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Hill Day with the Surfrider Humboldt Chapter

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Sabriyya Ghanizada, EcoNews Intern “The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves and beaches for all people. Founded in 1984 by a handful of...

Cómo ahorrar dinero en su factura de electricidad

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Susan Nolan El aire acondicionado no es algo en lo que la mayoría de personas en Humboldt piensen, pero en todo el estado, es un gran impulsor de la demanda de electricidad porque aumenta la...

Volunteer Spotlight: Smith River Alliance Cleanup

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Community volunteers and students from the Del Norte High School Interact Club collected 4,900 pounds of trash from Frontbeach Park and South Beach in Crescent City, as well as the Elk Creek Wetland and...

Carbon Footprint

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Sasha Lyth,  Redwood Coast Montessori Redwood Coast Montessori (RCM) School 8th Graders have been studying climate change and possible solutions to various aspects of this global problem.  As part of their investigation, they are designing...

News from the Center: June 2022

Larry Glass, NEC Board President Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director Congratulations to the U.S. Forest Service - Klamath National Forest The Klamath National Forest (KNF) has announced it will adopt alternative treatments to herbicides use as part...

Humboldt Baykeeper: Coastal Commission Approves Offshore Wind Exploration Plan (With Conditions)

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Jen Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director On April 7, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s plans for studying marine life in the proposed Humboldt Wind Energy Area, 21 miles west...

California Native Plant Society | June 2022

Field Trips June 18, Saturday.  Christmas Prairie Field Trip.  We will explore this diverse lake at 2300 ft. on the forested ridge west of Redwood Creek, courtesy of Green Diamond Resource Company.  This diverse site...

Solutions Summit | June 2022

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CALIFORNIA COMPOST AT WORK Composting food scraps and using compost on farms helps resist droughts and hugely reduces emissions of methane, a serious greenhouse gas. California's new compost mandate (SB 1383) helps make this positive...

Eye on Washington | June 2022

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Dan Sealy, NEC Legislative Analyst The Current DC Climate and You  As the local beauty of spring in DC moves to the storms and unpredictability of late spring and summer, the national political climate also moves...

Author-Artist Obi Kaufmann Explores the Coasts of California

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Dan Sealy, Northcoast Environmental Center  Picking up a book by artist and naturalist Obi Kaufmann feels very personal. The books are more compact than typical hardbound books, heftier than classic paperback books, and are rugged...

Three Science Projects Receive Awards from Sierra Club North Group

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Sue Leskiw, Sierra Club For the 15th year, North Group Sierra Club sponsored awards for the best projects relating to environmental issues at the annual Humboldt County Science Fair, which was held virtually in mid-March....

National Trails Day Celebration

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Humboldt Trails Council The Humboldt Trails Council (HTC) invites you to get out and celebrate National Trails Day on June 4th and stop by one of their three activity stations to learn more about the...

Paving a Path for Safer Roads

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Raven E. Marshall, EcoNews Intern Humboldt County is known for many things but unfortunately it seems it has seen a concentration of pedestrian and biking injuries and fatalities leaving many guessing as to why. Dangerous by...

DIY Zero: How to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

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Susan Nolan Air conditioning is not something most Humboldters think about, but statewide, it’s a big driver of electricity demand, pushing up need in afternoons and evenings through summer and fall. That affects everyone in...

EPIC: The Largest Timber Sale Ever?

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Tom Wheeler, EPIC Executive Director The Forest Service is attempting its largest timber sale in modern history. Innocuously titled the “Region 5 Post-Disturbance Hazard Tree Project,” the project would allow logging of fire-affected trees—so-called “salvage...

Garbage Land: On The Secret Trail of Trash

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Ivy Munnerlyn, Coastal Programs Coordinator During my time at the NEC, I’ve read a lot about the environmental consequences of our disposable culture. For this month’s Coastal Column, I wanted to dig a little deeper...

An Initial Spark Generated

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Illuminating Thoughts About Renewable Energy in Humboldt Alec Brown and Lorelei Walker What do you think about renewable energy projects? How do you feel about local renewable energy projects like microgrids and offshore wind? What is...

Farm Feature: Community Food Guide

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist The 2022 Humboldt and Del Norte Community Food Guide, created by Cooperation Humboldt, is now available at newsstands throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Physical copies of the guide can also...

Planning a Zero Waste Wedding

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Krista Miller, ZWH As you rethink how you organize your wedding in order to reduce waste, and ultimately your wedding’s carbon footprint, you must start with a commitment to sufficient advance planning, an emphasis on...

LTE: Tree Plantations Cause Forest Fires

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I must take issue with one of the assertions in Farzad Forouhar’s otherwise excellent essay “Smokey Bear: A Savior or An Agent” in the April 2022 ECONEWS. The essay gives the reasons forest fires...

Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom

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Black Humboldt  Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating the date African Slaves were both freed from Slavery but more importantly the day The US decided to recognize said freedom. Today we honor this day by...

The Sandpiper | June 2022

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Click here to download a PDF of the June Sandpiper

Get on Board for the Climate: Hercules for CAP Coordinator

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Martha Walden, 11th Hour The men and women who work for the county and the cities from Rio Dell to Trinidad have addressed a crucial question: How can we here in Humboldt County help avert...

Silver Spotted Butterfly Poem

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by Ellen E. Taylor The Gods of Everything are leaving: Human  evil  fires  their rage! Missiles, drones, bombs, greed, pride, thieving: Times to end the Iron Age. Grabbing  thunderbolts to throw One  studies  Earth to pick his mark But something stops...

Dear EcoNews: Curious Water Consumer

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Dear EcoNews,  I keep hearing that California is experiencing terrible droughts and there is a huge concern over the amount of water we receive. I can tell that there is less rain up here in...