Does “Vegetation Management” Equal Clearcuts? Concerns Grow Over TPUD Proposal

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by Caroline Griffith In what they are calling “Proactive right of way expansion and vegetation management” in the name of fire safety, the Trinity Public Utilities District (TPUD) and the Western Area Power Authority (WAPA)...
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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...

Toward an Effective Water Quality Plan for the Smith River Plain

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                                                     By Felice Pace, Water Chair for North Group Redwood Chapter Sierra Club   The North Coast Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) recently released its Draft Water Quality Plan for the Smith River Estuary Lands known...

Eye on Washington July 2021

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by Dan Sealy Atmosphere in Washington The hot, humid, summer weather with the constant hum of 17 year cicadas sets the stage for politics. This is the time of year when pre-air-conditioned Washington once was in...

La ciudad de Eureka busca permitir que las aguas residuales permanezcan en la bahía...

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Presione soltar por Surfrider Foundation y Humboldt Baykeeper EUREKA, California - Surfrider Foundation, Humboldt Baykeeper y el Centro de Información de Protección Ambiental (EPIC) están pidiendo a la ciudad de Eureka que solucione un problema...

Another Caltrans Travesty

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by Elaine Weinreb    Westhaven has always been a quiet rural place with no downtown, no stores - at least in recent years - and no city government of any sort.  It is tree-lined with mature...

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We're hiring a part-time Office Assistant! This is a great opportunity to get involved with your local environmental center. Hours: 20 hours a week. most to occur when office is open (Monday 9-1; Tuesday –...

Supervisor’s Questionnaire: Environmental Challenges

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What do you think the County’s biggest environmental challenges are, and how do you think the County should address them? 4th District: Virginia Bass: One of our biggest environmental challenges is the potential abandonment of properties...
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Safe, Healthy Transportation is Always Essential

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by Colin Fiske The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to rethink the way we do things and to adopt new strategies and practices in response—some of which will be only temporary, but some...

Calling on the Honor of the US Park Police – Black Lives Matter

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By Dan Sealy NOTE: The opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the positions of the NEC or its Member Organizations. In 1982, Washington DC experienced blizzard conditions. A commercial liner carrying 74 passengers...

Snapshot HumCoast BioBlitz 2020: August 17 – 31

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  Calling all beach-goers and nature-lovers! We need your eyes and your smart phones to gather observations for the Snapshot HumCoast BioBlitz taking place from August 17 - 31. A BioBlitz is a community science...

Get On Board for the Climate: Sharpen Your Wits on Die-Hard Skeptics

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by Martha Walden for The What Now Coalition   Is changing the minds of climate change skeptics even possible at this point? Connie Roser-Renouf not only believes it is, she has dedicated considerable research to the...

Coastal Cleanup Day Final Data

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Casey Cruikshank, NEC Coastal Programs Coordinator According to reports from the California Coastal Commission, California was the world leader in cleanup events for Coastal Cleanup Month in September. Despite many challenges, over 10,000 volunteers showed...

Composting Mill Waste Wins Blue Ribbon for the Climate

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GET ON BOARD FOR THE CLIMATE Martha Walden, Wendy Ring for 11th Hour Each year, Environmental Science and Management students at Humboldt State University tackle a local environmental challenge. Last spring semester they were enlisted by Redwood...
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Red Flags for Greenwashing

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Margaret Gainer, President, Zero Waste Humboldt Board of Directors This year, Zero Waste Humboldt public education will emphasize the mindfulness needed to be a conscious environmentalist at the point-of-purchase – in local stores and even...

More Than Luck – Vicki Ozaki, Kin to the Earth

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by Dan Sealy   Although there may have been some serendipity involved in the arrival of Vicki Ozaki from Sunnyvale, California to Humboldt State University in 1979, her journey as a Japanese American woman geologist is...

Quiz: Test Your Earth Day Knowledge

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How much do you know about Earth Day? Take this quiz to find out! Sources: Earthday.org, Earth Day Wikipedia   Which year did the first Earth Day take place? 1962 1970 1972 1990   Which day is...

News From the Center

by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully   We’ve been getting a lot of calls here at the NEC about logging taking place in many of our local watersheds. Many of these are occurring on timber industry-owned...

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...

An NEC Remembrance…

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by Tom Leskiw Summer 1978 found me working as a hydrologic technician in Hayfork for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. My primary duty was to walk streams and characterize their attributes that included gradient, total discharge...

Year-End Wrap Up (We Ain’t Gonna Miss You, 2021)

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Join Gang Green for a review of the highlights and lowlights of 2021. Friends of the Eel River organized a motley crew of enviros, organized labor, religious leaders and others in a coalition to...
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Local Author Sharon Levy Discusses the Arcata Marsh

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George Zaminsky, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, interviews local science author Sharon Levy on her newly released book "The Marsh Builders: The Fight for Clean Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife”, which centers around the story...

EcoNews Report Roundup: Latest environmental news stories for December 2018

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15 Environmental stories in 30 minutes – that’s the EcoNews Roundup! For December’s EcoNews Report Roundup Larry Glass, NEC’s Executive Director, and Bella Waters, NEC’s Admin & Development Director, cover the following news stories:...

Environmental Policy Intern

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You can have a Virtual Washington, D.C. Experience and Learn how Policy is Made and Changed Learn Where Conservation Meets National Politics Knowledge of the relationship between politics and conservation is useful knowledge whether your...

Shorts: Bite-Sized Bits of Interest and Positivity

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Protesting Just Got Easier Due to COVID 19, the Bureau of Land Management will accept emailed protests of oil and gas lease sales “for the foreseeable future.” Previously, in many states, protests had to be...