Alerts and Events


Adopt-a-Beach Appreciation Party, March 10

Adopt-a-Beach Appreciation Party ad

For more information, click here to visit the Facebook event page.





Ocean Night - Thursday, March 1


Carbon Nation - Ocean Night flyer

Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper, and Surfrider Humboldt for Ocean Night!

March 1 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge

Doors 6:30pm, film at 7pm




Ocean Night - Thursday, Feb. 8

@415plumber plastic film image

This Ocean Night, we will be screening Stories of the Spill, a short film that discusses the Santa Barbara oil spill and what offshore oil drilling means for all of us.
We are also joined by Marnin Robbins of the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, who will showcase a new film about the Marine Protected Area Network, featuring incredible topside and underwater video. The film’s producers (HSU film professor David Scheerer and assistant Will Goldenberg) will be present to answer questions.

Afterward, we will be screening #OB Plastic- @415plumber’s Obsession, the story of a man's collection of beach plastics. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm, film at 7 pm at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G Street in Arcata. $3 suggested donation.

Ocean Night is a monthly, all-ages event sponsored by the Northcoast Environmental CenterHumboldt Surfrider, and Humboldt Baykeeper.



Adopt-a-Block Volunteer Appreciation Party
Friday, Feb. 9 


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

Visit the Facebook event page here. 



Open House - January 25

Click to view a short video created by filmmakers Chad Johnson, Will Goldenberg and Richard Jett

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 this 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. 



Ocean Night - January 11

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Hillebrand/USFWS

Join us for this month's Ocean Night on January 11! This month we will be screening Oil on Ice, a film about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and it's long, controversial battle with resource extraction. Film is $3 suggested donation, and free to Northcoast Environmental Center and Surfrider members. As always, there will be an awesome raffle! 

"Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich’in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem." - Oil on Ice website.

Surf film TBA!

Visit the Facebook event page here.


Arts!Arcata - January 12

A group of Adopt-a-Beach volunteers.

Thanks to all our Adopt-a-Beach volunteers! Photo: NEC archives.

Join NEC staff for Arts!Arcata, Friday, January 12 from 6-9pm at Arcata Exchange! We'll be promoting our Adopt-a-Beach program with info, games, and more. We hope to see you there!



Holiday Office Hours

The NEC office will be closed December 21 - January 1.
Our normal office hours of 9am-3pm will resume January 2. 

If you would like to buy a tshirt or other NEC merchandise,
please do so before December 20! 
Cheers and Happy Holidays!

 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo: Rob DiPerna.


Cider Night for the NEC - Tuesday, December 12


Come support the Northcoast Environmental Center! It's as easy as buying cider! 10% of cider sales during the Humboldt Cider Company  Taproom hours of operation (2-10pm) will be donated to the organization. NEC staff will be onhand for questions, conversation, and zero waste holiday card-making from 5-9pm. 
All ages event 2-7pm. 
21+ after 7pm.


Cider Night for the NEC December 12




NEC at Arts!Arcata January 12 at Arcata Exchange 




#GivingTuesday - Support Environmental News, Ecological Legislation Advocacy, Coastal Programs, and more!

NEC logo - #GivingTuesday

We are excited to let you know that we have been accepted to join the Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. This is a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Newman's Own Foundation where 501c3 organizations compete to raise the most money, with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations.

This competition starts on November 21st and a total of $500,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge. We're ready to raise as much money as we can so we can win the $150,000 grand prize donation!

By donating today, you help us to compete in a Bonus Day! For every $500 donated, we are entered to win $2500. 

CLICK HERE to donate to our Newman's Own #GivingTuesday Campaign! 



Attack on Antiguities Act Underway:
What you can do today

National Monuments in the Crosshairs

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.





NEC Film Night: 
We the People 2.0


Graphic from We The People 2.0 film


Come support the Northcoast Environmental Center over a few drinks and a special screening of We the People 2.0 on November 15th at The Miniplex

This film highlights the loss of democracy in the United States and those whose voices are not being heard. The story focuses on those who are underrepresented, marginalized, or isolated from the community’s environmental decisions. We the People 2.0 shows the root of our environmental issues, and draws importance to local government and community morale. View the trailer at 

Two showings are at 6:00 and 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 and are available for purchase at the door or in advance online on the Miniplex website: 

Seating is limited to 40 so purchase your tickets early!

When: November 15th, 6pm and 8pm
Where: The Miniplex, inside Richard's Goat Tavern
401 I St. in Arcata. 
Questions? Call the NEC office 707.822.6918 

Visit the Facebook event page




Wine Pour at Arts!Arcata

The Northcoast Environmental Center is very excited to be hosting a wine pour November 10 during Arts!Arcata. We’ll be talking about our Adopt- A -Block program while playing some fun games with prizes! Come join us at Plaza: Be Inspired located on the Arcata plaza from 6-9pm to support the NEC, drink some wine, and play some games.




Upcoming Open House Meetings on Klamath Dam Removal

Image of the Klamath River valley.

Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is hosting a series of three informational Open House meetings on the Klamath River Renewal Project, which involves the removal of four hydroelectric dams—JC Boyle, Copco 1 & 2, and Iron Gate—and the restoration of formerly inundated lands.
Following a brief introductory presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to:

• Meet staff and representatives of KRRC
• Ask questions and share perspectives
• Learn about KRRC plans and activities

Klamath Falls: November 7, 6-8 pm
Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Building, Room 201 A/B (Mazama/Scott)
3201 Campus Dr., Klamath Falls

Yreka: November 8, 6-8 pm
Best Western Miner's Inn, 6-8 pm 122 E Miner St, Yreka

Eureka: November 9, 6-8 pm
Adorni Center Gymnasium, 1011 Waterfront Dr, Eureka

Read more about KRRC here.



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. 




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.

Endangered Art Show

The NEC wants to help you tell Washington D.C. why the Endangered Species Act matters, though art! 

This year at the North Country Fair, an Endangered Art Show will be on display at the NEC's booth! Art will feature U.S. endangered species, and copies of the art pieces will be mailed to President Trump after the event. Be sure to come by the NEC booth and check it out!

Want to participate?

Submit your art to the NEC for the Endangered Art Show and have it displayed online and at the North Country Fair. Artists can choose to donate their art or pick it up after the North Country Fair. Donated art will be entered into a silent auction that will help cover postage costs for mailing to President Trump, and other NEC programs. 




All Species Parade - Saturday Sept. 16!

Join the NEC for this year's All Species Parade! This year, the parade wil be on Saturday, September 16 during the North Country Fair; the same day as Coastal Cleanup Day! Come out and help the NEC celebrate all species. 

To participate in this year's parade, meet in the Tri-Counties bank parking lot at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 16. Bring a costume, mask, make-up, sign, banner, or some other way to celebrate! Bring friends, family, or co-workers! If you are part of a group, it could be fun to all dress as the same or similar species to represent your organization or group.

NEC staff will be present to help everyone organize and at 1pm will lead the parade in a march around the Arcata Plaza!

Three mask and costume making art party workshops will be held to help you get ready for the Parade!

Saturday, Aug. 26, 1-4pm (Sponsored by 350 Humboldt)

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6-9pm (Sponsored by 350 Humboldt)

Friday, Sept. 8, 6-9pm (Sponsored by the NEC)

All workshops will be held at the Sanctuary, 1301 J St, Arcata


Summer Bar-B-Q Party! Aug 27

Join NEC staff, board members, supporters and friends at our Summer Bar-B-Q Party!

