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Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon
“We take this threat to our fish very seriously, and we’re looking at every option to protect our fish. We don’t want to go through another catastrophe like the fish kill in 2002, and we will do anything we can to avoid that outcome this year,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:19PM
Youth Protest Klamath River Water Pollution
“As a Yurok Tribal member, I am deeply affected by what happens on the Klamath River,” said Stoney McCoy, a 16 year-old Yurok Tribal Youth Council member. “ What I saw today coming out of the Klamath Strait Drain made me sick to my stomach, I will fight for as long as it takes to clean up the Klamath...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:29AM
Nonviolent Protest at Mendocino Redwoods Company Mill in Ukiah
9 am: Rally at Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah 11 am: Demonstration at the Ukiah mill operation of Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC)...
Event Date: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:36PM
Rally in the Redwoods July 16
Agency Green-Lights Logging Plan in the Redwoods: Protest Rally July 16 on Gualala River. On July 1, state regulators approved the 402-acre “Dogwood” timber harvest plan (THP) to log in the sensitive redwood forest floodplain along the lower Wild and Scenic Gualala River, to the river’s mouth. The redwood trees there, many a century old, are in recovery, regenerating after historical heavy industrial logging....
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:09PM
Court Publishes Decision Granting Relief to Inmate Disciplined For Hunger Strike
June 20, 2016 - Jorge Gomez spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the time of California’s historic 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike. Launched in early July 2013, the strike was to protest torturous and inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay’s SHU and at other isolation/segregation units throughout the state. Over 30,000-plus incarcerated persons participated at its height, with many refusing food for as long as two months. In the early days of the 2013 Priso...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:36PM
Immediate Habitat Protection Sought for Killer Whales Along West Coast
SEATTLE, June 6, 2016 — Conservation groups and more than 100,000 people today called on the Obama administration to immediately expand protected critical habitat for Southern Resident killer whales along the West Coast. The population remains critically endangered with just 83 individuals left....
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:06PM
Day of Action in Support of Familias Unidas and San Quintin, MX Farmworkers
On Saturday, May 7th, there was a call from farm workers for a Boycott Driscoll’s International Day of Action to bring attention to the fight in the berry fields both in Washington State and San Quintin, MX....
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:20PM
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 Units (PB-...
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, marijuana cu...
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 low ‘de ...
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 Distr...
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.” Photo ...
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 Mou...
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 protect...
Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:06AM