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EPIC party

[From the Environmental Protection Information Center.]

This is a not-to-be missed gala affair! The Arcata Community Center is being transformed into a vaudevillian atmosphere with belly dancers from the Ya Habidi Dance Company, performers from Dell’Arte, and two amazing bands! Talented six-piece, Portland, Oregon-based Vagabond Opera will be sure to impress with their European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, and theatrical performance style! Fishtank Ensemble‘s ‘cross-pollinated’ Gypsy music will get you dancing, and Ursula Knudsen on the musical saw will complement and complete the evening’s entertainment.


  1. April 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I guess EPIC gave up on the Mateel? Or the folks down in SoHum?

  2. April 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    They only care about the money. There’s more money in Arcata.

  3. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

    good to know I’m not alone in my feelings about EPIC

  4. April 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

    EPIC will continue to do the Annual Party at the Mateel, the first Friday of November. Those who listened to Thank Jah It’s Friday on KMUD this morning know that EPIC is present and rooted in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino. We are very excited to throw this party in Arcata, and appreciative of folks like Tryphena Lewis, all the artists and performers, and these great musical acts for making it happen. Come out and have a great time and stay on the cutting cultural edge that makes the redwood region a globally recognized locale. EPIC is a big part of that, as are many of the other excellent civil society efforts in Northwest California. Thanks to Heraldo for posting the flyer. Check our website for our current work: http://www.wildcalifornia.org

  5. Natalynne
    April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Every November EPIC hosts the Fall Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Mateel Community Center. This November 2nd, we will be celebrating our 35th Anniversary! In March, we hosted our 10th Annual Pisces Party at Beginnings in Briceland.

    EPIC continues to prioritize supporting of our Southern Humboldt membership through various projects, initiatives, assisting KMUD, and with events.

    We are very thankful for the opportunity to be able to expand up into the northern Humboldt area, and are thrilled to be hosting this event for our community.

  6. Somewhat friendly
    April 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    So you’ll be growing more dope up here?

  7. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    “When’s EPIC going to give the money to all the PL workers who lost their jobs because of this group?”

    When’s PL going to give us back all that forest they helped butcher? When are they going to fix the creeks and streams they obliterated and bring back round the clock fog? Their own fat cats got rich and ripped off their grunt workers all along the way. Timber was another gold rush, and just like the miners, the heads of the companies didn’t care about anything but getting as much as they could as fast as they could, and today they try to do the same thing but under blankets of calculated PR like “selective harvesting” etc.

  8. What Now
    April 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    EXCELLENT post, Anonymous @ 12:39.
    Thank you.

  9. April 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    It is a rare moment when I feel compelled to add comments that I know will only feed the trolls, but this party is going to be so good on April 14 that I had to say something. First off, anyone who heard Thank Jah It’s Friday on KMUD this morning knows full well that EPIC is and always will be very present with the core community in Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino. That is my true habitat. Folks also know, as Natalynne reminds us, that EPIC will continue to do our Annual Meeting party at the Mateel on the first Friday of November, and this year EPIC is turning 35 years old. The show on Friday is a fantastic expression of the volunteerism and generosity of an enormous group of volunteers, artists, local businesses, and internationally renowned musicians. This Spring Gala demonstrates that EPIC is at the cultural creative cutting edge that makes the redwood region one of the most exciting places to live in the world. We love this place. So come out on Saturday April 14 and be a part of the EPIC community that knows how to be so very effective in defending the wild nature that makes our bioregion so special. Thanks to Heraldo for posting the announcement for the party, and thanks to all the peeps who have pitched in to EPIC and made victories like this weeks decisive rebuke of Caltrans possible. THANK YOU! This gala is going to be a party!!

  10. April 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    By the way, another great reason to come out and party with EPIC Saturday April 14:


  11. RefFan
    April 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    So Gary, you are for the animal farms, eh? Great! I love eating meat from animals that eats shit all day.

  12. April 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    An excellent example of the trolls that I knew my comments would feed. Keep trolling trolls! Have a good thread!!

  13. Bolithio
    April 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Gary, lets set aside what we agree to dis-agree on (the harm of trees at RG, the effects of a mitigated clear-cut). I also hope you believe me when i say I have a memory and deep respect for EPICs early cases and campaigns.

    Beyond those issues, we have much common ground. The desire to protect old growth stands, preserve native oak woodland, encourage forest restoration, among other things. But do you give any credit to the modern timber industry who has made significant strides to reducing impacts and improving conditions? Much of the work of the first 15 years of EPIC lead to huge changes in policy and enforcement of forest practice. Yet I rarely if at all, ever see you satisfied. Over 2/3rds of the timberland in Humboldt is managed using selective methods now – a major shift in the past 20 years, no? The BMPs employed by timber companies and non-industrial landowners alike are certainly taking the burdens off of our streams in a unprecedented way. I would find it easier to support your current group if you did a little more to improve your attitudes to timber and ranching around here. The public reading your blogs would think the whole county is a clear cut with the last spotted owl about to be killed! Balance out your message, and you just may re-gain the respect you have lost locally through the years.