August 27

3-7pm, at a private Arcata location

This fun outdoor party will feature live music, lawn games, locally brewed beverages and a delicious dinner! Meat and vegetarian options will be available.

Limited number of tickets available, so get yours early!

Click here to buy your tickets online, or stop by the NEC office during open hours!

We hope to see you there!



Rep. Huffman Wildlands Public Meeting - Aug. 14

Please join Congressman Huffman on August 14 at Eureka's Wharfinger Building for a public input meeting where he will explain his newly-unveiled draft legislation to guard communities against wildfires, provide local jobs, and protect Northern California’s spectacular wild places and pristine streams on federal lands. Congressman Huffman’s draft legislation would restore forests and fish habitat, benefit local economies, enhance recreational opportunities, and reduce fire danger to protect communities.The meeting will focus on the draft legislation exclusively. Additional public town halls on other topics will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Monday, August 14, 2017
5:30 PM – 6:30 pm

Wharfinger Building
1 Marina Way
Eureka, CA 95501

Seating is limited and is first come, first served up to capacity. Please reserve your seat HERE.




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 



All Species Parade - Saturday Sept. 16!

Join the NEC for this year's All Species Parade! This year, the parade wil be on Saturday, September 16 during the North Country Fair; the same day as Coastal Cleanup Day! Come out and help the NEC celebrate all species. 

To participate in this year's parade, meet in the Tri-Counties bank parking lot at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 16. Bring a costume, mask, make-up, sign, banner, or some other way to celebrate! Bring friends, family, or co-workers! If you are part of a group, it could be fun to all dress as the same or similar species to represent your organization or group.

NEC staff will be present to help everyone organize and at 1pm will lead the parade in a march around the Arcata Plaza!

There will be two costume-making workshops leading up to the parade, and a mixer at the NEC after the North Country Fair on Saturday. More information on these will be posted as details develop!




Endangered Art Show

The NEC wants to help you tell Washington D.C. why the Endangered Species Act matters, though art! 

This year at the North Country Fair, an Endangered Art Show will be on display at the NEC's booth! Art will feature U.S. endangered species, and copies of the art pieces will be mailed to President Trump after the event. Be sure to come by the NEC booth and check it out!

Want to participate?

Submit your art to the NEC for the Endangered Art Show and have it displayed online and at the North Country Fair. Artists can choose to donate their art or pick it up after the North Country Fair. Donated art will be entered into a silent auction that will help cover postage costs for mailing to President Trump, and other NEC programs. 




All Species Parade - September 16

Join the NEC for this year's All Species Parade! This year, the parade wil be on Saturday, September 16 during the North Country Fair; the same day as Coastal Cleanup Day! Come out and help the NEC celebrate all species. 

To participate in this year's parade, meet in the Tri-Counties bank parking lot at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 16. Bring a costume, mask, make-up, sign, banner, or some other way to celebrate! Bring friends, family, or co-workers! If you are part of a group, it could be fun to all dress as the same or similar species to represent your organization or group.

NEC staff will be present to help everyone organize and at 1pm will lead the parade in a march around the Arcata Plaza!

There will be two costume-making workshops leading up to the parade, and a mixer at the NEC after the North Country Fair on Saturday. More information on these will be posted as details develop!




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.




Spaghetti Dinner FUN(d)Raiser this Saturday!

The NEC invites you to attend this year’s spaghetti dinner FUN(d)Raiser at Bayside Grange this Saturday, April 15th!

The dinner menu features a spaghetti bar, with a variety of sauces to entice your palate, local mixed green salad, variety of local bread and dessert. Vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and carnivores will all be welcomed!

Dance and kick up your heels to Kingfoot, starting at 7:30pm. Kingfoot plays a unique style of original Acoustic Americana music blending Country, Bluegrass, Russian, Ska, African, Celtic and Rockabilly into a melting pot of great music.

A silent auction of items donated from local businesses, artists, and friends of the NEC is always a terrific part of the evening. A sample of items are four brand new, high-end microscopes donated by David Imper, beautiful green glass leaf dish by Mill Creek Glass, one-of a kind driftwood wine rack, donated by C.J. Ralph, one night stay in local airBnB, Tall Trees and Emerald Creek Hike with Dan Sealy, complete with transportation and lunch.

For a preview of some of the items up for auction, click here.

No-host wine, beer and mix drinks bar starts at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students/children if purchased before the 13th. Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults and $15 for students/children.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, or by stopping by the NEC office.

Visit the Facebook event page!



Donations Requested for Silent Auction!

With political changes happening on a national level and so many unknowns in terms of environmental support, we at the Northcoast Environmental Center are looking to keep environmentally-focused progress moving forward locally. We are asking you to echo that sentiment for our bioregion by donating to our FUN(d)raiser Dinner and Auction to be held Saturday, April 15 at the Bayside Grange.

If you've got almost anything of quality, we'll put it up for bid!






RESIST: Tell Congress How You Feel Teach-in this Friday!

Worried about the direction our Nation is going?
Want to protect our environment?
Want your voice to be heard?

Dan Sealy, the Northcoast Environmental Center’s Washington Legislative Analyst, will teach you how to join your voice with others to stop bad legislation.

We will use legislation being introduced in Congress to gut the Endangered Species Act to learn how to stop bad laws.

Join us Friday, February 17 5:30-7pm at the NEC Office: 415 I Street, Arcata, next to Richard's Goat Tavern.

If you have questions call 240-418-0707.

Read more here




Protecting Northwestern California’s Public Lands in Uncertain Political Times

The BLM will take public input into consideration as it updates the Resource Management Plan. Once approved, the new plan will dictate how agency lands are managed for the next 15 to 20 years. It is imperative that supporters of wilderness, wildlife and clean water get involved in this important process given that there are many in Congress pushing for development on--or even and the wholesale disposal of--federally-owned public lands. We also do not know how the incoming Trump administration will change the work of the BLM in Northwestern California. If you care about public lands in this region, make your voice heard.

Read more here




Welcome Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

The NEC welcomes Californians for Alternatives to Toxics as our newest Associate Member group!
We are excited to help the organization move forward with us into the next chapter of environmental conservation in California and our bioregion.

Visit the CATs website



NEC Chooses to Reuse!
The NEC staff know that switching from single-use to reusable products and packaging is one of the most significant steps to take in reducing waste and carbon footprint. We are proud to join with Zero Waste Humboldt to reduce waste!





Join the NEC in our new office space at 415 I Street in Arcata for drinks, food, and fun! Meet the NEC and get to know our location and programs.

Enjoy drinks, food and good company with volunteers, staff, board members and fellow supporters dedicated to protecting our North Coast. Celebrate the successes of 2016 and look to the year ahead! 

- Please bring your own reusable dishware and cups. (We do not have facilities to wash dishes onsite.)

- Parking is limited so we encourage biking or carpooling! 

Thursday, January 26, 5-7pm

at the new NEC and Humboldt Baykeeper offices in the Cooper Building: 415 I St, Arcata
(between Richard’s Goat and Seventh Generation Fund)

We hope to see you there!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information or call us at 822-6918.



