Photo: Martin Swett



Call Like a Pro: Easy tips to make your advocacy more effective

By Elizabeth Connor

A phone is a powerful tool, if wielded effectively. To maximize your impact, follow these tips, courtesy of Elizabeth Conner, former legislative staff for Boston City Council, lobbyist for Massachusetts Tenants Organization, and Arcata City Council Member. In light of recent national events, Elizabeth decided to write up these tips to encourage and make it easier for others to pick up the phone and tell elected officials how they want them to vote.




Dredge Dumping Redux: Samoa Beach Again Proposed for Sludge Disposal

By Delia Bense-Kang

Nearly a decade ago, a lack of planning combined with a dire need for dredging in Humboldt Bay erupted into controversy. While everyone agreed the channels needed to be cleared, the proposed dumping of dredge material on Samoa Beach divided the community with fishermen on one side and recreational beach goers on the other.

Today we find ourselves in almost the exact same situation. Dredging of Humboldt Bay has once again become an undeniably urgent matter and Samoa Beach has again been proposed as the best disposal option. Unfortunately, despite having 10 years to find a long-term solution, the Humboldt Bay Harbor District and City of Eureka are just beginning to present to the public options for disposing of dredge spoils from their marinas.


Also check out Humboldt Baykeeper's article, Understanding Dredging in Humboldt County



California Cap-and-Trade: Environmental justice takes a back burner to forest offset market

By Gary Graham Hughes

At first blush, the stories of landscape stewardship and forest restoration surrounding the commercialization of carbon credits as tradeable forest offsets in the California Cap-and-Trade Program are heartwarming. Encouragement arises from the promises of well-intentioned forest landowners finding new carbon accounting-based streams of revenue to assist in responding to the considerable financial challenges of managing depleted forests. The celebration of the new forest offset market that apparently puts the sordid history of forest liquidation and cut-and-run practices to rest is a bright ray of sunshine piercing through the dark clouds of climate change.

What is missing, however, are the bitter realities that expose how the exorbitant utilization of forest offsets in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program could be doing more harm than good. Without adequate consideration of the climate impacts at the polluter end of the forest-offset equation, the irreversible impacts from the emissions of fossil fuels continue largely unabated. These emissions are without question the primary driver of the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Offsets deceive the public regarding the clear dangers of continued mobilization of fossilized carbon, the result of which is to delay the urgent and dramatic measures our society must take to eliminate our use of fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic climate change.




Locals Bring International Climate Movement to Humboldt

By Tom Wheeler

EPIC, together with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Cascadia Wildlands, and the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Big Beef—the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation—that seeks to remove state protections for the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act. As intervenors in the lawsuit, EPIC would represent the majority of Californians who are excited about the wolves’ return. The intervenors are represented by Greg Loarie of Earthjustice.







Third Annual Tim McKay Birdathon

The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) are again teaming up to sponsor the Tim McKay Memorial Birdathon! Tim McKay was the longtime director of the NEC. The Birdathon will benefit the NEC and RRAS equally.




Great Old Broads in the Redwoods!

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by elders, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Formed in 1989 by a feisty bunch of lady hikers in Utah, today there are over 5000 members across the country and 36 Broadbands (local chapters) supporting grassroots advocacy to ensure wilderness and wild places are preserved for future generations. 

The Great Old Broads are hosting two multi-day events this summer in redwood country educate about the history, natural history and legislative promise in our region. Among other guests, Ryan Henson of the California Wilderness Coalition will speak to the group both weeks about our proposed legislation and Kimberly Baker of EPIC will provide updates on current work with the forest management in the Klamath/Siskiyou region.

Participants will also have the option to register for a kayak trip down the Smith River through old-growth redwood forest.

For more information or to register, visit the links below:

Redwoods Broadwalk I: July 6-10 

Redwoods Broadwalk II: July 13-17