News from the Center - Dec 2015/Jan 2016

December, 2015


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:




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