Welcome Bella Waters!
We have big news at the NEC this month. We’ve taken what I predict is a big step forward and have hired an Administrative/Development Director. We’re very excited about the candidate we selected—Bella Waters!
Please come by the NEC to welcome Bella to our team!




NEC Leadership Honored by Humboldt Dems
The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee is proud to announce that it will be honoring environmental and community activists Chris Beresford and Larry Glass at the 32nd annual Democrat of the Year dinner on October 14, 2016 at the River Lodge in Fortuna.






Kin to the Earth: Diane Beck
Long time local environmental activist Diane Beck passed away on September 6. She was featured as our Kin to the Earth in the Aug/Sep 2016 issue of EcoNews.



New Klamath Deal Announced!


Great news! On Wednesday, April 6, supporters of undamming the Klamath celebrated a milestone in #Klamath River conservation! After years of litigation, advocacy, negotiation, and waiting for Congress, the revised dam removal agreement can achieve dam removal by 2020 despite ideological roadblocks created by House Republicans. The agreement uses the existing authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is supported by California, Oregon, Federal Agencies, the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and dam-owner PacifiCorp among others. #UnDamtheKlamath

READ MORE from Klamath Riverkeeper
READ MORE from the Times-Standard
READ MORE from EcoWatch







Share your memories of Lucille and Susie


We at NEC understand that no one person or group could cover all the important, passionate work Lucille Vinyard and Susie Van Kirk did for our community and for our earth. We were fortunate to work with them. We know many of our friends and readers have stories to share about these two women and we invite you to share those with us. We will put as much of them on our website in upcoming months as possible.

If you would like to share some stories, please mail them to NEC Board Vice-President Dan Sealy at

The more concise your memories and tributes are, the more likely we can make everything available on the NEC website. We will also be archiving all tributes for future reference and research.  

Thank you ~ the NEC Board











Celebration of the Life of Lucille Bartlett Vinyard, May 22

Community members are invited to gather for a Celebration of the Life of Lucille Bartlett Vinyard, who passed away on December 30 at the age of 97. The event will be held on Sunday, May 22, starting at 2 p.m. at the Kate Buchanan Room on the Humboldt State University (HSU) campus (directions at A few invited speakers will share remembrances of Lucille. Then, attendees can add to her story via an open mic (2-minute maximum each). After the reminiscences, participants are welcome to mingle and enjoy champagne and desserts. A selection of Lucille’s journals, correspondence, diaries, reports, and photos from her HSU archival collection will be on display.

Lucille was an accomplished environmental activist and conservationist, known to many as the “Mother of Redwood National Park.” In 1964, she helped form the North Group of the Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter and led in the battle to preserve the remaining ancient redwood forests in the region. She was a founding board member of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Redwood Natural History Association. Lucille is also remembered for her efforts to pass the California Coastal Zone Protection Act and the California Wilderness Act.

If you would like to contribute a short piece about Lucille for sharing through the NEC website, send them to The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the HSU Library’s Vinyard and Van Kirk Trust, to help pay for archiving the records of Lucille and Susie Van Kirk (who passed away one day after Lucille) or to the Vinyard/van Kirk Environmental Education Fund, which supports sending local children to outdoor camp. The link for the HSU account is To make a camp donation, send a check payable to North Group Sierra Club, P.O. Box 238, Arcata CA 95518. Please write “Camper Fund” in the memo line.

If you have questions, contact Sue Leskiw at




Second Annual
Tim McKay Birdathon
April 30 - May 8


Two Days Left to Participate! Ends May 8!

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.

The 2016 Tim McKay Birdathon will be held during the week of April 30 - May 8 to allow groups or individuals the freedom of picking any 24 hour period to participate. You have two days left to get birding!
Click the Donate button below to make an earmarked donation for the Birdathon:






Ocean Night, Thursday, April 7: Racing Extinction


In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. From the Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers of "The Cove.”  

Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight—a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it.   

Also showing three surf movie shorts! Dark Side of the Lens, Yesterday at Maverick’s, and Lunch Break.   

Doors open at 6:30 pm / films start at 7 pm at the Arcata Theatre Lounge
1036 G Street in Arcata.

All ages - $3 suggested donation.

Visit the Facebook event page!

Ocean Night is a monthly, all-ages event sponsored by Surfrider Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, and Humboldt Baykeeper.  



Community Choice Energy Q & A

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) is currently working to establish a community choice energy program for Humboldt County. Community choice aggregation, also known as community choice energy, is a provision of California law that allows cities, counties or joint powers agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of the customers in their territories. RCEA is fascillitating a presentation and discussion of Community Choice energy on Tuesday, February 9 for members and staff of the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper, and other local environmental groups. RCEA is a Joint Powers Authority whose members include the County of Humboldt, the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District.




Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance News

Having a hard time keeping up with marijuana news? Our colleagues at Humboldt Baykeeper have compiled a selection of the latest articles on their website at Marijuana Impacts & Regulation.


Write Congressman Huffman in Support of Wild Mountains and Rivers

Northwest California is without question one of the most beautiful and biologically unique places on earth. From the fog-shrouded redwood forests of Humboldt County to the sunny oak woodlands and grasslands of Mendocino, and from the soaring peaks of the Trinity Alps Wilderness to the turquoise waters of the Wild & Scenic Smith River in Del Norte, our region is home to some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

We now have a remarkable opportunity to expand the protection and restoration of our incredible public lands and the recreation opportunities available on them.

Please join us to ensure that the unique landscapes and natural treasures we cherish are passed on to future generations.

Read More and Write Congressman Huffman a Letter



To our Members and Supporters,

After six very productive years, the Northcoast Environmental Center is wishing Dan Ehresman the very best as he moves to the next chapter of his career. The Board accepted Dan’s resignation in November but we know he will continue to engage in conservation and community-building in the North Coast.
At the same time, the Board will continue the important work of educating the public on important issues and fighting to save our environment. We look forward to engaging our members and community in the work to increase wilderness and outdoor recreation, conserve our marine environment, protect endangered species, move to sustainable energy and strengthen the best management of our national forests, rivers, parks and preserves. Fruitful conservation work requires an informed and motivated public and we look forward to accomplishing that work with your help.

From the Executive Committee of the NEC Board of Directors:

Larry Glass, President
Dan Sealy, Vice President
Chris Beresford, Treasurer
Jen Kalt, Secretary


Message from Dan Ehresman

It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to leave my position at the Northcoast Environmental Center. My last day with the Center was Thursday, November 12.
Although I am excited about embarking on the next chapter of my life, there is a lot that I will miss. It has been immensely rewarding to work as part of an organization with a rich history that continues to fill an important role in our region. I am extremely grateful to the many people who have provided such strong support during my time here and I am very proud of the progress we have made together over the last several years! I am also proud of the staff that will continue on at the NEC and I trust the commitment from the Board to carry the organization forward.

I take pride in our many accomplishments throughout the six years that I’ve been with the NEC: we’ve been a critical voice on land use issues on the North Coast (from the never-ending GPU to the crazy, complex beast that is weed), we are on the way to having our entire 44+ years of EcoNews digitized so that members of the public will be able to explore the rich eco-history of our region, we maintained a strong environmental education program that engaged hundreds of kids in caring for our biosphere, we’ve continued to get the word out on important environmental news through EcoNews and EcoNews Report, we’ve provided jobs and learning opportunities for many students through our internship and work study programs, we’ve been instrumental in helping to keep our beaches and waterways clean through Coastal Cleanup and Adopt-a-Beach, and we’ve had some pretty great parties and parades with friends old and new.

While my paid position with the NEC may be coming to a close, I plan to stay in this region and I will continue to engage on critical conservation and community-based issues. We have a lot of work ahead and I am grateful to live in an area where folks care immensely. Thank you all again for your help along the way!

Dan Ehresman

P.S. For those who wish to stay in touch, please make sure you have my personal email address:


Goodbye Jen, Hello Delia!

After nearly two sunshiny years, we are losing our Coastal Programs director Jennifer Savage to the greener (or should we say browner?) pastures of So Cal. We feel fortunate to have been able to keep here the short time we have but alas she has a great opportunity awaiting her in her new role as CA policy director for Surfrider Foundation. She promises to stay in touch but we will see how long that lasts given the distance and what we would expect to be a huge workload. Regardless, have fun out there, Jen, and though you may be near Hollywood, don’t break a leg!

Welcome to our new MPA Outreach Coordinator, Delia Bense-Kang!


Greetings, my name is Delia Bense-Kang and I am excited to be the NEC’s new MPA Outreach Coordinator. Born and raised in Arcata, I have a deep appreciation and vested interest in the unique ecosystems of the North Coast. Marine Protected Areas are of special importance to me as much of my livelihood depends on surfing, kayaking, or simply enjoying a walk on the beach.

I studied at UC Santa Cruz for two years and am now in my final semester at Humboldt State University earning a degree in Environmental Management and Protection with an emphasis in planning.  At both schools I have held the position of Project Coordinator and Team Manager for PowerSave, a student-run energy efficiency and water conservation organization.  I have also been involved with the Humboldt Surfrider Chapter as Volunteer Coordinator and will now be taking over as Chair. 

I believe this position fits beautifully with my local knowledge, previous experience, love for surfing, and interest in protecting the environment.Jennifer Savage has left me well prepared and I will do my best to follow in her footsteps. I look forward to working with the team at the NEC and everyone here on the North Coast. 











2nd Annual Bayside Patio Party!

Join NEC staff and friends for an open-air fundraising dinner.

Doors open at 4pm, dinner at 6pm.
Come early for lawn games, tasty treats, locally brewed beverages, music and more!. $50/person suggested donation. Space is limited so please RSVP early! Reserve your tickets - call the NEC at 707-822-6918 or email

Visit the event page on Facebook



Support the NEC!

Dear Friend of the Northcoast Environmental Center,

The year so far has been incredibly rewarding just as it has been wrought with many challenges. On the positive side, our environmental programs have involved and inspired over 500 area youth; we’ve worked with over 1,000 community members to clean up our waterways and coast; and we’ve stood together for healthy watersheds, intact ecosystems and climate action – with some major successes. All that was accomplished would not have been possible without your support and we thank you immensely for being right there with us!

We are proud to work with so many committed individuals, businesses, and organizations here on the North Coast and beyond. Unfortunately, as you might know, we are currently facing some major issues and we need your help!




Cleanup & Hoedown on April 25
for Earth Day!

Help clean up debris from our coasts and waterways in celebration of Earth Day! Then join us for the third annual Olde Time Hoedown at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in the afternoon. Cleanup volunteers get free entry to the Hoedown!

Click here for more information


First Annual Tim McKay Birdathon May 1-9!

This May, have fun looking for birds while raising money! In memory of Tim McKay, longtime director of the NEC, our Birdathon will benefit both the NEC and Redwood Region Audubon Society.

Register as an individual or as a team, and gather pledges based on the number of birds you find in 24 hours. You can participate from anywhere in the world! Prizes will be awarded for the most donations collected.

The Birdathon will take place during the week of May 1 - May 9.

Click here for more information and to download pledge forms


OR-7 The Journey Film Night, Friday, May 1

Join the NEC, EPIC, Bird Ally-X and the Center for Biological Diversity for the Arcata premier screening of the documentary OR7 - The Journey.
OR7 - The Journey documents a remarkable wildlife success story that is taking shape in Oregon, with the rebouning wolf population and a young male wolf who wandered across the border into California - making history as the first wolf in California in nearly a century. 

The film tells Journey’s story, not just as an adventure thousands of miles in the making, but representing the return of his species to their native habitats and explores an awakening in how Americans view native wildlife and wild places.



Film Night - The Russian River, Thursday, April 16

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New Years Mixer - February 27

Celebrate the successes of 2014, honor our volunteers and members, meet NEC’s newest staff, and look to the year ahead!
Come enjoy tasty treats, beverages, and good company with volunteers, board members and fellow supporters dedicated to protecting our North Coast.

NEC - Greenway Building, 1385 8th Street, Arcata - 2nd Floor

Call us at 707-822-6918 for more info!





Ocean Night - February 7

The second Ocean Night of the year will feature Divide in Concord, a feature-length documentary that follows the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G Street, Arcata. Ocean Night is a monthly, all-ages event sponsored by Surfrider Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, and Humboldt Baykeeper.


Ocean Night - January 8

The first Ocean Night of the new year will feature Last Rush for the Wild West, an expose on how impending tar sands and oil shale mining would destroy massive, pristine landscapes in Utah and put the already imperiled Colorado River watershed at risk.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G Street, Arcata. Ocean Night is a monthly, all-ages event sponsored by Surfrider Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, and Humboldt Baykeeper.

Click here to read more


Help Protect North Coast Communities - Human and Wild

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at all that was accomplished in the last year: providing environmental education to hundreds of youth; engaging community members to clean up our waterways and coast; standing up for intact ecosystems and climate action; and celebrating all species through art and theater. All that was accomplished would not have been possible without your support. Only in working together can we build on our success and meet the big challenges ahead.

We are proud to work with so many committed individuals, businesses, and organizations towards a more resilient future for all of our planet’s communities. We need your help to continue to take action on environmental issues that matter most on the North Coast.

Click here to read more about all the important work your donation will help with.


Humboldt Recycling Contract Moves to Front Burner

By Zero Waste Humboldt

The Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s recycling contract signed in 2011 with Solid Waste of Willits, the out-of-area company that beat out the now defunct Arcata Community Recycling Center for the contract, expires in 2016. The HWMA has initiated a Request For Proposals (RFP) process to culminate in a final RFP release approximately July 2015 and a contract award in the fall 2015. 

It is imperative that HWMA gets this right.
Your input will be most effective if received by mid-January 2015.



New NEC T-shirts and Hoodies!

Finally! We have some great new t-shirts and hoodies for sale with a vintage NEC design. The illustration features trillium, ferns, redwood leaves, an osprey, a sperm whale, a wolverine, a wolf and crashing waves. Short-sleeved Ts, long-sleeved Ts, girl-cut Ts, and a couple of women's hoodies.

Call the NEC to get yours today!

Movie & Mixer Night TONIGHT, December 11

Join the NEC and Backcountry Press for an end-of-year mixer and movie night at the Arcata Playhouse on Thursday, December 11 for the premiere Humboldt County showing of Wrenched—a documentary exploring how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced the environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Mixer starts at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion.

The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey's legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness - the spirit of the West.

We will have new NEC t-shirts and hoodies for sale (see below), and NEC donations of $50 or more will receive a free copy of Backcountry Press' new book, Articulate Earth: Adventures in Ecocriticism.

Click here for more info.


Giving Local Tuesday - December 2

As a proud member of the Northern California Association of Nonprofits, we are participating in “Giving Tuesday,” a National Day that kicks off the holiday giving season (following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday) to encourage charitable activities that support nonprofits, with a special emphasis on “Giving Local.” The participating organizations seek to build a more resilient and sustainable Humboldt by inspiring generous giving to local nonprofits. For more information on Giving Tuesday, check out Giving Tuesday and California Association of Nonprofits, and join the NEC's Giving Tuesday page on Facebook.

Click here to read the NEC's End-of-Year fund appeal letter for more information about all the important work your donation will help with.



Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Monitoring December 6

Join us this December 6 (at Samoa Beach - Power Pole Parking Lot) and December 7 (at Point St. George Beach in Crescent City) as we clean up and monitor Humboldt and Del Norte county coastlines for marine debris originating from the catastrophic tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. The NEC provides gloves and buckets for trash collection, but we encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable supplies!  Contact



Governor Signs Statewide Plastic Bag Ban!

California Governor Jerry Brown today, September 30, signed legislation enacting the nation’s first statewide ban of single-use plastic shopping bags.

“California policy makers have made a clear statement in enacting the bag ban: Producers are responsible for the end of life impacts of their products,” said Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, the bill’s sponsor. “If a product is too costly to society and the environment, California is prepared to move to eliminate it.”

Currently, 127 cities and counties in the state have adopted a local bag ordinance, covering 36% of the population. SB 270 provides a uniform, statewide solution to the rest of the state, modeled after the local ordinances already in place and successfully implemented.



All Species Parade Brings Dam Removal to the Arcata Plaza
Coordinated by the NEC, SCRAP Humboldt, and many dedicated volunteers, this year’s All Species Parade featured Un-Dam the Klamath themed street theater—complete with construction workers, a cloth dam, Free the Rivers and Un-Dam the Klamath banners, and lots and lots of salmon. The parade was stopped at several points along the Parade route by the construction of a dam, which was appropriately “blown up” after protest by the salmon and other creatures blocked from passage.



More than Half of California Suffering from Exceptional Drought

Map of California drought conditions updated July 29, 2014

More than fifty-eight percent of California is suffering from what the United States Drought Monitor calls Exceptional Drought. Available data is updated every few weeks on their website HERE.


Explore the Bay with Humboldt Baykeeper

Interested in exploring Humboldt Bay while paddling a kayak or from the more leisurely deck of a motorized boat? Baykeeper has partnered with the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to offer monthly bilingual tours covering a variety of topics on Humboldt Bay.



DYI Drought Solutions Conference, Oct 4
Join the NEC at the DIY Drought Solutions Conference this Saturday, Oct 4, from 11am-4pm. NEC's Dan Ehresman will be presenting at 1:35pm about simple, low-cost greywater systems: Join us as we explore simple, low-cost options for reusing greywater at a household scale. We will talk about three types of greywater systems along with their design applications. We will also touch on California’s greywater regulations and permitting in HumboldtCounty.
Click here for more information.


Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20!

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014 is fast approaching! ?Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 20 ?from 9:00am to Noon.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day—and for Humboldt County beach cleaner-uppers, this will be our 35th year!



Paddlefest this Saturday, September 13

For full schedule of events, click HERE.


Humboldt County Issues Blue-Green Algae Warning
Blue-green algae on the Klamath River. Photo: Hoopa Valley Tribe

Toxic blue-green algae blooms are beginning to occur in some of our area rivers. Learn how to protect yourself and your pets!



UPDATE: California Panel Votes to List Gray Wolves as Endangered

The gray wolf was listed as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) today, June 4, 2014!



Wandering Wolf OR7 has pups!

In other exciting wolf news, OR7, the lone wolf that captivated the hearts and imaginations of wildlife-loving Californians by wandering multiple times across the Oregon/California border over the last several years, appears to have finally found a mate and has been confirmed to have at least two pups!

OR7, aka Journey, has been spending time in the vicinity of a female wolf in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon, and tracking data indicate the two have denned there.

Read more from the Statesmans Journal here:Wolf OR7 has pups in Siskiyou National Forest

Read more in an article by Chris Clarke of KCET's ReWild here: California's Part-time Wolf may be a Proud Papa



Help Build a Sea Creature from Beach Trash!

Join the Northcoast Environmental Center and SCRAP Humboldt to build a (Re)Debris creature sculpture made from marine debris gathered from beach cleanups! The creature will be used to educate our community about the harms of plastics and other pollution to sea creatures in our oceans.



Breaking News for Trails!
As we were finalizing the pages for EcoNews print on May 19, the Board of Supervisors voted to re-insert support for a regional trails system into the County’s General Plan Update! This grand reversal of the HumCPR-dominated Planning Commission’s decision is most welcome news and it would not have happened without the countless members of the public who rallied in support of a trail network throughout the North Coast! Many thanks to everyone supporting local trails!

Wolf Night and Teach-In Monday, June 2

Wildlife advocates are invited to attend the Wolf Night and Teach-in, on Monday, June 2, at the D Street Community Center (1301 D Street in Arcata) from 6-8pm. The Wolf Night Teach-in will feature a film screening, guest speakers, sign making, and speaking tips. The event is designed to prepared people for the upcoming California Fish and Game Commission hearing that will be held on Wednesday, June 4, at 8:30 in the morning.
Conservation groups are asking the Commission to give gray wolves full protection under the California Endangered Species Act. There will be a Pre-hearing Rally from 7:30-8:15am, the morning of the hearing. Wolf lovers are encouraged to bring signs of support, wear gray and be prepared to speak to the Commission. All events are kid friendly and free to the public.
For more information: or call: 707-822-7711.

Events are hosted by: EPIC, Bird Ally X, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, Center for Biological Diversity, Northcoast Environmental Center and Society for Conservation Biology.

Please join and share the Facebook Event pages:
Commission Hearing:
Wolf Night Teach-In:

Wandering Wolf OR7 has found a mate!

In other exciting wolf news, OR7, the lone wolf that captivated the hearts and imaginations of wildlife-loving Californians by wandering multiple times across the Oregon/California border over the last several years, appears to have finally found a mate!

OR7, aka Journey, has been spending time in the vicinity of a female wolf in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon, and tracking data indicate the two may have denned there. If that's the case, then chances are the pair have had a litter, say biologists. But they won't know for sure until June or July.

Read more in an article by Chris Clarke of KCET's ReWild here: California's Part-time Wolf may be a Proud Papa




Wilderness Art Show

This May, join over twenty artists celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act. The “Wilderness and Her Rivers” show will include photographs, oil paintings, watercolors, monotypes, silk screens, and wood block prints featuring northwestern California wilderness areas and the rivers that flow out of them. The Arts Arcata Reception will be Friday,  May 9, 6-9p.m.  at the Upstairs Art Galley in the Umpqua Bank, 1063 G Street, Arcata.


Zero Waste Humboldt Official Launch Reception

Please join our colleagues and friends at Zero Waste Humboldt as they celebrate their official launch reception, Friday, May 9, 6-9pm at Coast Central Credit Union (7th & F St). From 7 to 8pm, board members will introduce the organization, acknowledge supporters and partners, and Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro will speak. Zero Waste Humboldt is one of the NEC's Associate Member Groups, and publishes an article about waste prevention strategies and management in every issue of EcoNews!

Ocean Night, Thursday May 1

Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper and Humboldt Surfrider at Ocean Night, Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a salmon celebration with DamNation, Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds and Swing North. CalTrout and Friends of the Eel River join this special night.


This Saturday, April 19 - Earth Day Cleanups and Second Annual Hoedown!
Join the NEC and many other local environmental groups and supporters to celebrate Earth Day with morning cleanups and an afternoon hoedown party!




Songwriter Jim Page returns Saturday April 26!

The NEC is proud to once again help bring the incomparable Jim Page back to Humboldt! This special show at Westhaven Center for the Arts is presented by the NEC and the Humboldt Folklife Society, with special guests Mo & Morgan Hollis. Advance tickets are available at Wildberries.


RSVP to the Facebook event page



Party for the Planet, April 27

The NEC will continue Earth Day celebrations at the Sequoia Park Zoo's Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 27 from noon till 4 p.m. Sequoia Park Zoo is one of more than 100 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums across the United States that will be celebrating Earth Day by providing educational opportunities which connect nature and conservation to your community.



Bye Bye Bags!
The City of Arcata's new ban on single-use plastic bags began Saturday February 1! In honor of the occasion, the Bag Monster made a few appearances around town that morning. He made sure to say goodbye to the happy folks in the Environmental Services Dept. at City Hall.



We're Hiring!
The Northcoast Environmental Center and Humboldt Baykeeper are seeking a part-time Coastal Programs Education Specialist.




Speak Up for Trails and Open Space, Monday March 10
In recent weeks, the County Planning Commission re-reviewed the Conservation & Open Space Element, significantly weakening protections for streams and wetlands, trails, community forests, and open space.

On March 10 at 1:30, the County General Plan Update goes back to the Board of Supervisors.



Say NO to Navy Sonar and Explosives Testing
Thursday, March 6

The U.S. Navy is holding a public hearing Thursday evening regarding a proposal to increase training and weapons testing activities – including sonar and explosives – off the coasts of Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Northern California. The proposed training and testing is scheduled to take place from 2015 to 2020.



Ocean Night, Saturday March 8

Join Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Northcoast Environmental Center for Ocean Night featuring the work of local filmmaker Ace Aseltine and Jack McCoy's A Deeper Shade of Blue. 



Our Feb/Mar 2014 issue of EcoNews is here!



Our New Year's Mixer was a huge success! Over 100 of our supporters and friends came out to celebrate Humboldt Baykeeper's new location (right next to the NEC's office), and our new staff member Jennifer Savage! Many thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate!



Just How Much Rain Did We Get?
KHUM's Cliff Berkowitz chats with Matthew at the National Weather Service about our recent rain totals.
Check it out on the Lost Coast Outpost



Last Tsunami Debris Monitoring & Cleanup of the Year!

Join us for the NEC's final Japan Tsunami Debris Monitoring and Cleanup events of the year! Saturday, December 7 at Point St. George Beach in Crescent City and Sunday, December 8 at Samoa Beach - Power Pole Parking lot (across from the town of Samoa). Both cleanups will begin at 10am. Contact Dan at, or call 822-6918.




Have you given to your local non-profits lately? Today is Giving Tuesday! The NEC, and all your local non-profits, rely heavily on your support to keep doing important work in our communities. Visit 



Please support our Winter Fund Appeal!

Dear Friends of the NEC,
At its core, the strength of the NEC comes from supporters like you. Despite the many significant challenges we face—from global climate change to irresponsible activities that threaten farms, forests, and rivers in our bioregion—together we can build a path that will lead to a more resilient future.

CLICK HERE to read more..



Coastal Commission meeting on 101 Corridor Project a Community Victory

The Northcoast Environmental Center and Humboldt Baykeeper declare yesterday's Coastal Commission decision on the Highway 101 Corridor Project a victory for our community. After a lengthy hearing with public testimony covering very broad opinions on the project – for, against, and everywhere in between – the Coastal Commission voted to approve the Highway 101 Corridor Project with the following conditions: construction of a separated Humboldt Bay Trail, removal of all billboards along the 101 corridor, address sea level rise in project design, and further study of wetland mitigation areas.

CLICK HERE to read more!
CLICK HERE to read an updated statement from NEC and Humboldt Baykeeper




Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth - a Collaborative Dialogue

Around the world, nature's rights movements are taking hold. Ecuador, Bolivia, New Zealand.. North Coast? What would it look like to shape a nature's rights movement here?

Respecting Mother Earth is certainly not a new concept to Indigenous peoples around the globe. This Friday, October 11, we will have a unique opportunity to hear from Indigenous elders, visionaries and leaders, as well as local activists activists and environmentalists, in a collaborative dialogue to start this important discussion locally. Presented by the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, an international non-profit based right here in Arcata, and co-sponsored by the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper, the HSU Department of Social Work, and more, this forum will surely be engaging, enlightening, and raise a few eyebrows. The NEC's own EcoNews editor, Morgan Corviday Hollis, will be participating in one of the panels. We are honored to participate in such an important conversation.

Join us in the Native Forum, in the HSU BSS building, from 1-6pm.

Contact the Seventh Generation Fund for more information at (707) 825-7640.



Humboldt Watershed Council Video Project Seeks Funding

During the early 1990s through 2004, citizen activists with the Humboldt Watershed Council (HWC) video documented destructive logging practices, the resultant protest activities, the evidence gathering efforts, and the testimony given at hearings.  A selection of original and edited footage needs to be digitized before it can be accepted into the HSU Library Archives due to concerns about mold.   The Library is seeking funding to accomplish this goal.

CLICK HERE for more information.



Northcoast Environmental Center at Pastels on the Plaza (almost)

We were very excited to have the very talented Sierra Rose design our square for this year's Pastels on the Plaza! Despite our best intentions, unforseen complications thwarted our plans and Saturday morning we discovered that our square was given to another artist. Thankfully, Sierra was given another group's square to draw, so she was still able to participate and created a wonderful design! We've adopted her creation as our own (as it was originally intended to be), and in the interest of fun, have incorporated our logo. Thanks Sierra!



















Coastal Cleanup Day is Coming Soon! Saturday, Sept. 21

CLICK HERE for more information.









Mask-Making Workshops for the All Species Parade!

CLICK HERE for more information.











Pints for Non-Profits Benefitting the NEC Wednesday, Aug. 7!

Join us Wednesday, August 7 at the Mad River Brewery Tasting Room for tasty beers and good company! One dollar from every beer sold—ALL DAY—goes to the NEC to help us continue our important work for our forests, rivers, coasts and communities! Music by the Bret Harte Breakers from 6-8:30pm.

CLICK HERE for more information and to take action!








Action Alert! Tell the State to Restrict Rat Poison to Protect Wildlife

On July 19, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new regulations limiting the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides.  The new regulations will limit the use of these long-lasting poisons to licensed pest control companies and will not be sold in retail outlets for home use. The new regulations were developed in response to research documenting the poisonings and deaths of at least 25 wildlife species in California, including raptors and mammals. Public comments on the new regulations will be accepted until Sept. 3.

CLICK HERE for more information and to take action!





Please thank Representative Jared Huffman for passing a bill to expand the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM)!

Freshman Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), whose district includes California’s breathtaking North Coast, introduced his first-ever piece of federal legislation back in April: the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (HR 1411). Veteran Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa), who used to represent the North Coast but was redistricted out of the region, quickly signed on to HR 1411 as a cosponsor (Mr. Thompson had previously championed the proposal when he represented the area). On July 22, HR 1411 passed the House of Representatives! Please join us in thanking Representative Huffman for working to pass this important piece of legislation!

CLICK HERE for more information



Coastal Cleanup Day is Coming Soon! Saturday, Sept. 21










CLICK HERE for more information.




Invasive weed-pulling workday - this Saturday!

The NEC is partnering with Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the City of Arcata for an Invasive Weed Work Day at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Join us Saturday, July 20, from 9am-1pm to help remove invasive weeds from our beautiful Marsh! Bring some friends, and gloves if you have 'em.. we'll see you there!

CLICK HERE to see a larger flyer for details.













Summer Fund Appeal is Underway!

The NEC is again seeking your support to continue the valueable work we do on behalf of forests, farms, rivers, coasts and communities of the North Coast and our bioregion! Please consider a generous (or small) donation to support our work into the future.





Staff Pick at the 2013 Sand Sculpture Festival!

On June 29, the NEC again participated in Friends of the Dunes' Annual Sand Sculpture Festival, this time winning the coveted Staff Pick Award! Our sculpture was titled "Like a Sturgeon (on the beach for the very first time)" - clever, no? As always, we had a great time digging in the sand. Thanks to Friends of the Dunes and everyone who participated!

CLICK HERE for more photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival.




Beach Cleanups June 29 & 30!

To help gain a better understanding of the extent and distribution of debris from the Japan tsunami in California, the NEC, in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission, has been coordinating monitoring events on Humboldt and Del Norte County beaches. Trash and debris are not just unsightly, but also can cause serious problems for the many birds, fish and animals that depend on our rivers, coasts, ocean and land habitats.Our next Tsunami Debris Monitoring and Cleanup events are coming up: Saturday June 29 at Samoa Beach, and Sunday June 30 at Point St. George Beach in Del Norte County.

CLICK HERE for more information.



Action Alert: Supervisors Vote to Change General Plan Guiding Principles Without Public Review

On Monday, June 3, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors did an about face on the Guiding Principles of the County’s General Plan Update. Despite requests from many speakers for more time to review a new set of principles that were released just three days before the hearing, the Board voted 4-1 to substantially alter the original Guiding Principles. The Board needs to hear from you to ensure that they restore a meaningful public process that seeks to balance the interest of our broad community, rather than one that serves the self-interest of some developers, Realtors, and large property owners.

CLICK HERE to read the NEC's press release about the Board's misguided decision.

CLICK HERE for more you can do!



June 8 is World Oceans Day!

On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. The world’s oceans generates most of the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, feeds millions of people around the world, and provides limiteless inspiration! Officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, on June 5 this year the City of Arcata passed a resolution for World Oceans Day as well. We thank the Arcata City Council for recognizing the NEC in their proclamation!
CLICK HERE to view the proclamation.

for more information about World Oceans Day.



June 5 is World Environment Day!

Part of the United Nations Environment Programme, this year's theme is Think.Eat.Save.
Given the enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, Think.Eat.Save encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions. Global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.

CLICK HERE to learn more.





Supervisors Make Substantial Changes to GPU Guiding Principles Despite Pleas for Robust Public Review Process

On Monday, June 3, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors did an about face on the Guiding Principles of the County’s General Plan Update.  Despite requests from many speakers, including Hezekiah Allen of the Mattole Restoration Council and local resident Lisa Zystro, for more time to review a new set of principles that were released just three days before the hearing, the Board voted 4-1 to substantially alter the original Guiding Principles. The original principles were developed with significant public input over several years and unanimously approved by both the Board of Supervisors in 2004 and then by the Planning Commission, with a few minor changes, in 2012.

Supervisor Fennell, after emphasizing the importance of public participation, decided against giving another two weeks for the public to review and comment on the major changes to the Guiding Principles. Supervisor Bohn made a claim that he felt the new Principles, which were developed behind closed doors, were representative of the community as a whole despite significant concerns brought up by many members of the public in attendance. Supervisors Bass and Sundberg were quick to support the new language leaving Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace to be the lone dissenting voice. 

CLICK HERE to read more.



Speak up on Humboldt County's Guiding Principles!

On Monday, June 3, the Board of Supervisors will be reviewing and considering changes to the Guiding Principles that were adopted in 2004 and revised by the Planning Commission in 2012. The Guiding Principles were intended to guide the Planning Commission’s work on the County’s General Plan Update, which is now in its 13th year.
The current Board of Supervisors is under considerable pressure to remove important environmental protections of the County's General Plan.  Your supervisors need to hear your support for sustainable development and conservation of forests, farms, and watersheds.

Check out the following Guiding Principles HERE and let your Supervisors know what is important to you!

Enacting a strong County General Plan is one of the most important ways we can promote sustainable communities and protect Humboldt County's natural treasures for future generations. Contact the Board of Supervisors or comment at the hearing on Monday afternoon to let them know what you want to see for our future!

 CLICK HERE for more information!



Californians Against Fracking Launches May 30th!

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, history will be made with the launch of Californians Against Fracking, a new statewide coalition to ban fracking in California. The West Coast release of Gasland II will be accompanied by a Press Conference and Rally in front of the Governor's office in Los Angeles. A coordinated rally will also be held in at the Govenor's offices in San Francisco.

Fracking poses a direct and immediate threat to the drinking water, air, food, health, wildlife, climate and economy of California. While our state prides itself on being a leader in the fight against climate change, oil companies are gearing up to frack the estimated 15 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale. This area is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, critical water sources, important wildlife habitat and communities from the Salinas Valley to the Los Angeles Basin.

To launch Californians Against Fracking, Academy Award-nominated film maker Josh Fox will join labor groups, farmers, public health professionals, environmental and environmental justice organizations, and local residents who have come together to call for a ban in California on this dirty and dangerous practice. T

CLICK HERE to RSVP if you can attend the San Francisco rally!



Eco-Film Night: Green Fire - Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time

Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold's idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all areas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold's life and experiences to provide context, and explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. 

The film will be introduced by David Rains Wallace, author of seventeen books, who has written about Leopold in Sierra magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. 

 CLICK HERE for more information!



Earth Day Cleanups and Hoedown Celebration!

The Northcoast Environmental Center is hosting our 2nd Beach Cleanup and Tsunami Debris Monitoring event of 2013 on Earth Day! Several local organizations are hosting cleanup events as well.

After the cleanups, join us for an Earth Day celebration at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 3-7pm. Admission to this fun, family-friendly event is only $5! The event is FREE for cleanup volunteers!

 CLICK HERE for more information!







Say NO to GMO Salmon! Comment Period EXTENDED through April 26!

Tell President Obama and the U.S. FDA that you strongly oppose the approval of GE salmon to protect consumer health, the safety of our environment and the long-term integrity of our food supply. GE salmon pose serious risks to our marine environment and wild populations of salmon.
CLICK HERE for more information!





Co-sign the Open Letter to Obama Calling for Bold Climate Action!

 President Obama has promised action to confront climate change. To do that, he must end the detrimental "all of the above" energy policy of his first term. Please add your name as a co-signer on's open letter urging him to take bold action to confront climate change NOW.
CLICK HERE to sign the petition!







