Ethical Fungal Foraging

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By Max Brotman What are the impacts of mushroom picking?  As with many ecological questions, the answer is… it depends. Fungal life cycles are diverse. To understand the impacts of harvesting we have to look at...

Dear EcoNews

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Do you have an environmental query? Would you like to ask an expert? Submit your questions to [email protected] and we will find a local expert to set you on the right path. Dear NEC, I have...
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Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo Initiative: Dec. 13-15 and Jan. 11-12

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Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director The highest tides of the year - known as King Tides - are coming on December 13-15 and January 11-12. Please join our King Tide Photo Initiative to help document rising sea levels...

Casey’s Community Coastal Column: Year-End Review

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Casey Cruikshank, Coastal Programs Coordinator 2020 has been an exciting year for Coastal Programs at the NEC. Now that we’re collecting data year-round (not just during Coastal Cleanup Day), we have a much bigger picture...

Composting Mill Waste Wins Blue Ribbon for the Climate

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GET ON BOARD FOR THE CLIMATE Martha Walden, Wendy Ring for 11th Hour Each year, Environmental Science and Management students at Humboldt State University tackle a local environmental challenge. Last spring semester they were enlisted by Redwood...
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Zero Waste and COVID-19

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Margaret Gainer, President, Zero Waste Humboldt Board of Directors This author is not a public health nor infectious disease control expert. She is a consultant-trainer specializing in sustainable materials management and advocates for the Zero...

Kin to the Earth: Carol Vander Meer

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Mike Cipra, Executive Director Friends of the Dunes Carol Vander Meer is many things: environmental educator, collaborator, organizer, fundraiser, facilitator, campaigner, trainer of naturalists, trails advocate, and land conservation visionary.  Her ability to move between...

Short Bits of Interest and Positivity

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Trump Administration Makes Moves to Raise Shasta Dam, Expand Reservoir The outgoing administration announced plans November 19 to expand the Shasta Dam, one of the more controversial water projects in Northern California. The dam impounds...

Wildlife Crossword Puzzle

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  December 2020 EcoNews Crossword Down 1. A relationship between two species of organisms in which both benefit from the association. 2. Species that eats only meat. 4. A relationship between two organisms where one receives benefit and the...

Tim McKay Birdathon Sets Records!

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C.John Ralph, RRAS Every year, for the past six years, the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) have held a fundraiser in honor of Tim McKay. Tim was a great friend...

Nexus: Food Has the Power to Heal the Community and the Planet

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<<<>>>NEXUS <<<>>> The intersection of human rights, the environment, social justice and the economy Tamara McFarland Food has the potential to nurture, heal, connect and empower us - not only at the individual level but also as...
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EPIC News

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Kimberly Baker, Public Lands Advocate Wolf coalition launches challenge to nationwide wolf delisting On Friday, Nov. 6, EPIC and a coalition of Western wolf advocates filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and...
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CNPS Happenings– December 2020

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Stay Updated: www.northcoastcnps.org  https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/ CNPS welcomes anyone interested in native plants to join our events.  No expertise required. ................................................................. Evening Programs December 9, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Three in One Evening.   Madeleine Lopez, Humboldt State University graduate student, will...

Beating the Winter Blues

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Brittney Morettini It’s December, and the first day of winter is right around the corner. Our daylight hours are getting less and less by the week, and many of us are feeling this change in...

Eye On Washington: December 2020

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Dan Sealy, NEC  Legislative Analyst (This Eye on Washington was written on November 8th and reflects the projected election results as of that date. Final election results may not be certified by states by the...

Klamath Dam Removal: What’s Different This Time Around?

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Mike Belchik, Senior Water Policy Analyst, Yurok Tribe On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 a press conference was held to herald a new agreement that moves Klamath dam removal closer to reality.  But wait!  Haven’t we...

Creature Feature: Mushrooms, Creatures of the Forest Floor

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Disclaimer: This is not an official foraging guide. Before harvesting or consuming anything found in nature please consult an expert or a well trusted field guide. The Humboldt Bay Mycological Society is a good...

Reaching Beyond the Usual Fish: Equity and Inclusion in Programs and Policies

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 Ali Ong Lee   In the 1970s, while fishing with my father from a San Francisco pier, somebody handed me a pamphlet about environmental racism.  It warned us about the high mercury levels in the fish...

Death, Victim-Blaming, Climate Chaos and Wetlands

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Colin Fiske, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Over the last twelve months, at least four people have been killed while walking or biking on Broadway in Eureka. Ashley Madonia was killed...

Intersectional Environmentalism: Justice for People and the Planet

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Johanna Rivera, Outings Leaders from Latino Outdoors  [email protected] Have you heard of the new buzz word “intersectional environmentalism,” recently defined by Leah Thomas? Earlier this year in May, during the uprisings following the murder of George...

News from the Center

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by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully A New Day...Sort of We, and the entire environmental community can take a deep breath knowing that after January 20, 2021, no more environmentally destructive Executive Orders will be issued...