On November 4, EPIC will honor Greg King with our annual Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award. Sempervirens is Latin for “always green” and is the scientific name for our majestic coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). It is only fitting that we honor Greg King, whose work will be felt by those who walk in amazement through Headwaters Forest for many lifetimes to come.
In Humboldt County’s long and illustrious history of environmental activism, Greg King’s name stands out. Greg is credited with the discovery of the then-largest patch of old-growth redwood forest, what he coined “Headwaters Forest.” He was there for the fight that followed—Redwood Summer.
After the timber war settled, Greg continued his advocacy. Greg founded the Smith River Project, which focused its efforts on the massive use of pesticides by lily bulb famers on the banks of the Smith River. Greg also founded the Siskiyou Land Conservancy, a land-trust that focused on protecting private properties not served by other land trusts—usually small parcels that hold and connect important riparian and terrestrial habitats.
Greg has worn many hats through the years—journalist, activist, non-profit director—but none more important than friend. Greg has been a friend of EPIC and the North Coast. Help us thank him at EPIC’s Fall Celebration, November 4, 2016 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. Tickets are $15 for music only, and $50 for dinner, awards ceremony and music and can be purchased at Wildberries, Redway Liquors and Brownpapertickets.com. Gourmet vegetarian dinner catered by Uniquely Yours followed by the Sempervirens Award Ceremony, and music with Joanne Rand, Woven Roots, and Object Heavy.