We say Yes - Too

| August 25, 2011

Editor:

 The North Coast Journal should be commended ("EPIC Changes," Aug. 18) for including a diversity of voices in the well written story published last week about our organization, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC). I write to respond to a comment included in the story from a representative of Green Diamond Resource Co. (aka Simpson Timber Co.), who mis-characterized EPIC as being an environmental group that says, "no, period."

Though we vocally and articulately criticize the high intensity and short rotation liquidation forestry practices that Green Diamond implements on a majority of its holdings, the truth is that EPIC has long been a part of a broad community that has a very clear vision of the ecological forestry to which we can say "yes."  Our recent active support of the Usal Redwood Forest project is a concrete example of how EPIC is committed to the development of a dignified and ecologically sound timber industry on the North Coast.

EPIC works aggressively to expose bad practices on our region's forestlands, as well as acting collaboratively to support projects that respect people and the land they work on. We welcome inquiries about our current program initiatives, and invite people to come by our office at 145 G St. in Arcata for our next open house, planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept 15. This will be a great opportunity for folks to come by and learn more about our organization, and to explore how our "no" to destructive industrial forestry activities is punctuated by an exuberant "yes" to a community-based ecological forestry vision for our globally treasured redwood region landscape.

Gary Graham Hughes, Arcata

 

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EPIC is a parasitic law firm that says no to every project proposed. They exist to suck money from people trying to create businesses and jobs. Their MO is to file merit-less lawsuits which are cheaper for the respondents to settle than to fight. EPIC lawyers spend most of their time enjoying months-long whitewater adventures in Costa Rica. EPIC is one big reason Humboldt is a jobless backwater whose youth have three options: grow dope, start a meth lab, or move. F U EPIC.

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Posted by no longer a humboldter on 08/26/2011 at 10:17 PM

EPIC didn't ring our bay in toxic industries that cut and run or a timber industry that cuts and runs, in a nation that gutted Tariffs to reinvent child labor, pay zero taxes, and get the bigs bailed out for the trouble of building big profitable homes and cars few could afford. If there were a right-wing group fighting to clean up this mess and change direction, I would have joined it too.

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Posted by Unbelievable on 09/03/2011 at 12:42 AM
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