Creature Feature: Bats

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist October is the time for all things spooky, when strange and mysterious creatures are known to take flight throughout the night. Some of these creatures happen to include bats (timshúkriih in...

Solutions Summit | October 2022

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KLAMATH BASIN TO RECEIVE ~$29M FUNDS In August 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it would send nearly $29 million in restoration and conservation funding to Tribes, agencies, and stakeholders in the Klamath...

Forests of Tomorrow

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Martha Walden, 11th Hour The Jackson State Demonstration Forest (JDSF) standoff continues as conservationists, including local Tribes, push Cal Fire to embrace new priorities for the forest. Carbon sequestration figures high on that wish list.  The...

DIY ZERO: Plant a Tree

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Susan Nolan Trees provide many benefits: cooling shade, fruit, habitat for birds and other wildlife, privacy, beauty. On top of all that, they sequester carbon in their wood, and the fall bonanza of deciduous leaves...

Eye on Washington Farewell

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Dear Readers, First, I would like to thank you for your continued interest in the Eye on Washington column we began ten years ago.  That column was born mostly out of my continued commuting between homes...

Activists Block Logging in Jackson State Forest

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EPIC Press Release  On August 25th, CAL FIRE announced that logging would resume in Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF). CAL FIRE made this announcement without informing Chairman Michael Hunter of the Coyote Valley Band of...

Which Way The Wind Festival Returns

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Which Way the Wind Press Release Which Way The Wind (WWTW) Festival returns October 7 - 15, with multi-disciplinary arts presentations as well as panel discussions. Individual festival events will begin at 7 p.m. at...

Compassionate Cleanup Guide

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director According to the most recent Point in Time count by Humboldt County, there are at least 1,656 people living on the streets in our county. Due to the limitations of...

Newsom and Biden Talk Like Environmental Advocates, But Their Actions Tell a Different...

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Felice Pace, North Group Water Chair My mother was fond of aphorisms. One of her favorites was “Actions speak louder than words.”  Governor Newsom is a case in point. He says all the right things on...

California Native Plant Society | October 2022

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Evening Program October 12, Wednesday, 7:30 pm. “The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History” The Klamath Mountains contain some of the most exceptional temperate plant communities in the world. Within its geographic boundaries, over 3,500 taxa...

Pumpkins: Wasted Flesh or Animal Feast?

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Krista Miller, Zero Waste Humboldt The pumpkin, a native plant of the Americas, is thought to have been first cultivated as long as 9,000 years ago. Its solid, thick flesh proved ideal for storing during...

Rising Groundwater: Flooding from Below

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Jen Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director In June, Humboldt Baykeeper received funding from the California Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize contaminated sites around the bay that are most at risk from rising sea level and groundwater....
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The Sandpiper | October 2022

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Click here to see a PDF of the October 2022 Sandpiper

Defining “Old-Growth” First Step in Protecting Ancient Forests

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Kimberly Baker, EPIC Public Lands Advocate On Earth Day, President Biden signed an Executive Order to protect mature and old-growth trees. This direction by the President begs the question: What is an old-growth tree or...

The Invention of Jaywalking

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Colin Fiske, Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities This is the second in a series of articles in the EcoNews about the history of how American communities were designed for cars. Last month’s article described the...

Prison Held Accountable for Water Quality Violations

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Mpingo Uhuru, Guest Author Mpingo Uhuru is incarcerated at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. She has written 47 novels including three books of poetry, had works showcased at the 2019 Queer Arts Festival...

El Regreso a Mouralherwaqh

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director Traducción por Carlrey Arroyo El 19 de agosto, los miembros de la Tribu Wiyot celebraron el regreso a Mouralherwaqh, una parcela de 46 acres de tierras boscosas y humedales que fue...

Coming Home to Mouralherwaqh

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director On August 19 members of the Wiyot Tribe celebrated coming home to Mouralherwaqh, (you can find the pronunciation at https://qrco.de/bdLc60) a 46-acre parcel of wooded lands and wetlands south of...

California Ballot Measures

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director On November 8, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on seven statewide ballot initiatives, the fewest on the ballot since 1916. The initiative process is one of the...

Exploring Solidarity Economics

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist Trying to make sense of the complex ways capitalism, colonialism, and climate change are intertwined is enough to make anyone’s head turn. In the midst of the current crisis, it...

Dear EcoNews: Concerned Consumer

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Dear EcoNews,  Lately I have been on a learning journey to understand more about the environmental and health effects of the various cleaning products I use around the house and on my body. I have...

Farm Feature: Table Bluff Farms

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist Table Bluff Farm, located in Loleta, is a first-generation, woman-owned microfarm that offers mixed seasonal vegetables, pastured eggs, and cut flowers to the community. The farm is owned and managed by...

News from the Center | October 2022

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Larry Glass, NEC Board President Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director Student Debt Stifles Activism After a recent article about Cal Poly Humboldt and what the university’s new incarnation could mean for environmental fields, an email exchange with...