  14. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    “Beyond those issues, we have much common ground.”

    Sincere question for Bolithio: How many acres already slated for clearcut this year, Bolithio? What’s your salary again? You share NO common ground with true preservationists.

  15. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    “Over 2/3rds of the timberland in Humboldt is managed using selective methods now – a major shift in the past 20 years, no?”


  16. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    “Balance out your message, and you just may re-gain the respect you have lost locally through the years.”

    Whereas Gary presents us with full access to his identity, you provide none of the above and avoid conversation about your occupation. Yes, I am anonymous myself, but you are a shill with an inherant conflict of interest.

  17. April 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I guess Bolithio missed all of our work to support the Usal Redwood Forest project, a community forestry effort that has the potential to set a new standard for sustainable forestry on the North Coast. EPIC has always been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the most visionary forest management techniques that respect the landscape, and produce a high quality wood product (i.e. not short rotation sapwood). As a part of that we will continue to denounce fraudulent industry attempts at greenwashing destructive practices, like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification scheme, which both Simpson/Green Diamond (speaking of greenwash! that name change!) or Sierra Pacific Industries use to give a green spin to their unsustainable practices. SFI has got to go. Anyhow, Bolithio, before I sign off and dedicate this gorgeous afternoon to playing with my daughter, I do want to say that I bet we all have in common a love for this bioregion that we call home. Come on out April 14 to our Spring Gala and get a feel for the momentum EPIC is building as one of Northern California’s premier environmental watchdog organizations. The music is going to be awesome, the food excellent, and the whole gig will be an absolute blast! Defend wildlife, throw a party! Again, though, to close for the day: thanks to all the people out there who have stood with us, beside us, and behind us. We would be no where without the community that supports EPIC. THANK YOU!

  18. Bolithio
    April 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks Gary. Someday we’ll chat and see if we can find more common ground. Cheers!

  19. S
    April 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Gary, you are so full of it. I talked with enough EPIC people through the years and there was great hostility by EPIC members against homestead eco-damage for over a decade before they moved. But being cowardly hypocrites, EPIC never said anything in public, only behind homesteaders backs, how they really felt about homesteaders. Once EPIC got out of SoHum physically, they now again covertly trash SoHum homesteaders while taking their money at Beginnings and the Mateel Community Center events.

    And do I have to say it for the thousandths time? EPIC along with EF! and all the other ATTACK PL enviro groups are the ones responsible for SoHum’s tremendous homestead eco-damage by never really addressing homestead issues. Why? Because EPIC knew that they would be pariahs to homesteaders if homesteaders really knew where EPIC stood. Much easier to be sell-outs directing all environmental protection energy towards the deep pockets, big publicity corporations. Meanwhile, the homestead damage, unlike highly regulated timber management, continues on destroying endangered species habitat.

  20. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    S, who, specifically, within EPIC did you speak with? You are a liar.

  21. April 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    EPIC is hardly totally out of Southern Humboldt physically. Our 10th Annual Pisces Party event in March was the fundraiser that EPIC does every year for Richard Geinger, our friend, colleague, and mentor. If you don’t know that fact about EPIC fundraising at Beginnings you have no clue about who EPIC really is, or what we have done as a community and individuals to address restoration issues all across the landscape, inhabited or not.

  22. April 7, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Yeah, making money for Richard Geinger, under EPIC’s non-profit reward program fundraiser, muxt be nice. Does EPIC ever look at rivers in your own back yard and what you have not done to protect them? Or are the Instream Gravel Operators too big to fail?

    So could you please explain what a great benefit Instream Gravel Operators has on the watershed habitat in our community here in Southern Humboldt?

  23. April 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    WTF Eric is hiding behind the So Hum Comm Park website, but he won’t reveal his true identity in trolling to push EPIC to discuss important issues. But this question is on the mark. We at EPIC look at rivers (and forests and wetlands and etc) and talk about what we have not done to protect them all the time. We think all the time about work that we have not taken on. The organization has made choices over the years, and the issues EPIC has worked on have been important. Working on the environment is a perpetual triage. It is hard and many times not at all fun. Look at what it is like to get trolled. Yet EPIC keeps plugging away at it as members of our geographically large and politically diverse community. It is so much easier for the trolls to throw stones anonymously in the comments section of the blogs than to actually get out in front of the community with their own initiatives like the people involved with projects like the Community Park or EPIC. I hope WTF Eric really supports the park, I as an individual definitely support the So Hum Community Park. We are bummed to miss the kids Easter Egg party today.

    By the way, everyone who knows Richard Geinger and knows the profound nature of his tireless work knows that yes, making money for Richard IS important, as a matter of fact, folks who can’t come out on April 14 to the Arcata Comm Center and support EPIC could at any time make a specific donation to support Richard Geinger as forest advocate and restorationist extraordinaire. Everyone knows that raising money for Richard is a noble and important cause. We all owe him for the Sinkyone and so much more. Supporting innovative organizations that are authentic to your community will always be a noble act, regardless of the insults of the trolls. Thanks again to those who support EPIC.

