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NEC Supports SB 424 – Tobacco Product Recyclability and Producer Responsibility Act

Senator Jackson is currently authoring a bill (SB 424) that seeks to eliminate plastic waste and pollution due to single-use tobacco products. The bill bans sale of single-use tobacco products, including single-use filters, single-use...

EPIC and NEC Submit Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project

EPIC and the Northcoast Environmental Center submitted comments to the Humboldt County Planning Department regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Humboldt Wind Energy Project. View entire comments: Humboldt Wind Project EPIC.NEC 6.14     Dear...

NEC Supports AB-54 – Single Use Packaging and Products Legislation

Senator Ben Allen is currently authoring a bill (SB 54) that seeks to curb some of the mass amounts of single use plastics that are overrunning our oceans and state's wild places, in general....
An artistic rendering of the proposed hotel project at Cher-Ae Heights Casino off Scenic Drive south of Trinidad, as submitted to the North Coast Journal.

Trinidad Rancheria Unveils its Revised Hotel Proposal

From the North Coast Journal, March 18: "The Trinidad Rancheria recently presented its revised concept of a 100-room hotel on the bluffs of Scenic Drive but it aroused little enthusiasm from the residents of Trinidad. David...
Cover of the January 24, 2019 edition of the North Coast Journal, featuring the return of Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe.

‘We’re Coming Home’ The unprecedented return of Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe

In an unprecedented move, the Eureka City Council voted in December 2018 to return Indian Island to the Wiyot, becoming the first city municipality to return land to an indigenous tribe. As reported in the...

In Memory of Mary Oliver, poet

In Memory of poet Mary Oliver September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019 Water What is the vitality and necessity of clean water? Ask the man who is ill, who is lifting his lips to the cup. Ask the forest. © 2009...

End of year fundraiser – Support the NEC!

Dear Friend of the Northcoast Environmental Center, During this tumultuous year of seemingly nonstop attacks on the environment, we have tried to stay on task and have managed some successes. With Congress and the Administration’s...
Canyon Creek, a proposed Wild & Scenic River, in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Harris Introduced the Senate Bill ‘‘Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act’

On Wednesday, December 05, 2018 US Senator from California, Kamala Harris, introduced the Senate Bill ‘‘Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act’’ (NCWRWFA). The bill is a companion bill with the same title...

Community Outcry Results in Mercer-Fraser’s Removal of Proposed Hash-Lab in Willow Creek

Overwhelming community turnout at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's December 4th Meeting resulted in Mercer-Fraser and the Board of Supervisor's withdrawal of the cannabis portion of Mercer-Fraser's Willow Creek rezoning application. The site will...

Friends of the Eel River Ask California and US to Protect NW California Summer...

Friends of the Eel River have formally petitioned state and federal fisheries agencies to protect the summer steelhead of Northwestern California rivers under their respective Endangered Species Acts. These unique, and increasingly rare, fish...
1964 Flood Sign near Mercer-Fraser's Willow Creek property. Proposed site for cannabis hash lab.

UPDATE: Board of Supervisors to Vote on Trinity River Hash Lab Dec 4...

There is a rally planned for 12:30pm in front of the County Courthouse in response to this proposal. NEC will be there - please join us!   Hash labs + Flood Plain + Elementary School +...
Water drop photo by Joao Paulo Martins, Flickr CC

NEC Opposes Water Grab Proposition – Vote No on Proposition 3

For Immediate Release:  NEC Opposes Water Grab Proposition – Vote No on Proposition 3 October 31, 2018 –The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) opposes Proposition 3 on this year’s November 5 ballot. We suggest you read...
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State Issues Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory using Baykeeper’s Mercury Data

State Issues Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory using Baykeeper's Mercury Data On Tuesday, the State of California issued an official fish advisory for Humboldt Bay using data from Humboldt Baykeeper's recent study of mercury in fish...

Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions

Protecting and restoring forests would reduce 18% of emissions by 2030 and help to avoid global temperature rise beyond 1.5C The following excerpt was originally published by the Guardian: "The role of forests in combating climate...
Eel River Canyon is part of the proposed Great Redwood Trail Act. Photo: Carodean Road Designs, Flickr CC.

Great Redwood Trail Will be a Reality!

On September 29, Governor Brown signed SB 1029—what was once known as the Great Redwood Trail Act! From a press release from Senator Mike McGuire's office: Senator Mike McGuire’s landmark legislation that seeks to turn the...

The NEC’s Madison Peters in the news

"Madison Peters, the Coastal Programs Coordinator at the North Coast Environmental Center, said her work has given her a first-hand view of what “single-use addiction” looks like. Peters said during the (annual NEC) coastal...

DAVID “GYPSY” CHAIN 20th Anniversary Memorial

DAVID “GYPSY” CHAIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL SUNDAY, SEPT. 16TH THE HISTORIC EAGLE HOUSE 139 SECOND STREET, EUREKA CA ADMISSION $25 - STUDENTS NO CHARGE 7:00 DOORS - REFRESHMENTS, NO HOST BAR FINE ART & CRAFT SILENT AUCTION  8:00 PROGRAMHOSTED BY:JULIA...
Screenshot from video showing temperature anomalies from 1880-2017, from EarthSky.org.video

Watch it get Hotter 1880-2017

The following excerpt was originally published on EarthSky: "An anomaly is something that deviates from what’s standard, or expected. This global warming visualization – created by Antti Lipponen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute – shows yearly temperature...

Wind Energy Projects Proposed for Humboldt County

As the world’s finite energy sources continue to be depleted—creating massive environmental damage and increasing the rate of climate change along the way—shifting to renewable energy sources is becoming more important than ever. As they...

Arcata City Council Continues Deliberation on Controversial Student Housing Project

The Arcata City Council continued their deliberation on The Village student housing project in their July 17 meeting, the latest in a series of ongoing public hearings about the controversial development project. The Village project...

NEC and EPIC File Complaint Against Mercer-Fraser Co. and U.S. Forest Service Over Unauthorized...

On June 18, the Northcoast Environmental Center along with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint against the U.S. Forest Service and Mercer-Fraser Construction Company over the ongoing unauthorized use of public...
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What is Happening to Humboldt County’s Recyclables?

Following the introduction of a new policy in China earlier this year, much of the world is experiencing an extreme recycling crisis. As of January 1, China put a ban on foreign imports of...
Proposed Village housing project from Maple Lane

Arcata City Council Begins Deliberation on Controversial Student Housing Project

In last week’s meetings, the Arcata City Council began a public hearing regarding a controversial student housing project proposed for the Sunset Neighborhood on St. Louis Road. The project, including many recent updates to...
A protester holds a sign stating "Deport Trump." Photo: vhines200, Flickr.com CC.

Taking away your right to protest

The following excerpt was originally published on Grist by Justine Calma: "In the past 18 months, more than 60 bills have been introduced in 31 states that specifically target protests — whether it’s racial justice activists shutting...

The Senate has released their version of the ‘farm bill’ 

The following was originally published by Megan Birzell, National Forest and Roadless Defense Campaign Manager for the Wilderness Society. "The Senate released their version of the ‘farm bill’ last Friday, and the Senate Ag Committee markup is...