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What Really Happens with Plastics Recycling?

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A combination of waste reduction legislation, increased manufacturer responsibility and a societal shift in our thinking and our habits will reduce plastic pollution. What happens to your plastic materials after you drop them in...
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Eye on Washington: Hearings, Busses, and Bad Actors, oh my!

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Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act Hearing A coalition of local and national conservation organizations that have been working on legislation to address protection of public lands and waters for several years—or “since...

NEC’s Coastal Cleanup Day Says NO to Fast Fashion

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If you’ve been following the NEC’s updates about this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day then you’re aware that there are some big exciting changes in the works as we put effort into eliminating additional waste...
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CNPS: Fall Plant Sale & Events

Fall Native Plant Sale Sat. & Sun., September  28 & 29 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (CNPS members only pre-sale 9 - 10 a.m.) Freshwater Farms Reserve 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka (near Three Corners Market), a property of the Northcoast Regional Land...
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Coastal Commission to Vote on Major Changes to 101 Corridor between Eureka and Arcata

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  On August 7, the Coastal Commission will vote on Caltrans’ Eureka-Arcata 101 Corridor Safety Improvement Project, which includes an interchange at Indianola Cutoff, a left turn signal at Airport Drive, closure of all other...
A banner protesting Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) logging in the Mattole, April 29, 2014. Photo: QueRoule, Flickr CC.

Rekindling Timber Wars in the Mattole

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When Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) bought Pacific Lumber (Palco)’s timberland, Humboldt County heaved a sigh of relief.  The company claimed to be committed to leaving the old growth standing and to reverse the pace...
An artistic rendering of the proposed hotel project at Cher-Ae Heights Casino off Scenic Drive south of Trinidad, as submitted to the North Coast Journal.

Trinidad Rancheria Hotel Voted Down; Project will be Resubmitted

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For a third time since last Spring, the Coastal Commission staff report recommends a “No” vote on the Trinidad Rancheria’s proposed Hyatt hotel when the Commission meets to review the project in Eureka on...

News From the Center

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Thanks to everyone who financially contributed to our Summer Fund Appeal! We greatly appreciate your continued support. It’s contributions like yours that have allowed the NEC to be an important voice in northwest California...

Creature Feature: The Buzz About Bees

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As a beekeeper and self-proclaimed bee nerd, I am often asked about the decline of the honey bees (Apis mellifera) and what we should be doing about it. And while there is a lot...

Terra-Gen’s Humboldt Wind Energy Project Presents Concerns for Wildlife

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EPIC and the Northcoast Environmental Center submitted comments in June on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the proposed Terra-Gen Humboldt Wind Energy Project proposed for Monument and Bear River Ridges outside of...
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EPIC Concerns with Sierra Pacific and Green Diamond

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Sierra Pacific up to the Same Old Tricks A proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), was recently released in its draft form by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a companion...
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North Coast Water Board Comes to Eureka

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Residents speak up for Elk River & National Forest Water Quality Two salient items were on the agenda of the June 19 and 20 North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NC Water Board): proposed...
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What’s Your Street Story?

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We all use public streets, and we all have stories—about the place we almost got hit by a car, or couldn’t cross the street safely, or just feel so unsafe that we won’t even...

NEC’s Zero Waste Coastal Cleanup Day Takes a Stand Against Single-Use Plastics

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On September 21, the NEC is celebrating its 40th anniversary of organizing beach cleanups! What began as a humble beach beautification project at the NEC in the 70s, eventually gained attention and grew into...

Obi Kaufmann: Naturalist, Artist, Wanderer

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 “In my art and writing about ecology, I am more satisfied with the exploration of the best, most simple and elegant question than I am with any righteous, vocational answer.” - Obi Kaufmann When Obi Kaufmann...