  24. April 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Right, EPIC looks but they don’t touch Instream Gravel Operations in Southern Humboldt. And as you say, EPIC supports the Community Park in SoHum, this explains why EPIC looks the other way with Instream Gravel Extraction. You do know the Community Park lease’s 84 acres of the Parks property and river bar for Instream Gravel Extraction and processing, including a Cement/Concrete Ready Mix operation. So your answer is that Instream Gravel Extraction benefits the Community Park? So it must be good?

    It’s great to see the “Good ol’ boy” treatment is alive and well between non-profits in Southern Humboldt, between Beginnings, Mateel, Community Park and EPIC. “Don’t ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies”

    Have you read “The Rebirth of Environmentalism”

    In this book, Bevington contrasts national environmental organizations and their “insider” strategies with what Bevington calls “grassroots biodiversity groups” and their “outsider” strategies.

    EPIC needs to get back to its roots and stop looking the other way when it comes to your friends and the way of turning a buck from churning restoration only for preservation of a job and career, funded from public donations and state/federal tax dollars? All in the name of what, Richard Geinger and the salary of an Executive Director of EPIC?

  25. Anonymous
    April 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What does it mean when you say “I support the Sohum Community Park”? after all the years of Park Board strangeness. Does it mean you support the current plans from its board to rezone it for commercial amplified festivals, for camping, RV parking and housing? What’s ecologically cool about all-night RV generator noise and lighting, and traffic and housing out there? That’s what the Park board wants allowed in their rezone request from the County. That’s their “legacy” for a hundred years. Why would EPIC’s director support that future for the Park? So many others have offered more fitting visions for the Park and they are ignored by the self-selected board. Why isn’t protection of one-quarter of all of southern Humboldt’s best farmland and some of it’s finest bird habitat more important than loud parties which can easily be held on other more suitable local venue sites? The Park has the potential to be crucially valuable to future food security. Wildlife is flourishing there. Why can’t our children become familiar with a quiet, and even mystical place that is left intact? The reason the Park isn’t trashed yet is because the neighbors and hundreds in the local community disagree with the kind of development in it that will destroy its best qualities and the peace of the neighborhoods. If you support the Park, the special place it still is, in itself, that’s great. Please look carefully though at the Park Board’s agenda. It’s not first and foremost about loving and protecting an already beautiful place. Ask them why there are no conservation easements on the Park to protect it from conversion.

  26. Eileen Dover
    April 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I tried very hard to love EPIC when they were in my neighborhood, But had to quit them when they went to the H.C. B o S meeting to support the park board’s rezone scheme because they “trust them.”
    Guess EPIC didn’t do their environmental homework or they would know that the park board massively increased the instream gravel mining and shale extraction allowances and leased the entire park riverbed to their resource-extraction renters. And the park board had said they were going to protect riparian corridors and preserve wildlife habitat.That’s what they said in the beginning. Now they say,”wait til you see how big that hole’s gonna git!”.

  27. Eric Kirk
    April 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    WTF Eric is a community park detractor, one among two or three who are obsessed with their opposition to the park and attempt to hijack threads for their own very narrow agenda. As you can see, they are attempting it here.

  28. April 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Gary Graham Hughes posted about the Park, we just filled in the facts. And if we are Park “detractors”, what are the 600 people that signed petitions opposing the Park Boards GPA Rezone?

    So if we are all “detractors” what are you Eric? Seems you jumped in to hijack the thread and your “narrow agenda”.

    When is the last time the Park Board had a public meeting? Let me help answer that question, Aug 2010. Not bad for a 501c3. I guess they should just call it non-public instead of non-profit.

    Stick to your own blog Eric. You forgot to tell all the folks out there you are on the Park Board……….

  29. Eric Kirk
    April 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Gary clicked on your handle and saw that it leads to the park website, giving the false impression that you are affiliated with the park. So he responds to that and lo and behold, you’re just reacting to him.

    Sorry Ed, but you’ve established a pattern that’s very easy to recognize.

  30. April 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Wow Eric, are you a mind reader or is that what Gary told you when he called and asked “What the hell is going on”.

    Who is Ed and If I have “established a pattern that’s very easy to recognize” why are you doing damage control for the Park Board. It seems anyone that opposes the Park Boards development plans, “established a pattern that’s very easy to recognize”. Its hard not to reconized what we are opposing everything other open space and farming, Just like your comment, that if anyone speaks out, we are all “detractors”. I guess that’s how you feel about everything? e.g. Richardson Grove, Logging and occupy? If you speak out, its a bad thing? Who is calling whom names now Eric?

  31. Anonymous
    April 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    ” one among two or three who are obsessed with their opposition to the park ”

    I haven’t participated in this or other recent threads about the issue, but I am very supportive of the parks. However, a lot of their development plans coming from within their own ranks aren’t okay. The parks are and have always been peaceful preserves…undisturbed habitats for people to tread lightly and appreciate the way the natural world really is. I am all for the parks having more land, just that they stick to the mission.

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