News from the Center - Apr/May 2015

April, 2015

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Throughout the west it is no secret that we are entering the fourth year of an unprecedented drought: snow pack is at an all time low, reservoirs are depleted and groundwater is being sucked out at alarming rates to serve California’s ecologically egregious agriculture.

In the midst of a worsening climate crisis, we are facing significant ecological threats within our bioregion. And, as it happens sometimes, several major threats are hitting us all at once. From the proposed fracked natural gas pipeline project in southern Oregon and the gold ore processing facility that was eyeing the old LP pulp mill on the Samoa peninsula, to unprecedented salvage logging proposals and a draft marijuana ordinance that would open up North Coast forests to more industrial marijuana grows—we need all hands on deck to ensure that bad ideas such as these do not see the light of day.

Protecting wild places, wildlife, and the resources upon which we depend is more critical now than ever given the tremendous challenges we face as a result of our rapidly changing climate and our changing planet.

Fortunately, even though the threats keep on coming and some issues seem beyond our control, we live in a region where people care immensely and are willing to take a stand. In looking through the stories told in these pages and all of the amazing organizations, businesses, and individuals who are giving their all to protect our region’s communities and special places, we have a lot to be grateful for.
    
NEC Spring Mixer
Speaking of gratitude, I want to shout out a warm thank you to all who joined us at the NEC’s Spring mixer and open house. Getting to spend that time with so many great friends, colleagues, and long-standing members was a vital recharge given some of the difficult issues we are facing. A big thanks to all who helped out in donating and preparing delicious food and drink, tending the various tables, and participating in the ever-lively raffle.

Birdathon
Whether or not you made it out to the mixer, we are excited to announce another way to get involved. This year, the NEC is pleased to co-sponsor with the Redwood Region Audubon Society the 1st Annual Tim McKay Birdathon! Thanks to Gary Friedrichsen for leading the charge to get this engaging event up and going again!

Unlike other events that are focused in one area, anyone can participate in the Birdathon. Regardless of where you live or where you are going to be from May 1st through May 9th, you can either start a team, join a team, or pledge your support! For more about the Birdathon check out the facing page or visit www.yournec.org/events/birdathon.

So Many Events... and NEC's 44th Birthday!
Along with the Birdathon, April and May are absolutely jam-packed with events—too many to list here. But here are a few highlights—you can help celebrate the NEC’s 44th Birthday at any/all of them: Russian River film night at the Arcata Playhouse on April 16 (see add on the back cover), Japan Tsunami Debris Cleanups (see ad on facing page), Godwit Days (see page 6), Klamath-Trinity Fish Fair on April 24, Earth Day Cleanups and Hoedown on April 25 (see page 5), Party for the Planet at Sequoia Park Zoo on April 26, Jammie Jog II also on April 26, Birdathon May 1-9 (see facing page), and a Humboldt Trails Tribute on May 16.

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