2017 Year in Review

NEC staff Anne Maher and Madison Peters participate in the March for Science in Arcata, CA, April 22, 2017. Photo: Shohei Morita.

By Larry Glass and Bella Waters

Over five tons of debris cleaned on the North Coast on Coastal Cleanup Day!

As the year comes to a close, we’d like to share some of the NEC’s 2017 accomplishments!



Wildlife Corridors:

Protect Half the Earth to Save More than Half of Species

A drawing of an endangered kit fox from the NEC's Endangered Art Show, September 16-17, 2017. Drawing by Miriam Hohl.

By Dan Sealy

“Studies show that if we conserve half of our land and seas, at least 85 percent of species will be protected from extinction.”– Biologist, myrmecologist (ant researcher) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Dr. Edward O. Wilson in his latest book, “Half Earth.”

Dr. E. O. Wilson spoke at a conference in Washington, D.C. this October in support of a bill proposed by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Rep. Beyer introduced the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act in late 2016 “to help protect the nearly one in five animal and plant species in the U.S. at risk of extinction” and will soon reintroduce the bill, hopefully with bipartisan co-sponsors. 

The bill would task agencies with identifying and protecting wildlife corridors throughout the nation. New, robust Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have made the identification and tracking of corridors more effective and can be used in accomplishing many conservation goals for plants and animals.




A Living Plaza: A Concept for Arcata’s Social Space

 Illustration of current available parking near the Arcata Plaza, from the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities "A Living Plaza" report.

By Ryan Hansen

 The Arcata Plaza is often lauded for being one of the few “green plazas” in California, but the Plaza is 64 percent asphalt. The primary way to reach the Plaza is by car. By most civic standards, the sidewalks are narrow, and the sidewalks on the Plaza are recessed from the street to make room for abundant parking.

Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gases (GHG) in California, accounting for over 37 percent of total emissions, and cars are largely to blame. If Arcata is serious about fighting climate change, it has to start challenging “autonormativity.” In fact, in order to reduce these emissions, Arcata is calling for a non-motorized modeshare of 50 percent in its Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. A Plaza that is mostly a parking lot encourages people to drive and runs directly counter to these goals.






Adpot-a-Block flier

Are you an Adopt-a-Block Volunteer? Do you want to be? Join us for the second annual Adopt-a-Block Volunteer Appreciation Party! We will be meeting at the Northcoast Environmental Center (415 I St in Arcata) for a brief clean-up, followed by a free dinner of pizza and more, for all! Current volunteers will receive a big thank-you, and there will be sign-up opportunities and supplies for future volunteers. We will also be awarding, for the first time, the Golden Broom Award to an extra special volunteer! 

Adopt-a-Block is a volunteer program that allows you to adopt a block, storefront, bike path, or other space. Volunteers pick up litter and report monthly on their hours and waste they picked up. So far, the program has picked up over 18,000 cigarettes! To learn more, visit http://yournec.org/adoptablock.

Visit the Facebook event page here. 


Open House - January 25

NEC Open House - January 25 @the NEC office, 215 I St Arcata

Celebrate the successes of 2017 and look to the year ahead! Enjoy tasty treats, beverages and good company with volunteers, staff , board members and fellow supporters dedicated to protecting our North Coast.

Join us Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm
at our office in the Cooper Building
415 I St., Arcata
(east side of Richard’s Goat Tavern)

Please bring your own reusable dishware and cups. Parking is limited so we encourage biking or carpooling.

Call us at 707-822-6918 for more information, directions, or to RSVP. 

Visit the event page on Facebook. 



Attack on Antiquities Act Underway:
What you can do today

Two weeks ago, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), introduced the most aggressive attack on the Antiquities Act in recent history. H.R. 3990, the "National Monument Creation and Protection Act," is a radical and unprecedented attempt to gut the Antiquities Act, the law that creates national monuments and has established most national parks. This is one of the most anti-conservation, anti-sportsmen, anti-science pieces of legislation we have ever seen and would cripple the authority of the Antiquities Act.