The Northcoast Environmental Center has been at the forefront of dam removal and other important issues since the 1970s. While a new framework for removing four dams has been agreed to by tribes, the dam operators, and the states of California and Oregon, much work still needs to be done to support a healthy river system.
All that we have accomplished through the years 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.
Safeguarding Watersheds — Promoting Healthy Communities
Now that the Water Board regulations and state laws are in place, the Emerald Counties have put forward ordinances in an attempt to regulate medical cannabis. Much work remains to be done by the environmental community to push for strict new enforcement of these regulations. Without sufficient enforcement, the black market will continue to thrive and have consequences. With your help, the NEC will continue to work toward closing loopholes in the ordinances.
Restoring Forest Ecosystems and Building Fire Resiliency
The NEC, its board members, and member organizations are working with communities, tribes, and our congressional representative to earn support for new federal legislation that would begin to restore more than 700,000 acres in the South Fork Trinity/Mad River Special Restoration Area in the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. The legislation could add approximately 300,000 acres of recognized Wilderness and add over 400 miles of waterways to the Wild & Scenic rivers program.
Taking Action for Healthy Oceans and Trash-free Seas
The North Coast network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) help serve as an ocean “savings account” for the future and completes the California network of MPAs. The NEC is dedicated to supporting these special places through advocacy, education and promotion. We also know how to roll up our sleeves (and pant-legs) to keep our beaches clean through the NEC’s Adopt-A-Beach and Coastal Cleanup programs. This past Coastal Cleanup Day was a huge success with over 60 sites cleaned of over four tons of trash. These efforts would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters.
Activating North Coast Communities
Nothing is more important to promoting change in our world than an informed and engaged populace. This paper in your hand, EcoNews, continues to report about important bioregional environmental news. In an age of digital media, our print edition remains very popular with NEC members and community members.
Two weekly radio shows offer informative content on the airwaves and streaming online every week, bringing listeners timely environmental news: the EcoNews Report on KHSU and Coastal Currents on KHUM.
Supporting NEC Member Organizations
The NEC supports our region’s hard-working conservation groups. We are proud to work with our ten member and affiliate member groups who are at the forefront of environmental education, celebration and action! We are also proud to act as Humboldt Baykeeper’s fiscal sponsor so it can continue to safeguard Humboldt Bay through citizen-science, advocacy, education, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution.
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. These young people are our future conservation leaders and your support means these opportunities will be able to continue.
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It’s easy, visit www.yournec.org/donate, give us a call at 707-822-6918, or stop by the office. We'll even send you a self-addressed envelope in which to mail a check!
For our forests, wildlife, rivers and coast,
Larry Glass, NEC Board President