News from the Center – Feb/Mar 2019

Now that we’re several weeks into the new year, let’s get out our frost covered crystal ball and tell you what we think is going to happen in 2019. If only we could predict...
Tracks from illegal ORV use crisscross the “Super Bowl” site in the dunes near the City of Eureka’s Samoa Airport property. Photo: J. Kalt.

Déjà-vu in the Dunes

Humboldt has a Beach and Dune Management Plan ... Remember? Humboldt County’s land use policies have faced some radical challenges lately, with many contentious meetings. But some policies have changed because they’ve been quietly ignored...
This pile shows 3800 wads and shells (the ratio between the two is about 9:1) and about 1000-1200 caps (totalling about 5000 pieces of plastic). Beer bottle shown for scale. Photo: Martin Swett.

The Plastic Problem of Shotgun Wads

Consumer awareness about the problems caused by single-use plastic bags, straws, flatware, and cups has grown substantially over recent decades. More people remember to bring reusable bags and containers to the grocery store, and...

Local Governments Join Forces on Climate Action Plan

Last November, staff from the County of Humboldt and the seven cities within its boundaries came together to discuss an exciting new project: a regional Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)...
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Local Biomass Decision Opens the Door to 100% Clean Energy

“What energy future do we want for Humboldt County?,” was the question faced by Community Choice Energy (CCE) board members at their December meeting. CCE was considering whether or not to increase the amount...
The Hunter Ranch easement in eastern Humboldt County. Below: Photo: courtesy of NRLT.

NRLT Celebrates Land Conservation Successes

Birding friends talk about having a “big year.” Last year was a very big year for land conservation and the Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT). This was due, in large part, to conservation partners—the...
A team of IAEA experts check out water storage tanks TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on 27 November 2013. The expert team is assessing Japanese efforts to decommission the stricken nuclear power plant. Photo Credit: Greg Webb / IAEA

Update:Eight Years After Fukushima

“Stop monitoring, evacuate now." Hastily scribbled notes documenting communications between emergency officials monitoring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as the disaster unfolded on March 11, 2011 are still in place on chalkboards and whiteboards...
Cherry Sripan is Communications and Advocacy Coordinator for the World Fair Trade Organization Asia, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo courtesy of Cherry Sripan.

Where Are They Now? Cherry Sripan

It’s been a nonstop adventure since I left beautiful Arcata and the NEC! These two places really helped me discover a passion for, and later a career in, social and environmental justice. I joined the...
Interior view of the greenhouse dome on the HSU campus. Photo from the Greenhouse Club's Instagram page @hsugreenhouseclub.

Student Focus: HSU Greenhouse Club

The Greenhouse Club was established to help fund the Dr. Walker Greenhouse on the HSU campus, as well as to gather a group of like-minded plant lovers to care for the many species living...
Casey Cruikshank. Photo: James Adam Taylor.

New Coastal Programs Coordinator

Hi, I’m Casey—the new Coastal Programs Coordinator at the NEC. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and give a little background on my coastal experience. I grew up exploring the San Juan...
Greta Thunberg, above left, after addressing 10,000 people in Helsinki, October 20, 2018, at the largest climate march in Finland’s history. Photo: Svante Thunberg (Greta’s father) via Twitter.

Kin to the Earth: Greta Thunberg, 16-year old climate activist

The new face of climate activism may be young, but she is determined, and her direct approach is bringing attention to the urgency of global climate change. Greta Thurnberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from...
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Eye on Washington: The Shutdown & the New Congress

The Shutdown The full effects of the partial shutdown of the federal government may not seem obvious to people who are not federal workers or contractors who are forced to go on unpaid leave or...
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Humboldt Baykeeper: Renewed Threat from Contaminated Former Lumber Bill

Renewed Threat from Contaminated Former Lumber Mill in Glendale In late December, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), whose mission is “to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances,”...
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EPIC: EPIC Appeals Green Diamond’s FSC Certification

EPIC Appeals Green Diamond’s  FSC Certification EPIC filed a formal Complaint over and Appeal of the recertification of Green Diamond Resource Company in conformance with the standards and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)...
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Sierra Club: Logging in Winter: Can Water Quality be Protected?

Logging in Winter: Can Water Quality be Protected?  When I first began paying attention to logging in Northern California back in the late 1970s, operations (often called “shows” by the loggers) were completely shut down...
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CNPS: Events & Happenings

Native Plants Every Day! A selection of our chapter-grown native plants is available to buy every day, 12 noon-6 p.m., at the Kneeland Glen Farm Stand at Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Ave. (near Three...
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Zero Waste Humboldt: Refill Not Landfill Project Expands

With the cooperation of six local governments and three schools; the support of Coast Central Credit Union, Strong Foundation, and Mad River Rotary Club; and a start up grant from the Footprint Foundation, Zero...
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CRTP: Mobility on Demand – What Does That Mean?

One of the biggest and most talked about trends in transportation in recent years is variously known as “mobility on demand” or “mobility as a service.” While you may not have heard these particular...
A healthy red abalone. Harvest of red abalone is closed in Northern California until April 2021. Photo: Athena Maguire.

Creature Feature: Red Abalone

Haliotis rufescens Red abalone are single-shelled gastropod marine mollusks related to snails and sea slugs. They are the largest species of abalone in the world and most certainly the largest of the eight found in...