ECONEWS REPORT

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Jan 4, 2018
Scott Greacen

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River's on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority. Scott and Stephanie discuss the fight between state and federal law in the Trump era and the struggle to secure environmental protections at the state and local level.

Sarah Duffy / Northcoast Environmental Center Intern

“This is really a political move, I believe”, states Oregon representative Pam Marsh. In early December, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released his National Monument review, describing his recommendations for Monuments such as Bears Ears and the Cascade-Siskiyou, resulting in an unprecedented National Monument cutback. Ecologist Evan Frost and Oregon State representative Pam Marsh discuss the politics and ecological impacts of the Trump administration’s decision.

Photo by English Express

Baykeeper’s Tours Coordinator Jasmin Segura partners with English Express founder Mary Ann Hytken to provide guest lectures and tours of Humboldt Bay aboard the H/V Madaket for ESL students and their families. English Express is so much more than an English Language school!

Jasmin and I spoke with Mary Ann Hytken, Ray Valdivia, and Spencer Graey of English Express, about how they offer community services, field trips, and English lessons for ESL students from Cambodia, China, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Pakistan, Senegal, Thailand, and the Ukraine. 


Abrupt Abolition of Restoration Oversight Group

Dec 7, 2017
Dustin Revel

Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River, hosts this episode about the abrupt abolition of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). TAMWG was a federal advisory committee made up of local landowners, scientists, and business owners who provided oversight for the Trinity River Restoration Program. The decision to dissolve the committee appears to have come from high level Department of Interior officials.

Tiffany Perez / Northcoast Environmental Center

This fall, Humboldt State University partnered with the City of Arcata to adopt Zagster, a bike rental program that allows users to borrow bikes for the day. The Office of Sustainability’s Climate Action Analyst Morgan King explains the bike share and how it ties into the university’s Climate Action Plan.

Humboldt County Planning & Building

Nearly 18 years in the making, the County’s 20-year land use plan was finally adopted in October. 

It will create ten percent fewer new homes with more environmental impacts than the version recommended by the 2012 Planning Commission. County Supervisor Mike Wilson explains why his first and only vote on the plan was cast in opposition.

Ecological Impacts of Commercial Cannabis

Nov 2, 2017
Friends of the Eel River

Friends of the Eel River board member Craig Tucker hosts a discussion about cannabis cultivation impacts and proposed local regulations with FOER  Conservation Director Scott Greacen.

Learn more about Friends of the Eel River's views on effective cannabis regulation on their website. 

Click here to read Friends of the Eel River's comments on Humboldt County's commercial cannabis EIR.


Living With Wildfire: Are You Prepared?

Oct 19, 2017

Recent catastrophic fires driven by hot, dry winds destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and businesses in Northern California. More than 40 people died and many are still missing, and thousands are homeless and/or jobless.

Across California and the West, many communities are more vulnerable than we realize, given the buildup of fuels over the past hundred years. Even damp coastal redwood forests have seen major wildfires, as evidenced by the massive fire scars on ancient trees.

Today my guests are two local experts in community fire preparedness. Cybelle Immitt is a planner with the Humboldt County Public Works Department. Tracy Katelman is a forester and founder of ForEverGreen Forestry based in Eureka, California and Pucón, Chile. They are launching a series of community workshops on fire preparedness that will be held in 14 communities around the county from Oct. 26 to Dec. 6.

Eel River Dam Removal Update

Oct 5, 2017
Google Earth

"We have this wonderful habitat at the headwaters, which is fed most of the year by snowmelt, and the fish can't get there." 

Have you considered how you can downsize your personal carbon footprint, or if it’s even possible? Do you wonder what local government is doing to prepare for sea level rise?

Surfrider Humboldt/Facebook

Coastal Cleanup Day has been a major volunteer event in Humboldt County for 38 years. It is the largest volunteer event in support of the marine environment worldwide and occurred this past Saturday.

After Another Bundy Acquittal: Where Does this Leave Public Lands?

Sep 7, 2017
Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Federal prosecutors in Nevada have again failed to secure convictions against right wing militia supporters who were facing up to 100-year prison terms for assault on federal officers, conspiracy, and other crimes related to the April 12 2014 stand-off at Bunkerville Nevada where BLM officers tried to impound Cliven Bundy’s cows over his refusal to pay federal grazing fees.

Friends of the Dunes' Education Manager Suzie Fortner describes the incredible diversity of local bay and dune ecosystems that Friends of the Dunes works to conserve through community supported education and stewardship programs. One such program is the Coastal Naturalist Training, a 6-week course from September 7 to October 15. Evening lectures and weekend field trips are led by local experts and cover a variety of topics including dune geology, botany, animal tracking, cultural history, marine ecology, and ecological restoration.   


Keeping Current with the CA MPA Collaborative Network

Aug 25, 2017

California implemented a world class system of 124 marine protected areas in 2012, created through a comprehensive stakeholder-led public process. The MPA Collaborative Network was created to ensure locals continued to have a voice in the management of their MPAs. 

Jensen Green / Volunteer

This month, California 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman released a draft legislation for his public lands bill. The idea for a bill like this has been discussed for years, and includes restoration, conservation, recreation, and natural management efforts. Huffman had several public meetings to hear comment about this draft and give the opportunity for constituents to give support or feedback. In this EcoNews Report, I spoke with Jared Huffman about his bill, and then we hear selected portions of the Eureka public comment meeting.

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