News from the Center – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

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It seems that each time we get focused on a new issue, an old issue that’s been on the back burner for some time suddenly surges to the forefront again. Such is the case...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jason Slyter

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Being a long time Eureka resident, I have felt that the NEC and its Adopt-a-Block program has helped educate the public on the importance of  protecting our common spaces to make our town a...
Casey Cruishchank and Megan Bunday carry the NEC banner in the All Species Parade. Photo: Adam Taylor.

NEC 2018 Year in Review

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This Year’s Accomplishments 2018 was another successful and challenging year at the NEC! The following list features some of the many issues and events we worked on or were involved with. • The NEC closely scrutinized the...

Trinidad Hotel Proposal Sparks Community Concerns

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The plan to build a six-story, 100-room Hyatt hotel on the notoriously fragile coastal bluff south of Trinidad caught most folks by surprise. The Trinidad Rancheria has talked about a hotel for years, and...
Terry Tempest Williams, press photo from her website www.coyoteclan.com. Photo: © Debra Anderson.

Don’t Look Away: Lessons from Activist Author Terry Tempest Williams

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Although Terry Tempest Williams is known as an activist in Utah, her home state, she is better known nationally as a writer. She has published fifteen books including her most well-known title “Refuge” about...

Humboldt Bay Region at Risk from Sea Level Rise

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The local chapter of the Sierra Club hosted a well-attended panel discussion on Sea Level Rise on Humboldt Bay in early November. The panel consisted of Michael Richardson, Senior Planner for Humboldt County; Larry...
Map of the Blue Lake Community Planning Area (CPA) by John Miller, a Senior Planner with the Humboldt County Planning Department..

General Plan Rezoning Could Threaten Waterways

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“UPROAR OVER REZONING” is how the November 7 edition of the Mad River Union described the contentious November 1 Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting. Both the public and some Planning Commission members were concerned...
River Otters. Photo: Alan Peterson.

Otters Everywhere: Countywide Art and Science Project Begins

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“It’s a celebration of life,” says Humboldt State University wildlife professor Jeff Black of his new project—North Coast Otters, a  public arts initiative. In summer of 2020, there will be 100 painted otter statues...
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Student Focus: HSU Forestry Club

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The HSU Forestry Club is meant to bring students of the forestry program together in education, experience, friendship, and service. The club has many awesome programs and events, such as: • Tutoring for forestry classes...

Where Are They Now? Natalie Vaughan

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I was an intern at the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) during the 2013-2014 school year while attending Humboldt State, where I received my degree in Environmental Management and Protection with an emphasis in Planning....
Richard Marks for Harbor Commissioner 2018 Facebook profile photo.

Kin to the Earth: Richard Marks

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Commissioner on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District, Division 4 Richard may not be what you think of when you picture an environmentalist. For nearly 30 years, Richard was a heavy equipment operator...
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Eye on Washington – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

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In November, voters across the nation voted for more Democrats over Republicans in races for seats in the House while the Republican Party increased its majority in the Senate. From November 6 through January 3,...
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's fish advisory guide for Humboldt Bay.

Humboldt Baykeeper: Big Lagoon Asphalt Plant; Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory

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Baykeeper Appeals County Permit for Big Lagoon Asphalt Plant Humboldt Baykeeper is appealing the County’s Coastal Development Permit for an asphalt plant near Big Lagoon, a sensitive waterway known for its abundant fish, migratory birds,...
Clearcut in Klamath National Forest’s Westside Project 2016. Photo: Amber Jamieson.

EPIC: Robbing a Burn Victim

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On October 16, EPIC filed a lawsuit challenging a large post-fire timber sale on the Siskiyou Crest in Klamath National Forest. This timber sale, called the Seiad-Horse Project after the watersheds it will impact,...
Green Diamond Resources (formerly Simpson Timber) is converting the North Coast forests it controls (this one is in Redwood Creek) into tree plantations. That increases the fire risk to nearby towns, including Hoopa, Weitchpec, Klamath and Trinidad. Photo: Felice Pace.

Sierra Club: Capitalizing on Disaster

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Capitalizing on Disaster: Why Recent State Legislation and Subsidies for Biomass Electric Generation are Very Bad Ideas  In the wake of wildfires that caused terrible devastation when they entered Northern California towns, politicians are ignoring the...
CNPS field trippers focus on lunch while getting to know what we will sacrifice for clean energy if wind turbines are built along Bear River Ridge Road. Photo: Carol Ralph.

CNPS: Events and Happenings

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Bear River Ridge Field Trip in November CNPS field trippers focus on lunch while getting to know what we will sacrifice for clean energy if wind turbines are built along Bear River Ridge Road.  A...
Jeff, Kaylee and Emily Cook have fun cleaning up Samoa Beach during a Plastic Free July cleanup with the NEC. Photo: Sarai Lucarelli.

ZWH: A Year in Review for Zero Waste

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It’s been quite a year for Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH), and the entire Zero Waste community. The last 12 months have brought advocacy, education, and change to the North Coast, both within our organization...
The Plaza is a thriving public space when there’s an event happening. Let’s make it a vibrant and active place all the time! Photo: CRTP.

CRTP: Raise Your Voice for a People-Friendly (and Climate-Friendly) Plaza

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For a year and a half, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP) has been advocating for a redesign of the Arcata Plaza that puts people first. Currently, over 60 percent of the Plaza’s...
Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Photo: Michael Kauffmann.

Creature Feature: Yule Trees—A Winter Tradition

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Many years ago the Nordic people, living within the frigid forests of northern Germany, brought evergreen conifers into their homes to celebrate the winter solstice, a return to light, and the Norse god Jul...
Cover of the December 1978 EcoNews.

Blast from the Past: NEC Round-up 1979 Sneak Preview

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Editor’s note: At the NEC office, we have copies of nearly all issues of EcoNews that have been produced since the early 1970s. This library documents environmental issues in our bioregion and the activities...