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News From the Center

  From the Center April/May 2020 Larry Glass   It’s with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that I announce our wonderful Administrative & Development Director Bella Waters has...

Let’s Make Earth Day Meaningful

Caroline Griffith This February was the second driest on record for Humboldt County, which is also ground-zero for sea-level rise on the West Coast with...
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Using Public Banks to Finance Climate Solutions

  David Cobb   Readers of the EcoNews know that we are in a climate crisis, so there is no need to convince you of that reality....

Humboldt County Investigates Climate Bond Measure

Tom Wheeler   In March, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to investigate whether a municipal bond could help fund renewable energy development and other...

Trinidad Rancheria Hotel One Step Closer

Caroline Griffith A six story, 100-room hotel proposed by the Trinidad Rancheria at their Cher-Ae Hieghts Casino has received a green-light from the Bureau of...

House Passes Massive Public Lands Bill, Fulfilling Promise to Local Conservation Groups

Caroline Griffith   Following through on a promise made long ago on the campaign trail, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman recently celebrated the passage of his Northwest...

Guest Opinion – The Owl They Will Shoot

guest opinion, by Ellen E. Taylor NOTE: Opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the positions of the NEC or its Member organizations.  The...

Business Packaging Waste Reduction Pilot Project

Maggie Gainer, Zero Waste Humboldt The online buying culture created by Amazon Prime is attractive to increasing numbers of consumers because of its extreme convenience....
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EPIC: Revisions for the Northwest Forest Plan on the Horizon?

Tom Wheeler, Environmental Protection Information Center Executive Director Ancient forests once stood across the Pacific Northwest. Stalwart giants, moss-covered hardwoods, and a dense underbrush. These...

Eileen Cooper: Kin to the Earth

Tom Wheeler, EPIC Executive Director If you didn’t know better, you might discount Eileen Cooper. Eileen is rather petite and, usually buried under a large...

DIY Solar Generator

Ken Miller, McKinleyville by the Sea My neighbor’s generator sounds like a dental drill in my house. There’s no escaping the irritating sound and nauseating...

Where Are They Now? Briana Villalobos

Briana Villalobos She/her/they A Southern California transplant, Briana graduated with a BA in sociology at Humboldt State University in 2016. As an avid advocate and self-proclaimed...
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Humboldt Baykeeper & EcoRights Settle FEMA lawsuit over National Flood Insurance Program

Jennifer Kalt, Director In January, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Ecological Rights Foundation finalized a settlement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that blocks adoption...
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Local Sierra Club Offering Camp Scholarships

by Sue Leskiw, North Group Sierra Club Treasurer North Group, Redwood Chapter, Sierra Club is seeking children to attend two overnight camps in Petrolia this...
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Humboldt County Joins “Coalition of the Willing” Seeking a New Klamath Water Deal

by Felice Pace, North Group Water Chair   Supervisor Steve Madrone is representing Humboldt County on the Coalition of the Willing (COW), an initiative of the...

Coalition For Responsible Transportation Priorities: Join the Coalition!

Colin Fiske The Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP) is celebrating five years since our founding in 2015. In that time, we’ve accomplished a lot...

Practicing Spacious Solidarity

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers....
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Student Focus: HSU Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) and ROSE House

Jackson Carrasco NEC Zero Waste Intern At Humboldt State University and the surrounding community, The WRRAP program is known by all as a long time leader...
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Eye On Washington: Offshore Energy Development

April-May 2020  Dan Sealy, NEC Legislative Analyst  While election year activities ramp up, there is a great deal of activity related to conservation, public land management,...

Letters to EcoNews: Delta Tunnel Project Will Harm Salmon

On March 2 the California State Department of Water Resources (DWR) held a public scoping hearing in Redding California, the only one in the...
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California Native Plant Society: Changing Plans

Carol Ralph   Changing Plans  Our April and May evening programs are canceled, hopefully to be rescheduled for the fall. We are showing you here the field...

Shorts: A World Without People (For the Moment): The Environmental Upside of COVID-19

Caroline Griffith In the days since Italy shut down all non-essential businesses and put citizens in quarantine, swans and dolphins have appeared in the canals...

Creature Feature: Neighborhood Ferns, in the Forest and Dunes

Carol Ralph   Most people love ferns in general, but many people do not separate the various fern species from the green blur of a lusciously...

Get On Board for the Climate: Humboldt Climate Challenge

Martha Walden Here comes climate change like a monster truck barreling down on Earth. Time to stop standing in the headlights and arguing about who...

Casey’s Coastal Column | Citizen Science at the NEC

Casey Cruikshank   Since the beginning of the New Year, dedicated Coastal Programs participants have been working hard to collect valuable debris data, both on city...

New Ranger for Mad River District

Caroline Griffith Six Rivers National Forest announced in early March the selection of a new Ranger for the Mad River Ranger District. Kristen Lark, who...