Coastal Cleanup Day a Success!
The PacOut Green Team poses for a group photo on Coastal Cleanup Day 2017. Photo: PacOut Green Team.

By Anne Maher

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

Saturday, September 16, hundreds of Humboldt County residents woke up early to go out, get a little dirty and pick up some trash for Coastal Cleanup Day 2017. Elementary, middle, high schoolers, college and volunteers who have been with us for years all showed up for the cleanup. This widely celebrated day is an annual tradition for many, and we welcome many more volunteers each year. At almost 60 different sites more than 600 volunteers purged our local beaches and waterways for the better half of the morning and throughout the day, amassing over five tons of garbage!



Spectacular All Species Parade!
Rob DiPerna and Briana Villalobos of EPIC pose under their Richardson Grove State Park umbrella. Photo courtesty of Rob DiPerna.

By Anne Maher

September 16 marked another successful All Species Parade! This festive celebration of all species, organized by the NEC, crowded the Arcata plaza with wolves, spiders, owls and more as it marched through the North Country Fair. The Trillium Dance Studio led the parade as a flock of butterflies, followed by Bandemonium and a youth drumline. The HSU River Otter Citizen Science Project, clad as a romp of river otters, walked alongside 350 Humboldt as they bobbed a school of salmon overhead. Folks from the Arcata Playhouse teetered behind with stilt walkers and grand masked puppeteers, and towards the back came the Pacific Alliance for Indigenous and Environmental Action with their Log Walk to Heal the Forest. Hundreds of other critters hopped, crawled, and slithered alongside to the beat of the booming music.




New Draft Wilderness Proposal

 Hiking in the Yolla-Bolly wilderness. Photo: Scott LaMorte.

By Ryan Hansen

Congressman Huffman shares a draft vision for protecting and restoring threatened wild lands and streams on federal public lands in northwestern California.

The NEC and other conservation groups have spent decades fighting to restore and defend northwestern California’s federal public lands against powerful industries seeking to log the forests, mine the earth, and fill in what remained with paved roads.

The latest chapter in this historic struggle is a happy one: Congressman Jared Huffman has released draft legislation known as the Northern California Conservation and Recreation Act that would establish a massive Special Restoration Area and protect threatened wild lands and streams on federal public lands in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties. Congressman Huffman has posted a copy of this legislation on his website for public review HERE.






Ocean Night - Oct 12

This month's Ocean Night will be on Thursday, October 12 at the Arcata Theater Lounge. The films for this evening are Straws, a documentary on the plastic pollution facing our oceans today, and Thicker than Water, which documents several surfer's 18-month journey through the North Atlantic. This month is a very special Ocean Night, celebrating Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, and will feature a spectacular raffle including items from Fire & Light, Holly Yashi, Heartbead Jewelry, Dick Taylor Chocolates, and more.

Arcata Theater Lounge
1036 G St, Arcata
Doors at 6:30, movie at 7:00pm
$3 donation requested

Mark your calendars for November 9 as well, featuring Under an Arctic Sky and another film to be announced.

NEC Movie Night - Nov. 15

Join the Northcoast Environmental Center on Wednesday, November 15 to view We the People 2.0 at the MiniPlex theater. We the People 2.0 documents the loss of the democracy in the United States, and how this influences the health of its people and land. Rural communities document the challenge of fighting a corporate America in stopping the toxic dumping, mining, and other hazards they have faced for decades.

the Miniplex (in Richard's Goat Tavern)
401 I St., Arcata. (entrance on Samoa Blvd)
Two showings at 6pm and 8pm 

MPA Community Gathering
November 1-3

Fort Bragg. Submitted iStock photo.

You are invited to attend free upcoming community gatherings that will be held in Crescent City (November 1), Eureka (November 2), and Fort Bragg (November 3). Join us to learn about information from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted from 2013-2017 in the North Coast region, as well as plans for long-term monitoring.