Jene McCovey speaking at a rally for the Mattole forests at HRC headquarters in Scotia in 2018. photo by Karen Pickett

August 11, 1951—February 8, 2021 Yurok elder Jene McCovey (August 11, 1951—February 8, 2021) will be greatly missed on the North Coast as a dedicated and inspiring environmental leader. In 2014, Jene was presented with the Circle of Courage award by the Women’s Intercultural Network, and in 2018 she was chosen for the Sempervirens Lifetime…

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“Undam the Klamath Now!” banner held across the Orleans Bridge in Humboldt County during the Day of Action. Photo by Klamath Justice Coalition

Fishermen and Environmental Activists Join Tribes in Asking Warren Buffett to Take Down Klamath River Dams This article was originally published as the cover story for News from Native California, Volume 34, Issue 2 (Winter 2020-2021). On October 23, tens of thousands of people joined members of the Karuk, Yurok, Klamath, and Hoopa Valley Tribes…

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The Generational Push that Brought Berkshire Hathaway to the Table and Put Dam Removal Back on Track This story was originally published in the North Coast Journal on March 4, 2021 with support from the Community Voices Coalition, a project funded by Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation to support local journalism in…

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fire buring low to the ground in a conifer forest

Fire Management in Northern California and Oregon By Will Harling,MidKlamath Watershed Council “Indian know, and bye-un-bye White Man say he know too, but Indian say, WHITE MAN YOU KNOW TOO LATE.”—Klamath River Jack, May 27, 1916, in correspondence with U.S. Forest Service Ranger Jim Casey Sometimes it feels too late. Like the boulder has rolled…

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This story originally appeared on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network blog, at fireadaptednetwork.org To have stories like this one on Fire Adaption delivered to your inbox weekly, visit bit.ly/FACNetSubscribe. By Lenya Quinn-Davidson I grew up in the heart of Bigfoot Country. Trinity County, California: a place where stories of Bigfoot encounters are common, even…

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Mattole Restoration Council's Fuels and Fire crew making firewood for the elderly from downed eucalyptus limbs.

By Ali Freedlund, Mattole Restoration Council Picture this: A lovely country lane where multiple residents rumble from their driveways en route to the post office or store. On their way they pass a wall of thick, impenetrable brush and a hillside dense with fuels, until they carefully cross a narrow, one-lane bridge. They just catch…

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A prescribed burn in action—this is the site of the burn that SFI visited on our hike. The burn was completed with the help of Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association, Briceland, Telegraph Ridge, Honeydew and Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Depts., CalFire, Prometheus Fire Consulting, UCCE, NCAQMD, and many others. photo by Matt Cocking

By Anna Rogers, Sanctuary Forest This year we experienced what it’s like to live in the shadow of a gigafire—a fire that burns over a million acres. What began as many small lightning-sparked wildfires rapidly grew into the massive August Complex fire—now the largest fire in modern California history. And it was right in our…

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