Creature Feature Compilation November 2021

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Lea Eider, Coastal Programs Intern Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis) The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most common hawks in North America. They are also one of the largest birds on the continent, with a large...

Solutions Summit November 2021

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by Michael D. Pulliam 'EVERWAVE' AND THE TRASH SPOUTS Young German architect Marcella Hansch leads the design and deployment of trash-eating barges to remove tons of plastic and other litter from the world's rivers and lakes...

Get on Board for the Planet: Seaweed and Shellfish – Feast of the...

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Martha Walden for 11th Hour Three days of the Humboldt Bay Symposium for a Sustainable Blue Economy, September 28-30, painted a picture both sobering and hopeful. This virtual conference brought together thinkers and doers from...

Citizens Redistricting Commission to Release Draft Maps

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Caroline Griffith The body charged with redrawing district boundaries for California’s State Senate and Assembly, and U.S. Congressional Districts is set to release draft district maps at the beginning of November. The Citizens Redistricting Commission...

McKay Tract Draft EIR Released

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Caroline Griffith The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a controversial 81-acre subdivision in suburban Eureka is being recirculated again. The North McKay Ranch subdivision in the unincorporated community of Cutten would feature 320 residential...

Court of Appeal Rejects California’s Blanket Approval of Pesticide Spraying

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Press release Center for Biological Diversity SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a major victory for health and environmental groups, California’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a statewide pesticide-spraying program violates the law by failing to study...

Eye on Washington November 2021

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Dan Sealy Legislative Analyst A Vivid Reminder: “Where you drill you spill” As Americans watched the horrors of the oil spill along the coast of Southern California, it was impossible not to look back at the...

Rou Dalagurr: Food Sovereignty Lab & Cultural Workspace Breaks Ground

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By Karley Rojas & Carrie Tully In 2019, HSU Students in NAS 331 had a vision for a project that would re-indigenize the campus while bringing lasting benefits to the community, building partnerships across campus,...

Public Safety or Protecting Timber Assets? Locals Question Fire Response in Trinity

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By Caroline Griffith  As wildfires raged in Trinity and Humboldt County in the late summer of 2021 and thousands of residents were under mandatory evacuation orders, it came to light that crews in the Trinity...

Mendocino Students Take A Stand, Organize School Strike for Climate on October 1st

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by Ravel Gauthier Mendocino Coast youth activists organized a youth-led climate strike at Heider Field in Mendocino Friday, October 1st and marched to Friendship Park for a multi-hour event with booths representing local environmental groups...

Making a Salmon Stronghold Stronger Still

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by Vimal Golding, Field Biologist with the Smith River Alliance On October 19, 2021, testimony was accepted on the Smith River National Recreation Area Expansion Act (S.1538) in a hearing held by the U.S. Senate...

EPIC: Take Action to Protect the Salmon River Watershed, Wildlife, and Wild Salmon Fisheries!

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Kimberly Baker, EPIC The Klamath National Forest is proposing a new timber sale within the Wild and Scenic Salmon River watershed. The Bear Country timber sale includes over 4,000 acres of commercial logging in some...
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Zero Waste Humboldt: Will Single Use Plastic Become the New Sin Tax?

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By Maggie Gainer ‘Sin’ or public health taxes are excise taxes have been imposed on the consumption of products potentially harmful for health (sugar-sweetened beverages, tobacco, alcohol, among others). The taxes have long been used to reduce...

CRTP: Sign the Broadway Petition!

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Colin Fiske, CRTP Executive Director The following is a petition sponsored by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, along with the Northcoast Environmental Center, EPIC, Humboldt Baykeeper, and Keep Eureka Beautiful. Hundreds of local residents...

Community Coastal Column: What is Kelp?

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Ivy Munnerlyn, Coastal Programs Coordinator Here in the Coastal Programs department of the NEC, we have fallen head over heels for all things KELP. You’ll probably see many more Coastal Columns focusing on kelp research,...

Power to the People and Plants; A Divine Union

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By Alissa Rose A group of people Taking over unused land, Nurturing the earth. Neglected, trashed lots Sprout vegetables and flowers, Now birds are singing. This land needs our love Let’s plant trees where there’s Just grass. Those lawns are toxic. As well as boring They...

CNPS Happenings – November 2021

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Stay Updated: www.northcoastcnps.org  https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/ CNPS welcomes everyone.  No expertise required. ....................................................................................................................... Evening Program November 10, Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. "Our Treasured Coastal Prairies, Ecology and Maintenance". Despite their small size, coastal prairies host great diversity of plants and...

Lawns: The American Dream or Nightmare?

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By: Margaret Castro                   Being a resident of Humboldt County means receiving a daily barrage of greenery. A study published in 2019 in the Frontiers of Psychology journal, states that the color green can lower one’s...

Letters to EcoNews: Let’s not leave off acting until the wolves are at the...

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Of course coal is unacceptable and it is pleasing to watch the Supervisors, Huffman, McGuire and Wood beat the drum against opening up the rail line to transport it through Humboldt Bay. My take, though,...

Railroaded: The History and (Possible) Futures of the Northwestern Pacific Rail Line

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By Patty Clary, Director of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) An elegant solution to the problem of what to do with the northern 175 miles of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP)—where reconstructing the...

Recall Ruminations

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By Elena Bilheimer Climate Justice Voters Should Be Communicating their Demands to Governor Gavin Newsom Now On September 14, California voters chose not to recall Governor Gavin Newsom in a special gubernatorial election that has occurred...

Los votantes de justicia climática deberían estar comunicándose sus demandas al gobernador Gavin Newsom...

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Por Elena Bilheimer, traducido por Jasmin Segura El 14 de septiembre, los votantes de California optaron no revocatar a Gavin Newsom en una elección especial para gobernador que ha ocurrido solo dos veces en la...

OpEd: Why Is CAL FIRE Trying to Silence Its Critics?

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Mendocino Trail Stewards Author's note: we mean no disrespect to first responders, but CAL FIRE has two conflicting mandates—forestry and fire response, making any criticism of one appear to be criticism of the other. See...

From the Center

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Fossil Fuels are back in the headlines again with a terrible oil leak from a ruptured pipeline along the southern California coast caused by a boat anchor. Remember how they promised after the Santa...