Governor Browns Signed the Great Redwood Trail Bill!

Tune in to hear Scott Greacen, FOER’s Conservation Director and Humboldt County’s 3rd District Supervisor Mike Wilson discuss SB 1029. Formerly known as the Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029 shifts the North Coast Railroad Authority’s mandate from developing rail infrastructure to developing trail from Willits north to Blue Lake and eventually preparing a shut-down … Read more

PG&E Moves To Auction Off Eel River Dams Amid Growing Seismic Safety Concerns

Geologic Map Gravelly Valley

Utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began seeking potential buyers today for two aging dams on the upper Eel River, even as new questions emerge about the vulnerability of the larger dam to seismic shocks. A conservation group working to remove the dams released a technical analysis today that identifies an active landslide above the … Read more

In Landmark Decision California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to Groundwater

“It feels like law has yet to absorb the lessons of science.” Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen is joined by Glen Spain from Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations for a discussion about one of the most consequential public trust decisions in California law in decades. The public trust doctrine stems from ancient roman … Read more

A New Day for Trails on the Northcoast – California Legislature Approves SB 1029

After more than 20 years of demanding accountability for and clean-up of the North Coast Railroad Authority’s (NCRA) failed rail line, Friends of the Eel River is thrilled to announce that a resolution to the saga is near. Sen. Mike McGuire’s Senate Bill 1029, previously titled “The Great Redwood Trail Act,” has passed the state … Read more

FOER Comments on Humboldt Wind Energy Project Notice of Preparation

Cliff Johnson, Senior Planner County of Humboldt Planning & Building Department 3015 H Street Eureka, CA 95501 RE: Humboldt Wind Energy Project NOP for DEIR Dear Mr. Johnson: Please accept these scoping comments on the Humboldt Wind Energy Project from Friends of the Eel River (FOER). While FOER is supportive of the development of clean, … Read more

Obscure joint powers authority makes play to buy the fish-killing Eel River dams

Mendocino County water interests are moving forward with an attempt to buy the Eel River dams. If they succeed, they will only plant the seeds of a conflict that will last until the Eel River’s fish are gone or the dams come down. Ever since PG&E announced its intent to unload the two aging dams … Read more

FOER Discusses Great Redwood Trail on Edgewise Radio

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   Edgewise Radio host Alicia Littletree Bales is joined by Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director for a discussion about The Great Redwood Trail Act (SB 1029). This proposed legislation could turn the zombie Northwest Pacific Rail into a vibrant hiking and biking trail along the Eel River corridor. Learn more … Read more

Huffman’s NW California Wilderness Bill is Special!

English Ridge, mainstem Eel River, included in the NW California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act

“Many of us have been fighting for these [wilderness protections] since the whole concept of wilderness was created in the first place.” Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director discusses Congressman Huffman’s recently introduced wilderness bill with Alison Sterling-Nichols and Larry Glass. Alison is an organizer and consultant with NW California Mountains and Rivers, Larry … Read more

FOER Discusses Cannabis Impacts on the Humboldt Chronicles

From the Humboldt Chronicle: In the July episode, we took a look at environmental issues as they pertain to cannabis cultivation — regulation, compliance, best practices. Our guests included Drew Barber of East Mill Creek Farms, Scott Greacen, Conservation Director at Friends Of The Eel River, Peggy Olofson and Trillian Schroeder, co-founders of Emerald Hills Environmental and Lauren Quackenbush, … Read more

FOER Discusses Humboldt County Lawsuit on Jefferson Exchange

“When we’re talking about the watershed impacts the impacts on fisheries and fish habitat and things that need our rivers and streams, the biggest overall by far is sediment production”   Friends of the Eel River’s Conservation Director Scott Greacen joins Jefferson Exchange’s Geoffrey Riley for a discussion of FOER’s lawsuit against Humboldt County over … Read more