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Dear NEC Supporter,
Nobody said it would be easy! In fact, 2021’s extreme and unpredictable conditions made it one of the most challenging years in the Northcoast Environmental Center’s proud 50-year history. We are pleased to report to you that the NEC stepped up to maintain a strong, unified voice for the Redwood Coast environmental community and direct action throughout the year.
With Congressman Huffman, we have worked hard for the passage of the Wilderness Act, we filed legal action against the County of Humboldt for their abuse of the CEQA process, and we expanded our Coastal Cleanup work, all while publishing EcoNews monthly to keep you informed of the most compelling environmental issues from throughout our region.
Your generous support makes it possible for us to do this work. Please help us to persist in our fight for the planet and environmental justice in 2022 with a donation to the NEC today. A positive way to contribute is by becoming an NEC Sustaining Member and making monthly payments of just $5, $10, $15 or more. Set up your Sustaining Membership on our website via credit card payments (www.yournec.org/donations), or you can mail monthly checks.
Five years ago, I volunteered to fill the NEC’s Executive Director role because at that time the organization was not financially able to hire a full-time Executive Director. In the last five years, we have made tremendous progress reimagining the NEC for the future. With this accomplished, I will resume my role as Board President and return the day to day responsibilities to a paid Executive Director. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to hire who I believe to be the ideal person to lead the NEC in the coming years. Let me introduce you to our new Executive Director, Caroline Griffith.
I know you may be thinking, “Wait a minute. Isn’t that the EcoNews editor?” Yes she is. And her excellent performance, leadership, and journalistic professionalism with the EcoNews has proven her capable of handling the responsibilities of Executive Director. Caroline’s environmental advocacy and political organizing background is impressive. Her understanding of the issues and commitment to coalition-building outside of the traditional environmental movement will increase our collective power. She is excited to take the same intersectional lens that she has brought to the pages of EcoNews into the broader advocacy work of the NEC.
I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to you for contributing to the NEC as we’ve been rebuilding. It’s because of your great generosity that we are in the position to be able to move forward with the good work we’ve been doing. I assure all of you that I will remain involved as an advisor to Caroline and as President of the Board of Directors.
We finish 2021 in very good shape and ready for the challenges 2022 will bring. Your support will facilitate our continued advocacy work, such as:
- Our potentially precedent-setting litigation over the Rolling Meadow industrial-sized Cannabis project. This legal challenge involves our assertion that Humboldt County was required to do a full Environmental Impact Report in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
- Monitoring fire suppression activities. This summer during the Monument, River Complex, McFarland, McCash and Knob Fires, we discovered the Forest Service was violating their own regulations with their indiscriminate use of bulldozers in the wilderness, and unnecessary and detrimental tree cutting. We have called for a full investigation of these abuses.
- Continuing to track other issues like, the proposed expansion of the Broadway Corridor, Nordic Aquafarms proposed fish factory, the Humboldt County Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Forest Service’s salvage logging plans, the crazy train proposal, and whatever else raises its ugly head.
Examples of staff achievements in 2021:
- Outreach Coordinator, Chelsea Pulliam, has brought positive growth to the organization in her 2.5 years at the NEC. Her proudest accomplishment this year was organizing the first annual Craft for the Coast: Trash Art Contest. Local trash crafters and upcycling artists responded to NEC’s call for trash art with extraordinary submissions and we celebrated the idea that art is activism and has the power to change the way we deal with trash as a community. Chelsea features solutions in all aspects of the NEC’s community outreach. With EcoNews, social media, and action alerts, we highlight the positive work individuals and organizations are doing locally and around the world to shift the focus from what’s going wrong to highlighting the powerful solutions that communities are embracing to bring about positive change. By sharing these stories, we inspire more people to join us in fighting for a better future.
- Ivy Munnerlyn is grateful to the NEC community for welcoming her to her new role as Coastal Programs Coordinator. This year’s Coastal Cleanup Month attracted 200+ volunteers, collected over 7,000 pieces of trash, and allowed for more flexible participation by emphasizing trash collection as a habit rather than a once-a-year event. We use the data volunteers collect at all of our trash-collecting programs — Trash-a-thon, Trash Trackers, Adopt-a-Beach, and Adopt-a-Block — to advocate for local waste reduction solutions, like the Arcata single-use foodware ban.
We are so grateful for all the support during this time of great challenge to our physical, political, social, emotional, and financial well being. On behalf of the entire NEC family, Board, member groups, volunteers and staff, we thank you for your sustained assistance in protecting this special place and all of its beings. With your help, we will continue this work for years to come.
The NEC is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. Our tax ID number is 23-7122386. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this contribution. Please keep this written acknowledgment of your donation for your tax records.