Community Coastal Column: Peninsula Pride

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by Ivy Munnerlyn, NEC Coastal Programs Coordinator I’m a newer transplant to Humboldt County, and one of the first things that struck me upon arriving here was just how much the community cares about this...

Get On Board for the Climate: Can We Stop Worrying Yet?

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by Martha Walden for 350 Humboldt   The huge federal spending bill that was passed during the hectic last days of 2020 included an unexpected breakthrough for the environment. The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act...

70,000 Cigarette Butts Picked Up by NEC Volunteers | 2016-2020

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We are so grateful for and impressed by our Coastal Programs volunteers! In the last 4 years they have picked up over 70,000 cigarette butts from our community!   If you're interested in joining our team...

March 7 – Spring Dinner and Dance Fundraiser

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Baked potato photo credit: Parker Freierbach | Delish.Com Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 5 - 9 PM Location: Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Rd, Bayside, CA You're invited to the Northcoast Environmental Center's Spring Dinner & Dance...

Presentación de la Guía de identificación de desechos marinos

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Por Ivy Munnerlyn traducción por Jasmin Segura   Si alguna vez has limpiado una playa en el condado de Humboldt, probablemente te hayas encontrado con algo que te haga preguntar "¿qué diablos es esto?" Es fácil identificar...

Creature Feature: Northern Rubber Boa

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Say hello to the Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae), the Northern-most species of Boa in the world! This is one of the shyest species we've highlighted for Creature Feature. A far cry from its...
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...

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...
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...

Solutions Summit April 2022

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CO-OPS NETWORK FOR INVESTMENTS Seed Commons, a nationwide network of cooperative loan funds and business incubators, provides support and funding for worker-owned co-op businesses across America. Working as a group, the various member organizations of Seed...

Help a Legendary Photographer Complete His Dream

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by Ally Gran and Ted Humphrey Dave Van de Mark is a living legend at Redwood National & State Parks. He arrived in Northern California in 1963 as acres and acres of old-growth redwood forest,...
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Zero Waste Humboldt⁃ The Circular Economy

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by Margaret Gainer As Humboldt County’s Prosperity Network of government, private, and nonprofit economic development agencies begin working together to rebuild Humboldt County’s economy damaged by the coronavirus, now is the ideal time to integrate...

Humboldt County Boards and Commissions—A Call for Fresh Air & Diverse Thinkers

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by Ali Ong Lee   Most of us are thinking about breathing clean air and the upcoming presidential and congressional elections -- whose outcomes deeply affect our rural lives in Humboldt County.  Consider this: the hyper-local...
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Zero Waste and COVID-19

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Margaret Gainer, President, Zero Waste Humboldt Board of Directors This author is not a public health nor infectious disease control expert. She is a consultant-trainer specializing in sustainable materials management and advocates for the Zero...

California Refineries’ Plans to Convert to Soy Raise Doubts About Biofuels

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By Gary Graham Hughes, Biofuelwatch   The recent announcements from Phillips 66 and Marathon to convert their San Francisco Bay Area refineries from processing crude petroleum to processing high deforestation-risk feedstock, such as soy, are getting...

Craft for the Coast Sponsors

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Support Craft for the Coast! Our 2nd Annual Craft for the Coast Trash Art Contest is an exciting new event that engages our local community through art, upcycling, trash cleanups, and community activism. Participants will...

Kid’s World Ocean Day Celebrates Our Oceans with Art

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Press release, Friends of the Dunes After a year in which distance learning became standard in California’s schools, hundreds of elementary students from cities across California will be joining together virtually to send a message...
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Carbon Farming – A Win-Win?

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by Gifford Hall, Zero Waste Humboldt HSU Intern Agricultural and forestry practices account for at least 24% of global carbon emissions. Under current management practices, agriculture remains one of the leading contributors to global carbon...

Get Ready for Coastal Cleanup Month 2021!

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by Ivy Munnerlyn, Coastal Programs Coordinator   Well, folks...it’s that time of year again! At the NEC, August means one thing: Coastal Cleanup Day is right around the corner! After a challenging year, we couldn’t be...

Media Release: Enviro Groups Call Out County for CEQA Misrepresentation

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NEC and CSH Call Out Planning Department for Pattern of Inaccurate Characterizations of CEQA’s Standards and Requirements For immediate release, May 3, 2021   (Eureka, CA) In response to what they see as an ongoing pattern of...
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Fixing the Klamath: Restoration’s Three Essential Requisites

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    Felice Pace, North Group Water Chair  Fixing the Klamath -- by which I mean not just the survival of Klamath Salmon but the return of the river’s aquatic ecosystems to a state of health adequate...

Cleaning Up Coastal Cleanup Day

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By Caroline Griffith For many of us on the North Coast, gathering together to pick up trash on the beach is a family tradition. But did you know that Coastal Cleanup Day, which is now...
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EPIC Joins the Fight to Preserve Jackson Demonstration State Forest

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Matt Simmons, EPIC The land that is now called the Jackson Demonstration State Forest (“JDSF”) has been the home of the Coast Yuki and Northern Pomo peoples since time immemorial. The Coast Yuki and Northern...

Intersectional Environmentalism: Justice for People and the Planet

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Johanna Rivera, Outings Leaders from Latino Outdoors  [email protected] Have you heard of the new buzz word “intersectional environmentalism,” recently defined by Leah Thomas? Earlier this year in May, during the uprisings following the murder of George...

Women of the Early NEC

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by John Amodio, former NEC Executive Director   The early 1970’s, when the NEC was founded, was a tumultuous time in America.  “Liberation” was the common goal for an array of marginalized groups seeking greater recognition...