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Commission to Vote on Postponing Marine Protected Area Reviews
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plan proposes to postpone regional scientific reviews of the effectiveness of “marine protected areas” from once every five years, as originally promised, to once every 10 years.
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 4:34PM
UN Official Receives Formal Complaint from Solitary Prisoners’ Family Members & Advocates
CA – After months of public outcry, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) have submitted a formal complaint to Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) jarringly noisy and disruptive “security/welfare checks” in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing ...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:54PM
Scientists Urge Feds to Continue Fracking Moratorium off CA Coast
The opposition to environmentally destructive fracking in California's marine waters is building rapidly. On March 22, over 30 prominent scientists urged the federal government to continue the moratorium on fracking in federal waters off the California coast and to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact statement for the controversial oil-industry technique.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:54AM
Humpback Whale Monitoring Proposal Ignores Record Number of West Coast Entanglements
OAKLAND, Calif., March 21, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed plan for monitoring humpback whales ignores one of the fastest-growing threats to this iconic species: entanglement in fishing gear. Along the West Coast, a record 31 humpbacks were caught in fishing gear in 2015, according to new federal data.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:44PM
Respect farmworkers: Boycott Driscoll's
Costco 1006 West Wabash Ave, Eureka, CA and Eureka Labor Temple 840 E St, Eureka, CA
Event Date: Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:59PM
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Frog in California, Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lengthy delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the foothill yellow-legged frog, which has disappeared from more than half of its former streams in California and Oregon. This stream-dwelling amphibian faces a host of threats, including impacts from dams and water diversions, logging, mining, livestock grazing, roads, marijuan...
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:56PM
Karuk Tribe, Conservationists Add Klamath National Forest to Westside Lawsuit
“The Westside proposal short changes our community by denying us an opportunity to restore the forest, manage wildfire, and put locals back to work,” said Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. “There is no way that the Forest Service plan will pass a legal challenge. The Karuk alternative, on the other hand, has the support of local conservation groups, provides significant opportunities for bringing timber to market, and complies with applicable state and federal law.”
Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:02PM
Fishery Council Adopts Ocean Salmon Options for 2016 Season
“The mix of salmon runs this year is unusual,” said outgoing Executive Director Donald McIsaac in a PFMC news release. “In the north, the return of fall Chinook to the Columbia River is forecast to be exceptionally high again, but expectations for wild coho runs to the Washington Coast and Puget Sound areas can only be described as disastrous. In the south, the Sacramento River fall Chinook are healthy, but Klamath River fall Chinook are so poor that the Council’s policy calls for a ...
Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:41PM
SEC Charges Westlands Water District with 'Enron Accounting'
Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) noted that the SEC action “reminded me of a transcript from a Westlands board meeting where Birmingham, in response to a question, said the district would declare bankruptcy and default on bonds for BDCP, the predecessor to the California Fix, if necessary, and the landowners would not be held financially responsible.” The transcript from the Westlands Water District Board meeting of January 15, 2014, states: Q: If the D...
Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:39PM
Sacramento Salmon Ocean Abundance Forecast Is Half Of Last Year's
“The projection for 2016 salmon makes clear the damage done by water diversions and drought the last several years," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). “The 2016 salmon number means more protections are needed in the Delta and Central Valley salmon habitat, not less. Any politician proposing more water diversions now from the Delta needs to look at the salmon numbers and stop proposing more harm to salmon and our coastal communities.” ...
Posted: Tue Mar 1, 2016 3:09PM
Emergency Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Alpine Flower
EUREKA, Calif., January 15, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity joined two scientists and the California Native Plant Society today in filing a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the Lassics lupine, a rare alpine flower found in Humboldt and Trinity counties and nowhere else on Earth. There are only two known populations of the lupine, both growing above 5,000 feet elevation on the talus slopes of Mt. Lassic and Red Lassic M...
Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:25PM
Yurok Tribe adopts ordinance banning Frankenfish and GMOs
"The Yurok People have the responsibility to care for our natural world, including the plants and animals we use for our foods and medicines," said James Dunlap, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. "This Ordinance is a necessary step to protect our food sovereignty and to ensure the spiritual, cultural and physical health of the Yurok People. GMO food production systems, which are inherently dependent on the overuse of herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics, are not our best interest,"
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:12AM
Lawsuit Challenges Failure to Protect Coastal Marten
EUREKA, Calif., December 16, 2015 — Two conservation groups today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the coastal marten under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center first petitioned for protection for the coastal marten, sometimes known as the Humboldt marten, in 2010. Represented by Earthjustice, the groups are now challenging the Service’s April 2015 decision not to award federal pro...
Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:06AM
Troy Fletcher, Yurok Tribe's Visionary Leader, Passes Away
"This is a tragic loss for the Yurok people, so tragic that words cannot express how we feel,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Troy accomplished things that many people thought were impossible. We will forever be grateful for Troy’s tremendous contribution to the Tribe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Photo of Troy Fletcher courtesy of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:41AM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites and Call for Halt of Construction After Ancient Village Bulldozed in the Dead of Night. Sacred Sites destroyed in the course of construction of Caltrans' Willits Bypass highway expansion in Mendocino County on Hwy. 101
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:08PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear
OAKLAND, Calif.— A state-convened working group is recommending a series of important initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:42PM
Cal State U. faculty to mark start of a Strike Vote with Picketlines, Theater, Rallies
A Strike Authorization Vote by the faculty who teach in the 23-campus California State University system begins online and in person at 9 am on Monday, October 19. The vote continues through 5 pm October 28.
Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:03PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM