Dear Friend of the Northcoast Environmental Center,
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:
• Safeguarding Wild Places and Working Lands! Large-scale marijuana operations and other intensive land use activities are a continuing threat both on public and private lands throughout our region. With your support, the NEC will continue to work with organizations, agencies, and individuals to prevent threats to forests, waterways and wildlife by leading trespass grow cleanup and prevention efforts, taking a stand for responsible land use, and seeking other strategies to bring life back into balance after decades of neglect. We need your help to get there!
• Engaging Youth Through Place-based Environmental Education! In just six months, the NEC’s educational programs have blossomed thanks to the Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail grants program and support from individuals like you. Since April, the NEC’s Clean Beaches, Healthy Communities curriculum has been successfully delivered to nearly 400 students in seven summer camps and twelve classrooms throughout Humboldt County. Your contribution will help keep North Coast youth informed and engaged in caring for our planet.
• Taking Action for Clean Beaches and Trash-free Seas! This year we celebrated the 35th year of the NEC’s Adopt-A-Beach and Coastal Cleanup program, and the 30th anniversary of our collaboration with the California Coastal Commission for Coastal Cleanup Day. Over 900 volunteers scoured beaches, sloughs and rivers and removed more than 5 tons of trash from Humboldt County waterways. This huge effort would not be possible without the generosity of our members and sponsors.
• Protecting Watersheds, Promoting Sustainable Communities, and Safeguarding Scenic Views! Despite the efforts of a property-rights-dominated County Planning Commission, the NEC continues to fight for sustainable development and protection of farms, forests, and watersheds through Humboldt County’s General Plan Update and other initiatives. We also know how to roll up our sleeves to take the necessary action to protect scenic views. Despite the ups and downs of local politics, one thing is certain: we need your help to keep the pressure on local decision makers so that environmental protection and sustainable community design remains at the forefront of this region’s land-use decisions.
• Providing Opportunities for the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders: As part of our longstanding partnership with Humboldt State University, the NEC takes pride in being able to provide opportunities for students through both internships and work-study positions. Through our participation in HSU’s work-study program, each gift of $1,000 will be worth at least $3,000 in support of one of our dedicated work-study students for a semester.
• Supporting Humboldt Baykeeper! One of the NEC’s central functions is to support our region’s hard-working conservation groups. No doubt that Humboldt Baykeeper ranks at the top and we are proud to act as their fiscal sponsor so they can continue to safeguard Humboldt Bay through citizen-science, advocacy, education, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution.
• Taking Action for Trails! In partnership with numerous other organizations and individuals, the NEC continues to support a region-wide network of trails which will improve our quality of life, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and increase recreational opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
• Activating North Coast Communities! Nothing is more important to promoting change in our world than an informed and engaged populace. Your support will sustain the NEC’s media programs and outreach efforts:
EcoNews: Our long-standing environmental newspaper, EcoNews, continues to get the word out not only on the work the NEC engages in directly, but the indispensible efforts of our partner organizations throughout the bioregion. Whether you prefer perusing print or reading online (www.yournec.org/econews/home), we look forward to continuing to provide our supporters with news on the ecological issues that matter most here on the North Coast.
EcoNews Report: As the longest running public affairs show on KHSU, the EcoNews Report delivers informative environmental programming over the airwaves and streaming online every week to bring listeners timely environmental news. Tune in to the EcoNews Report every Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm on KHSU 90.5 FM! You can also listen online anytime at www.yournec.org/econews-report.
Coastal Currents: This year, the NEC expanded our radio and podcast presence to include KHUM 104.7 FM's long-running weekly "Coastal Currents" program. Tune in each week at noon as our hosts dive into issues and events important to Humboldt's beaches, rivers, bay and waterways. By renewing your membership or becoming a member today, you will help ensure that we continue to be the region’s go-to source for environmental news.
Send in your contribution today — or CLICK HERE to donate online — to continue to protect and celebrate our treasured North Coast. On behalf of the board and staff of the NEC, we thank you in advance for your commitment to this special region and all its inhabitants.
For the forests, farms, rivers, and coast—
Dan Ehresman, Executive Director
Larry Glass, NEC Board President
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