Get On Board For The Climate: Organic Waste

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by Martha Walden, What Now Coalition My last column was all about the Humboldt Climate Challenges we had scheduled throughout the month of March from Rio Dell to McKinleyville. These neighborhood events would have enticed...
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Safe, Healthy Transportation is Always Essential

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by Colin Fiske The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to rethink the way we do things and to adopt new strategies and practices in response—some of which will be only temporary, but some...

Two-Basin Solution Progresses, But Questions Remain About Dam Removal

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by Caroline Griffith The Scott Dam is one step closer to coming down, allowing Eel River salmon passage to upstream habitat for the first time in a century. The dam is part of the Potter...
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Klamath Salmon 2020 Outmigration: Late storms, a threatened lawsuit and faulty stream adjudications

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Felice Pace, North Group Water Chairperson   In the February/March ECONEWS I reported on the difficulties Chinook and Coho salmon faced getting to their spawning grounds in the Scott River Basin last Fall. The Chinook never...

Eye on Washington: June 2020

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Dan Sealy, Legislative Analyst  California Water Wars Forever As spring moves to summer, the perpetual water concerns of the West rise in level perhaps near that of the Coronavirus crisis.  Currently the drought monitor for California...

Poetry: The Rage of the Barred Owl

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by Ellen E. Taylor When Moon unmasks your naked face And gilds your gun with diamonds green I mark your progress from afar. You stumble toward my roosting place, Studying your tiny screen, Tracking  an  artificial star.   You killed my wife...
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Baykeeper Launches Humboldt Coastal Biodiversity Project

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Jennifer Kalt, Director Do you love walking along the Eureka Waterfront Trail and the Humboldt Bay Trail in Arcata? Have you often admired a wildflower, bird, or insect, and wished you knew its name? Do...
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The Law Firm of Marten, Fisher, and Owl

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By Tom Wheeler   EPIC is proud to announce its association with the Law Firm of Marten, Fisher and Owl. A West Coast firm, Marten, Fisher and Owl know that the best defense is a good...

Trash-A-Thon!

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In the midst of quarantine the NEC staff has been working hard to come up with creative ways to safely rally our community into active environmental work. This slow pace and time outside of...
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Solutions to the Pedestrian Safety Crisis on Broadway

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by Caroline Griffith The City of Eureka, along with Humboldt County Association of Governments and CalTrans, are developing a plan to address safety and multimodal transportation along the Broadway Corridor of South Eureka. The goal...

Looking to Make an Impact on Your Community? How About a Job in Environmental...

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Carolyn Hawkins, REHS   The interaction of people and their environment can bring many things...inspiration, enjoyment, health and renewal but it can also bring disease, as we have learned from the coronavirus. The field of Environmental Health...

This Wasp Kills Black Widows: Meet the Mud Dauber

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By Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson and Tom Wheeler The mud dauber wasp wins the award for the most badass wasp. Mud daubers, a common name for solitary wasps that build their nests out of mud, are native...

Monarch Butterfly: A Regal Species in Trouble 

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by Dan Sealy   In the 1980’s over 4.5 million monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) migrated from the California mountain foothills and the Central Valley to overwinter along the coast from southern Mendocino County to Baja,...

Getting Out With Latino Outdoors

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by Johanna Rivera The Humboldt County Department of Public Health has recognized the importance of outdoor recreation as an essential activity during the shelter in place order. People have been encouraged to walk, bike and...
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CNPS Happenings 2020 June

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by Carol Ralph www.northcoastcnps.org     and   https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/  The California Native Plant Society is an organization that brings together science, education, conservation, and gardening to save native plants and their ecosystems.  No botanical expertise is...

Planet of the Humans: A Review

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by David Cobb Planet of the Humans debuted on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and has provoked widespread praise and criticism. Almost everyone in my circles either loves it or hates it, and I...

News From the Center

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by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully As environmentally conscious people grapple with the spread of COVID-19, we must point out the obvious: that the same science-denial which has led us to the climate crisis is...

Where Conservation Meets National Politics, NEC Legislative Interns Keep Us Up-To-Date

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by Caroline Griffith With the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections swirling in the foreground, important conservation legislation and policies are on the table, being written, revised, ripped up and abandoned behind the scenes. There is...

County Planning Commission Denies Billboard Permit

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Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper   In a first for Humboldt County, the Planning Commission voted 4-2 on May 7 to deny a permit to "reconstruct" a billboard that collapsed along Highway 101 south of Eureka last...

Learn to Sustain Your Climate Activism, Read A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety

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by Alicia Hamann   Sarah Jaquette Ray’s A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet is an excellent resource for all who struggle with finding their place in the...

When Rodents Are a Problem, Raptors Are The Solution

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by Jaime Carlino Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) is a non-profit organization working with a coalition of NGOs, agencies, scientists, municipalities, and individuals to work toward eliminating toxic rodenticides from the food web. Through its...

Sammy Gensaw, Kin to the Earth

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By Amber Jamieson Born in the struggle and raised in the resistance, Samuel Gensaw III is a natural born leader who was molded into a community advocate by his many mentors, including members of the...

Outlaw Cannabis Operations Continue Growing on Public Lands

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by Caroline Griffith While the shelter-in-place order is keeping much of California safely at home, there is one group of people who are taking advantage of the empty roads and lack of prying eyes: black-market...
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Will COVID-19 Undo Environmental Gains to Reduce Plastics?

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By Gifford Hall and Maggie Gainer Zero Waste Humboldt urges Redwood Coast residents to join us in learning to adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 public health crisis while we continue to reduce the...

Shorts: Bite-Sized Bits of Interest and Positivity

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Protesting Just Got Easier Due to COVID 19, the Bureau of Land Management will accept emailed protests of oil and gas lease sales “for the foreseeable future.” Previously, in many states, protests had to be...