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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

Food Justice Crossword

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Answer Key Across 1. A type of food rescue that involves collecting leftover fruits and vegetables from farms, with the food usually donated to school lunch programs, non-profits and food banks. 4. Large plantings of a single...
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...

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...

News From the Center

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by Carrie Tully and Larry Glass To quote Julie Sze’s Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger, “The resurgence of explicit racism is unsurprising for justice activists, who see their lives impacted by legacies of...

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...

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...

Volunteer Spotlight: Aly Krystkowiak

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What inspires you to volunteer your time? I really value and cherish my favorite outdoor places and picking up trash is an awesome feel-good thing that anyone can do to pay respect to the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...
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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...