Tell Caltrans: Move the 101 Corridor Meeting to Eureka!

Caltrans proposes to turn the 101 Safety Corridor between Arcata and Eureka into a freeway, closing all but two of the crossings, with an overpass at Indianola Cutoff. In May, their permit application for the project will go before the Coastal Commission at a meeting in Marin County.

Holding this hearing over 350 miles away would eliminate most residents’ ability to participate. We believe that this hearing should take place at a location where community members can be heard. This project has been in the works since 2001 and has been very controversial for a number of reasons. Postponing this hearing just a few months would allow the affected community to participate in a hearing in Eureka.
After 12 years, what’s four more months?

Signatures are needed by April 8!
Sign the petition HERE!
To review Caltrans documents for this project, visit 




Tonight in Weaverville! "Over Troubled Waters" Screening and Peripheral Tunnels Project Slideshow
Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (SAFE) is hosting a film screening on April 2nd of "Over Troubled Waters", a documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and a slideshow about the Peripheral Tunnels Project with a question and answer period to follow.

The documentary, “Over Troubled Waters”, by Restore the Delta ( and the C-WIN slideshow are part of a statewide public education effort to stop the building of Peripheral Tunnels.  Larry Glass, President of Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (S.A.F.E.), emphasizes that Trinity County is a major and uncompensated source of much of this water and so Trinity should have significant say about how much water should be taken and and how that water should be used.  These considerations must be important parts of this effort and the overall education of the California public before decisions are made to borrow billions for questionable projects such as the Peripheral Tunnels.

6:30pm at the Weaverville Fire Hall.




An Evening of Art and Song:
Jim Page, with Art by Patricia Sennott

Join the Northcoast Environmental Center and Ink People Center for the Arts for a fine night of art, activism and song—featuring Seattle-based topical songwriter Jim Page and local artist Patricia Sennott. Songwriting duo Mo Hollis (of the Ink People) and Morgan Corviday (of the NEC) will open the show.

CLICK HERE for more information.








Film Night!
Wednesday, March 27

Join us for the story of a small but committed group of local tribal, state and federal land managers who embarked upon a mission to bring back prescribed fire as a tool to protect communities and ecosystems across Northern California. Drawing on interviews with fire scientists, tribal and federal land managers, and fire savvy residents from across the North State, the film provides insight into how our relationship to fire can be restored.

A panel discussion with the film's producer and local fire scientists will follow the film.

7-9pm at the Arcata Playhouse.












Barn Dance Saturday Feb. 23!
Proceeds Benefit the NEC!

Join the Humboldt Folklife Society and the NEC for a foot-stompin', skirt-twirlin' good time at the Barn Dance, Saturday February 23! Tara Stetz will be calling, with the fantastic Striped Pig Stringband. Proceeds benefit the NEC, so put on your dancing shoes and we'll see you there! 7-11pm at the Arcata Vets Hall 















Shovel-Ready Sustainability - Permaculture Strategies for Community Resilience

What steps can we take, right here and now, to reduce our carbon footprint and prepare our homes and communities for an uncertain future of climate change and dwindling resources? In this engaging slide show, Mark DuPont of Klamath Knot Permaculture will present real life solutions being applied in Northwestern California, including forest farming, edible landscaping, natural building, water conservation via rainwater catchment and recycling, mycoremediation, watershed restoration and more. Sandy Bar Ranch & Klamath Knot Permaculture present a free slideshow on these topics, on two dates: Jan 29 and Feb 20. CLICK HERE for more information!




Tsunami Debris Monitoring
and Beach Cleanup - THIS SATURDAY!


On Saturday, February 2nd, the Northcoast Environmental Center is officially kicking off our Beach Cleanup & Tsunami Debris Monitoring program!

Over the course of the next year, in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission, the NEC will be regularly monitoring beaches in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for any possible debris that may have originated from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. This will be the first of three Humboldt County beach cleanups and monitoring events prior to Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21st, 2013.

 CLICK HERE for more information! 



Movie Night and Mixer, January 23!

Our first Mixer and Movie Night of the year! Join us January 23rd for a FREE mixer at the Arcata Playhouse, 5:30-7:30pm to eat, drink and be merry with the NEC board, staff and supporters. Then at 7:30 stay for A Fierce Green Fire—a cinematic production covering the history of the conservation and activist movements. You won't want to miss this!CLICK HERE for more information! 











Reining in the Rain, January 23

Come out to Eureka for this great workshop on groundwater recharge, low impact development and permeable pavement design at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka, Wednesday, January 23 8:30am-4:30pm. Then join the NEC and friends at the Arcata Playhouse for our first mixer and movie night of the new year (information above)!CLICK HERE for more information on Reining in the Rain!




















Stop the NRA's Lead-poisoning Legislation

Lead is an extremely toxic element that we’ve sensibly removed from water pipes, gasoline, paint and other sources dangerous to people. Yet toxic lead is still entering the food chain through widespread use of lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, poisoning wildlife and even threatening human health. The NEC supports the Center for Biological Diversity’s Get the Lead Out campaign.
 CLICK HERE for more info, or
CLICK HERE to sign their petition!





Eco-Film Night! Thursday Dec. 6

Join us for the first in a series of Eco-Film Nights! A Wild American Forest - a film about the Klamath mountain region. Also featuring a presentation by UC Davis ecologist Dr. Susan Harrison about her research featured in the film. Thursday December 6 at the Arcata Playhouse.
CLICK HERE for more information and to view a trailer of the film!





Transition Humboldt Organizational Meeting, Sunday Dec. 9

Transition Humboldt invites anyone interested in developing Transition Town initiatives in Humboldt Co. to attend an organizational meeting on Sunday, Dec. 9th, 4 - 6 PM at The Link, 1385 8th Street (the Greenway Building at the foot of 8th Street) in Arcata. Open to the public! Please bring snacks/drinks and your ideas for how to create a resilient and self-reliant Humboldt County. More Information can be found on the Transition Humboldt Facebook page, or call Larry 845-7272.
Or CLICK HERE to view the flyer for the meeting!




The All Species Ball was a Blast!!

Banana slugs, mushrooms, wildcats, ravens and more kicked up their heels at this year's All Species Ball! Great music and good times were had by all. Many thanks to those of you who came out to support the NEC!
CLICK HERE to view our Ball photos in our Flickr photo gallery!








Celebrating the Clean Water Act - 40 Years Old on Oct. 18!!



On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, NEC stands with Humboldt Baykeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance in urging up to take action to protect California waters from industrial pollution.The Clean Water Act, adopted by Congress 40 years ago on October 18, has made vast strides toward fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters. However, polluters continue to attack clean water protections.
CLICK HERE for more





Pastels on the Plaza

Many thanks to our artist for this year's square for Pastels on the Plaza, Olivia Borchardt!










HSU Environmental Impacts of Marijuana Cultivation Symposium, Friday Oct. 12

This  two-part symposium will gather grassroots environmental activists, community members, and policy makers to discuss efforts to address the   environmental impacts of marijuana cultivation. Panelists will review   the impacts of marijuana agriculture and offer insights into the opportunities and challenges involved in addressing these problems.
CLICK HERE for more information!   





Historic Arcata Bottom Bike Tour, Sunday Oct. 14