protection, supporting public and firefighter safety, and enhancing recreational experiences.
  • Permanently Conserve Ecologically-Significant Areas: Designating our most pristine public lands as Wilderness and our clear rivers and creeks as Wild & Scenic would ensure that these places remain in their natural state for future generations.
  • Enhance Local Economy: Preserved access to public lands and rivers makes California a great place to live and work, and it forms the bedrock of the state’s outdoor economy. Permanent protection of these lands would support our region’s tourism industry that attracts and serves visitors from around the globe, and enhances our economic future and quality of life.
  • Expand Recreation Opportunities: Improving trails and recreation areas would boost tourism spending and provide new ways for residents and visitors to experience Northwest California.

Let’s ensure that Congressman Huffman and Senator Harris know you support their vision to protect this magnificent landscape.

This is not the end of this fight but it is an important milestone in a big effort. We need to let our elected representatives in Congress know we are thankful for their work and they can count on us.

Your NEC has been at the forefront of this effort for over 5 years. Let us know if you write an email or letter, drop us a note at!

And if you want to help get the word out, let us know that too!

Thank you!!
Northcoast Environmental Center