Short Bits of Interest and Positivity

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by Michael D. Pulliam HISTORIC REPRESENTATION IN WASHINGTON In the December issue of EcoNews, we noted that progressives were calling upon the incoming Biden administration to name Representative Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) as Secretary of the...

Get On Board for the Climate: Can We Stop Worrying Yet?

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by Martha Walden for 350 Humboldt   The huge federal spending bill that was passed during the hectic last days of 2020 included an unexpected breakthrough for the environment. The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act...

‘How We Win’: The Social Change Playbook

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  Michael D. Pulliam     Whether we are looking to alter a policy at the local transit agency or overthrow a violent dictator, George Lakey's 'How We Win: A Guide To Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning' (2018) is...

Insurrection and White Privilege

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by Dan Sealy I live part-time  in the Washington D.C. Metro area. I’ve learned that increased helicopter activity over our home typically is bad news. On January 6, I was in a virtual meeting with...

Eye On Washington: February 2021

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by Kennth Mort, 2020-21 NEC Environmental Policy Intern Sedition Watching the events unfold at the United States capital on January 6 was surreal to say the least. Never in my life did I think that I...

The Intersection of Capitalism, Ecological Destruction, and Art: An invitation to Artists Dismantling Capitalism 

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By Guest Author, Hayley Connors-Keith   Think of a box with unrecyclable materials that won’t decompose effectively in the environment. Let’s say capitalism is that box and art is the space outside of it. With art...

From Protest to Citizen Science, Rainbow Ridge Conservation Takes Many Forms

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by Caroline Griffith   On December 15, Humboldt Superior Court dismissed charges against four elderly Mattole residents, Jane Lapiner, David Simpson, Ellen Taylor and Michael Evenson of the Lost Coast League, who had been arrested in...

Humboldt Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo): Charged with Regional Preservation of Open Space &...

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By Ali Ong Lee   International news has been featuring Brexit, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union that draws more distinct lines at its borders.  National news has been featuring controversial politics, policies, and...

Kin to the Earth: Susan Masten

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by Geneva Wiki Susan Masten is known to many people by many titles: Former Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Yurok Tribe; Past-President of the National Congress of American Indians; Founding Board Member and President of...

A Second Chance for Eel River Salmon and Steelhead?

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by Victoria Brandon, Sierra Chapter Redwood Chapter, Chair   For many years Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has operated the “Potter Valley Project,” a hydroelectric facility on the main stem of the Eel River consisting of...
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The Northern Spotted Owl is in an “Extinction Vortex” And the U.S. Fish...

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by Tom Wheeler, Executive Director, EPIC   The northern spotted owl, the most iconic species of the struggle to protect the West’s temperate forests, has entered what one researcher has called an “extinction vortex.” The forces...

Del Norte Coastal Cleanup Recovers Over 2 Tons of Trash

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(from our friends at the Smith River Alliance) Fall Coastal Cleanup recovers over 2 tons of trash December Smith River NRA Cleanup recovers 900 lbs.   The Smith River Alliance (SRA) reported that the Del Norte Coastal Cleanup...

A Bittersweet Farewell

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by Casey Cruikshank After nearly three years at the Northcoast Environmental Center, I am making a very bittersweet farewell. The NEC provided an incredible space to learn, grow, and create an impact in my local...
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CNPS Happenings — February 2021

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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 Program February 10, Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. "Forest Highway 1: Flowers, Insects, and Vistas" Titlow Hill Rd. (off  Highway 299 west of...
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Red Flags for Greenwashing

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Margaret Gainer, President, Zero Waste Humboldt Board of Directors This year, Zero Waste Humboldt public education will emphasize the mindfulness needed to be a conscious environmentalist at the point-of-purchase – in local stores and even...

Explore the Bay with Canvas + Clay

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by Jasmin Segura, Bay Tours Coordinator For several years, we have partnered with various groups to provide safe and educational tours of Humboldt Bay via kayak or on the historic Madaket through an Explore the...

Will the Site of the Ill-Fated Marina Center Finally Be Cleaned Up? Maybe

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by Caroline Griffith The City of Eureka has received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess Brownfield properties around the city, with a focus on the Balloon Track and Waterfront area, for...

Behind the Scenes at the NEC

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Meet the minds and faces behind the NEC and learn what we've been up to. Chelsea Pulliam, the NEC’s Outreach Coordinator and EcoNews Graphic Designer is feeling proud to have a full year of EcoNews...

My Start In Conservation On The North Coast

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by Dave Van de Mark  The circumstances leading to 2-plus decades of activism had certainly begun even before I drove north from southern California in June of 1963.  But I was still just a “pup”...

The NEC at 50: A Half Century of Defending the Planet

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By Wesley Chesbro      On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated in Humboldt County with an Earth Fair held in Eureka. Concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds came together as the local...

News From the Center

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by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully As we begin to celebrate our 50th anniversary here at the Northcoast Environmental Center, I am remembering my own initial contact with the NEC. I had a small new...

Soil Science Crossword

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Across Cropland left idle in order to restore productivity through accumulation of moisture The relative proportions of sand, silt, and clay particles in a mass of soil. Waterlogged, spongy ground, consisting primarily of...

Creature Feature: Woolly Bear

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This charming caterpillar is known by many names - Banded Woolly Bear, Woolly Worm, or woollybear. However, it's official name is the Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella). You've likely had to step over this...