Persistence, Conviction and Citizen Science Lead to a Win for Spring Chinook

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By Caroline Griffith  On Wednesday, June 16, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list Klamath spring Chinook salmon as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The listing came in response to a...

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...

Lucille and Dave Got in “Good and Necessary Trouble”

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By Sue Leskiw The late Congressman John Lewis described his involvement in the Civil Rights movement as getting in “good trouble, necessary trouble.” That phrase aptly applies to actions taken by Lucille Vinyard and Dave...

Married to the Movement

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by Chris Jenican Beresford   My involvement with the NEC is quite different from others in that I was married to Tim McKay from 1976 through 1988.  Our lives revolved around the environmental movement in those...

Remembering Arcata Community Recycling Center’s Origin Story

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by Maggie Gainer Following Earth Day 1970, drop-off recycling programs run by volunteers sprung up in college towns all across the U.S. With the leadership of NEC’s first executive director, Wesley Chesbro, Arcata Community Recycling...

Into the Wild 

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by Dan Sealy As a young man moving to Arcata from Oklahoma in 1970 to attend HSU, I had little-to-zero experience with the typical outdoor adventures that would be at my Redwood doorstep. Nor did...

Letter to EcoNews: County and State Officials are Trading Our Fish and Owls for...

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  Local officials in county government and those in relevant state agencies are trading away our fish, owls, and other important elements of our natural ecosystems for the benefit of large out-of-control cannabis grows. The...

Let’s Talk About the Future

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Northcoast Environmental Center staff   A half-century is a long time to do anything, but fifty years as a coalition of environmental groups is particularly impressive. While it’s incredibly valuable to learn from the experiences, successes...

News from the Center

by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully Here are some of the issues we've been talking about. Pacific Northwest Heat Storm We were a little unnerved, but not surprised, to read lead scientist at Berkeley Earth, Dr. Robert...

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...

Mindful Mondays: Hope Punk

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Hope Punk as a Model for Climate Anxiety Resilience “Hope Punk is the idea that regardless of how wrecked something is, or how bad something might be, you just act in the right way, you...

Solutions Summit

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by Michael Pulliam "very country in the world has improved its life expectancy over the last 200 years. In fact almost every country has improved by almost every measure…. My guess is you feel that...

 GET ON BOARD FOR THE CLIMATE: Humboldt Climate Game Is Back

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by Martha Walden, 11th Hour   Oblivious to the looming pandemic last year, 11th Hour scheduled five public events from Rio Dell to McKinleyville in March and April. We were working to gather Humboldt folks interested...

Time to Understand the “30 X 30” Strategy

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by Dan Sealy “30 by 30 is about setting a goal and bringing people together on conservation to conserve lands for future generations — a bipartisan idea that is very popular with the American people.”...

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...

Community Contributions: Village Rock Shop Butterflies

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My name is Xenia Mateiu and I am the owner of The Village Rock Shop, a small, local gemstones and crystals gift shop in Carlsbad, California. A special event is happening in the shop...

Wind and Solar Powered Clothes Dryer

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In 1938 the first clothes dryer was introduced in the United States.  This new invention quickly caught on and now more than 90% of Americans and 80% of Canadians use them exclusively.  While almost...

Creature Feature

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by Ivy Munnerlyn Great Blue Heron Scientific Name: Ardea herodias Wiyot Name: Heluqhiyan The Great Blue Heron is the largest species of heron in North America, with a wingspan of roughly 2m. They are also a very widespread...

Redrawing the Lines: Redistricting on the North Coast

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By Caroline Griffith   Article One of the United States Constitution establishes the United States House of Representatives and apportions Representatives to each state based on population, with the stipulation that the district lines must be...
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Sweet Carrots and Uncomfortable Sticks

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by Colin Fiske Climate chaos presents a clear and urgent mandate for people to change many of their behaviors. With transportation now accounting for the largest share of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, transportation behaviors are...

Proposed Bill Would Stop Succulent Poaching

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By Caroline Griffith Note: It has come to our attention that a photo used in a previous version of this article, as well as in the print version, is a photo of Sedum spathulifolium subsp....

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...

Collaborative Future Making: The Movement to Save Jackson Demonstration State Forest

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By Michelle McMillan, Mama Tree Network   The future can be daunting - especially when you’re young, and staring down the barrel of climate instability. A tree sit is simple. It takes a nebulous conversation and...
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CNPS Happenings — July 2021

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Stay Updated: www.northcoastcnps.org  https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/ CNPS welcomes everyone.  No expertise required. ................................................................. Evening Programs will resume in September -- we hope in-person as well as via Zoom! ................................................................................................... Field Trips Register with Carol at 707-822-2015 or [email protected] to learn details.  Covid protocols observed. July...
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Tracking Plastic Waste Crime

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by Maggie Gainer Recognizing the worldwide problems caused by the ever-increasing generation of plastic waste, the Basel Action Network’s (BAN) Plastic Waste Transparency Project has begun to track plastic waste crime.  Europe and North America are...