Julian Lange at a NO-GO Road Protest. Photo: Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium.

The NO-GO Road 30 Years Later

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This April marked the 30th anniversary of the GO Road. A road originally scheduled to run from Gasquet to Orleans (hence the name G-O) in order to permit timber harvesting and other resource extraction...
Overlooking the Mad River. Photo: Jesse Palmer, Flickr CC.

Proposed Cannabis Facility on the Mad River Puts Humboldt’s Drinking Water at Risk

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Mercer-Fraser, an engineering company based out of Eureka, is proposing the construction of a 5,000-square-foot cannabis manufacturing facility at their property on the Mad River near Glendale. The site is immediately upstream from Humboldt...
The Klamath River near Happy Camp. Photo: Matt Baun, Flickr CC, USFWS.

Klamath Dam Removal in its First Stages

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The Klamath dams have been a source of debate and controversy on the North Coast for decades. In 2016, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation was tasked with gaining ownership and removal of four PacifiCorp...
View from Titlow Hill looking south, in snow. Photo: John Abela, Flickr CC.

Changing the Law Rather than Enforcing it: The County’s Response to Illegal Activity on...

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Titlow Hill has been the location of illegal and unpermitted activities for decades. From building roads to sub-dividing and selling parcels, the development in this area poses major risks to its environment, wildlife, and...

Northcoast Environmental Center’s Board of Supervisors Candidate Questionnaire

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NEC Press Release Northcoast Environmental Center’s Board of Supervisors Candidate Questionnaire The Northcoast Environmental Center believes it is important for the electorate to be informed regarding the position of candidates on important Environmental issues. As such we...

Join the Northcoast Environmental Center to make every day Earth Day!

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NEC Press Release Celebrate the 48th year of Earth Day with the Northcoast Environmental Center! We will be hosting a beach cleanup Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 10am to 12pm at Samoa Beach Power Poles!...
Kelley Garrett (in a polar bear mask) holds signs at a National Monuments rally on the Arcata Plaza, December 2017. Photo: Sarah Duffy.

National Monument Cutbacks the Largest in US History

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“This is really a political move, I believe”, states Oregon representative Pam Marsh. In early December, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released his National Monument review, describing his recommendations for Monuments such as...

NEC’s Spaghetti Dinner FUN(d)Raiser with Music

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NEC Press Release The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) invites you to attend this year’s spaghetti dinner, dance and silent auction FUN(d)Raiser at Bayside Community Hall on Saturday, March 24. The dinner menu features a spaghetti bar,...

The NEC, EPIC, and Humboldt Baykeeper call for the resignation of Humboldt County Planning...

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NEC Press Release The Northcoast Environmental Center, EPIC, and Humboldt Baykeeper call for the resignation of Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny. As reported by the Lost Coast Outpost, in a Notice of Violation dated...
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Hundreds of North Coast Volunteers Work to Make Trash Extinct on 33rd Annual California...

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NEC Press Release Hundreds of Humboldt County residents turned out Saturday, September 16 for Coastal Cleanup Day to lend their hands in support of clean beaches and waterways. Over 600 volunteers trekked shorelines and inland...
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Lawsuit filed over cannabis cultivation impacts

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Press release from Friends of the Eel River: Friends of the Eel River (FOER) has filed suit against the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for failing to adequately protect our native fish and waters...

Terra-Gen Protest Rally and March – 12/14

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Terra-Gen Protest Rally and March (Update) Hosted By: North Coast Climate Justice Coalition Date and Time: Saturday, December 14 at 12 PM – 4 PM Location: Winema Theatre, 116 Main St, Scotia March and rally calling on Board of...
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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...
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...

Creature Feature: The Moon Snail, Conqueror of Clams

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by Casey Cruikshank The Moon Snail (Euspira lewisii) is one of the largest intertidal snails that can be found in the Northwest. Found in mud flats and sandy intertidal areas from Ketchikan, Alaska to Baja...
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Student Focus: Environmental Policy Intern, Kenny Mort

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My name is Kenny Mort and I am going into my senior year at Humboldt State University (HSU). I am majoring in Environmental Science and Management (ESM) with a focus in Planning and Policy...

Letter to the Editor: Black Lives Matter Still Matters in Humboldt County

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I noticed that in the September edition of EcoNews that the Black Lives Matter movement has already been forgotten, and that's a shame because the eco/green groups in Humboldt could learn a lot from...

Death, Victim-Blaming, Climate Chaos and Wetlands

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Colin Fiske, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Over the last twelve months, at least four people have been killed while walking or biking on Broadway in Eureka. Ashley Madonia was killed...

Short Bits of Interest and Positivity

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by Michael D. Pulliam HISTORIC REPRESENTATION IN WASHINGTON In the December issue of EcoNews, we noted that progressives were calling upon the incoming Biden administration to name Representative Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) as Secretary of the...

Letters to EcoNews

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  Small 'd' democracy - water and power   You don't want to swap water with the folks in Flint, MI, and you don't want to swap electricity reliability with anyone in Texas. Water and electricity are essential....

EPIC Uncovers Mendocino Redwood Company Violations that Endanger the Northern Spotted Owl

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By Matt Simmons The northern spotted owl (“NSO”) is an iconic species of the forest defense movement. And because of decades of activism and laws like the Endangered Species Act, timber companies are required to...

Opinion: Farm-Raising Atlantic Salmon in Humboldt County: Risky for Ecosystems and Communities 

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by Darcey Evans, Save California Salmon This is a guest opinion piece. The ideas and views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the Northcoast Environmental Center or its member groups.  Nordic Aquafarms, a...

Eureka 3rd St. Cleanup | July 31, 11 AM – 1 PM

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Join the NEC and the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction for a community cleanup this July! We'll meet at the parking lot of HACHR's office at 11am and spend a few hours taking...
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CAL FIRE Shirks Responsibilities by Delaying Surveys

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By Matt Simmons, EPIC Legal Fellow EPIC has noticed a disturbing trend in California’s private timber regulatory scheme. CAL FIRE has been approving timber harvest plans (THPs) prior to conducting necessary biological surveys for endangered,...
Northwest Pacific Rail alongside the mainstem Eel River. Credit Scott Greacen/Friends of the Eel River

Governor Brown Signed the Great Redwood Trail Bill!

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Scott Greacen, FOER's Conservation Director and Humboldt County's 3rd District Supervisor Mike Wilson discuss SB 1029. Formerly known as the Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029 shifts the North Coast Railroad Authority's mandate from developing...