View from Titlow Hill looking south, in snow. Photo: John Abela, Flickr CC.

Wedgewood: Poetry from Catherine Gurin

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For much of its newfound natural gas richness the United States can thank the horrifying mass extinctions of the Late Devonian period. —Peter Brannen, The Ends of the World    In the predawn dark, the flame blue...

Short Bits of Interest and Positivity

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Yurok Tribe and Parks Service Sign Historic Pact On June 1, 2020, the Yurok Tribe officially took over operation of the Stone Lagoon Visitor’s Center after signing the first ever Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between...

Get On Board for the Climate: Give Democracy a Chance

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By Martha Walden 11th Hour On top of a pandemic, climate change and economic upheaval, protests and riots are shaking cities across the nation as I write this. It seems as though everything is coming apart....

Local Joint Powers Authorities: A Review

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By Ali Ong Lee   Now is an important time for public oversight of Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs) and local governance.  Virtual public meetings — sometimes with phone-in access — can help daylight these meetings by...

Eye On Washington

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By Dan Sealy and Kenny Mort   In Congress Congressional committee hearings are planned for mid-July where budgets for departments and agencies that administer the environmental and conservation programs of the United States will be covered. The...

How Much Water Does a River Need? All of It

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By Caroline Griffith The largest dam removal project in U.S. history is inching closer to fruition. In April, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a Clean Water permit and environmental assessment for the proposal...
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Student Focus: Ciara Emery and Renewable Energy Community Considerations

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Ciara Emery is a graduate of Humboldt State University, Summa Cum Laude, where she obtained a Master of Social Science in Environment and Community and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Ciara received...

Creature Feature: A Retrospective

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By Casey Cruikshank   Note: The NEC has started a weekly Creature Feature post on our social media. Here is a sample of posts from the past month. To see these weekly posts in real time...

Calling on the Honor of the US Park Police – Black Lives Matter

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By Dan Sealy NOTE: The opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the positions of the NEC or its Member Organizations. In 1982, Washington DC experienced blizzard conditions. A commercial liner carrying 74 passengers...
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Reduce Food Waste to Reduce Climate Change

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By Maggie Gainer The connection between reducing the food we waste and global warming is not yet commonly understood. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of landfilled organic waste are a significant source of greenhouse...
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CNPS Happenings July 2020

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By Carol Ralphs Stay Updated: www.northcoastcnps.org  https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/ Join Yahoo! notification group by writing [email protected] ................................................................. Evening programs are not scheduled for June-August.  View recent programs archived under the Education tab on our website.  For amazing photos of caterpillars and motivation...
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EPIC: Novel Hoof Disease Threatens Elk, Pacific Fishers Denied Protection

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By Tom Wheeler, Executive Director Novel Hoof Disease Detected in Del Norte Elk The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD), a bacterial-associated syndrome causing severe lameness in elk, has...

Kin to the Earth: Tamara McFarland

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By David Cobb Tamara McFarland is a person of deep convictions who lives her values everyday. She consistently challenges herself and those around her to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be....

Baby Condor Needs a Name

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By Caroline Griffith The Ventana Wildlife Society, two miles inland from Big Sur, CA, has been releasing and documenting captive-bred condors since 1997. On April 25, 2020, the Big Sur Condor Cam, which is nestled...

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against Trump Executive Order ‘Expediting’ Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

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By Tom Wheeler In the midst of the turmoil and unrest of last week, the Trump administration quietly used the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine federal environmental laws and fast-track oil and gas drilling. In an...

Casey’s Community Coastal Column, Featuring the Smith River Alliance

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By Casey Cruikshank In keeping with the collaborative spirit of Coastal Programs at the NEC, this month I’m featuring the Smith River Alliance and their wonderful watershed stewardship. I had the pleasure of speaking with...
A prescribed burn in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, October 2018. Photo: Liz Younger, USFS.

Review: Future Ecologies and Traditional Knowledge

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By Caroline Griffith The environmental movement is seeking to right the wrongs of industrial capitalism using the best available science, but what about traditional ecological knowledge? The podcast “Future Ecologies” wants us to envision how...

Economic Recovery to Start the Green New Deal

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By Tom Wheeler   Economists warn that we are at the beginning of a prolonged recession. Congress has already appropriated vast sums to stave off a more pronounced financial collapse, and many predict additional rounds of...

Taking Our Cues From the Original Environmentalists: HSU Water Protectors Speaker Series

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By Caroline Griffith   From the Dakota Access Pipeline fight at Standing Rock, to the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline, to the decades long battle to keep water in the Klamath River for threatened salmon species, indigenous...

Nexus: No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice

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By Caroline Griffith "We know that there is no climate justice without racial justice. The exploitation of black people is the greatest extractive system of production of all time and in order to heal the...

Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultural Workspace

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By Carrie Tully   I begin by acknowledging that I am on the land of the Wiyot peoples which includes the Wiyot Tribe, Bear River Rancheria and Blue Lake Rancheria.  Arcata is known as Goudi’ni meaning...

Sowing Seeds of Resiliency and Growing Community

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By Jasmine Harvey We are in very uncertain times. This year has been marked with massive changes to society from a global pandemic and widespread social unrest, and nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Although...

What Is Food Sovereignty?

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By Caroline Griffith   “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It...

Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer now docked in Humboldt Bay

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By Joan Tippets Some of you may have noticed a cream and red colored ship docked near Samoa in Humboldt Bay since May 14 of this year.   It is the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a research...

National Moth Week

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Outside News Source July 18-26 is National Moth Week, a time when citizen scientists are encouraged to leave their porch lights on to attract and document local moths. While they’ve been maligned as butterflies’ less attractive...