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Salmon People in an Era of Ecological Colonialism

“When we call ourselves salmon people, that’s very literal in our purpose to take care of salmon. So that means the river and the forest, and all of these other things that create salmon...
Humboldt marten. Photo: Charlotte Eriksson, Oregon State University.

EcoNews Report Roundup: Latest environmental news stories

13 Environmental stories in 30 minutes - that's the EcoNews Roundup! On today’s EcoNews Report Roundup Larry Glass, NEC's Executive Director, and Bella Waters, NEC's Admin & Development Director, cover the following news stories: Humboldt...
Joe Tyburczy of California Sea Grant Extension and HSU graduate student Eric LeBlanc recently deployed instruments during very low tides to measure pH levels and other environmental conditions in and near eelgrass beds in Humboldt Bay. Credit Brian Carter

Can Eelgrass Reverse the Effects of Ocean Acidification?

Joe Tyburczy is a marine ecologist with the California Sea Grant Extension who is studying the effects of eelgrass on ocean acidification. Joe and his colleagues are examining eelgrass’s role in reversing the effects...
Colin Fiske at Clam Beach. Photo: Courtesy of Colin Fiske.

How Do We Design the Plaza for People?

What does it mean to design a public space for people over cars? Colin Fiske of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities discusses the key principles of transportation planning and how the Arcata Plaza...

Questioning Local Government Transparency and Accountability

“The key piece of this whole scheme, is that you get out from under the requirement to provide fish passage over Scott dam” Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center, hosts...
Arcata Marsh CC Flickr Terrence McNally

Local Author Sharon Levy Discusses the Arcata Marsh

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...
Humboldt Board of Supervisors Candidates during May 10 2018 Candidate Forum

Who are the Board of Supervisors?

Elections are coming up June 5, and that means it is time once again to vote for local measures and candidates, including the Board of Supervisors. For this EcoNews Report the Northcoast Environmental Center’s...
Hundreds of people, including Tribal members, landowners, and climate activists, rallied at the Oregon State Capital in 2015 to ask Governor Kate Brown to oppose the Jordan Cove LNG proposal. Credit Alex Milan Tracy

Broad Coalition Says No to Jordan Cove LNG and Pipeline

Pete Nichols talks to Waterkeeper Alliance Senior Organizer Lesley Adams about a fracked gas pipeline that would trample farms, ranches, and tribal lands to reach a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in...
Coho spawning on the Salmon river Credit Wikimedia Commons

Victory in Court for Klamath Salmon

"Rivers carry more than just water – they also carry sediment which is very important to a river’s function and its ability to naturally regulate itself from diseases." Friends of the Eel River's Conservation Director...
Julian Lange at a NO-GO Road Protest. Photo: Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium.

The NO-GO Road 30 Years Later

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...
Marbled Godwits are one of manny species of shorebirds that flock to Humboldt Bay in the spring. Artwork courtesy of Godwit Days.

Godwit Days Festival is this weekend!

Godwit Days is an annual festival celebrating spring bird migration in and around Humboldt Bay, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, hawks, owls, songbirds. My guest is Godwit...
Scott Dam graphic from PG&E.

Dam Safety and Railroad Bills Move Forward in Sacramento

Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director, and Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director, discuss new and proposed state legislation and how it may effect the Eel River. California...
Marbled murrelet at sea. Photo: Craig Strong.

North Coast Marbled Murrelet Status Update

"The reason we count murrelets at sea is, of course, because in the forest they are flying around at really high speeds in the dawn or dusk and while you can see them and...
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...

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...
Fisheries biologist Ross Taylor weighs a halibut caught for study.

Is It Safe To Eat Fish from Humboldt Bay?

Have you wondered whether it is safe to eat fish from Humboldt Bay? Humboldt Baykeeper has been testing mercury levels in local fish with today’s guest, fisheries consultant Ross Taylor. For more info, visit humboldtbaykeeper.org...
Latina woman in a redwood forest with a banana slug. Photo: Ruby Rodriquez/Latino Outdoors.

How Can We Make the Redwoods More Inclusive?

Close your eyes and think of an "environmentalist." What do you see? If its an old white guy (probably with a beard and a walking stick), you are not alone! Environmentalism has a diversity...
The Scott Dam on the Eel River. Photo: Rob Badger/Friends of the Eel River.

Is the Future of Eel River Dams Being Decided Behind Closed Doors?

Tune in for a discussion of the fate of the Eel River dams that highlights more questions than answers. Pacific Gas and Electric made headlines last week when they announced, during the Eel Russian...
A floating wnd turbine off Aqucadoura, Portugal.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Proposes Offshore Wind Project

Will Humboldt be the site of the West Coast’s first offshore wind energy project? Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Executive Director Matthew Marshall discusses the agency’s proposal for 10-15 floating wind turbines 20-30 miles west of...
Overlooking the Mad River. Photo: Jesse Palmer, Flickr CC.

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

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...
Humboldt marten in a tree. Photo: USFWS.

Humboldt’s Most Elusive Critter

With less than 100 individuals left in California, the Humboldt marten is one of the state's most endangered species. While it once haunted the coastal forests from Oregon to Santa Cruz, the Humboldt marten...
Caribou Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Photo courtesy of SAFE.

The Importance of Baseline and Cumulative Effects

"This is where we get to the idea of cumulative effects - how do we ensure that the watershed remains capable of supporting salmon and steelhead and other species that we need and frankly...
The Klamath River near Happy Camp. Photo: Matt Baun, Flickr CC, USFWS.

Klamath Dam Removal in its First Stages

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...
Indian Beach. Photo: Jennifer Kalt.

Protecting our Coasts from Offshore Oil Drilling

On January 4, the Trump Administration announced its plan to open nearly all federal waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. It would be the largest ever proposed, with 47 leases, including 6 off...
Railroad crossing completely washed out at Rocky Gulch alongside hwy 101. Photo: Scott Greacen.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River's on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority....
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

“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...