Governor Brown 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

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 Discusses Great Redwood Trail on Edgewise Radio

Support the Great Redwood Trail

   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

Defending, Restoring, and Enjoying the Eel River

Eel River Estuary

Keep those Great Redwood Trail Act calls to Brown’s office coming! As previously reported, Senator Mike McGuire’s Great Redwood Trail Act (SB 1029) will dissolve the NCRA and prioritize non-motorized trail development along the old rail right of way with the creation of the Great Redwood Trail Authority. (More details here). SB 1029 sailed through … Read more

Action Alert: Ask Governor Jerry Brown to Support The Great Redwood Trail Act

Tell Gov. Brown the North Coast Needs the Great Redwood Trail For decades now, the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has failed both to restore rail service the North Coast evidently doesn’t need and to protect the Eel River and its fisheries from the impacts of the failed rail line through the fragile Eel River … Read more

Inspiration and Hope Amidst Troubling Times

With such grim news coming from the national and international political and climate fronts these days, it can be difficult to appreciate the progress we are making. Here at Friends of the Eel River, we’re heartbroken and outraged by the atrocities currently being committed in America’s name, but we’re also damn proud of the work … Read more

Support for Great Redwood Trail Act, SB 1029

  May 10th, 2018 California Senators and Assembly Members State Capitol Sacramento, California Re: SB 1029 Great Redwood Trail Act — Support Dear California Legislators: As representatives of the California conservation and sustainable recreation communities, we offer our wholehearted support for Sen. Mike McGuire’s Great Redwood Trail Act (SB 1029). It is profoundly important that … Read more

Friends of the Eel River Cautiously Optimistic about Great Redwood Trail Act

This March, California State Senator Mike McGuire introduced the Great Redwood Trail Act (SB 1029) to simultaneously resolve the festering debacle of the North Coast Railroad Authority and advance a vision for a world class trail network for the Eel River Canyon and the North Coast. It is profoundly important that the California Legislature is … Read more

Dam Safety and Railroad Bills Move Forward in Sacramento

Stephanie Tidwell, Friends of the Eel River Executive Director, and Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director, discuss new and proposed state legislation and how it may effect the Eel River.  California legislators passed SB 92 and AB 1270, both of which provide greater oversight of California dams. AB 1270 requires annual inspections of high … Read more

The NCRA’s ‘Plan’: A Grifter’s Pitch for Suckers

Friends of the Eel River has been confronting the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) for many years over the agency’s plans to rebuild the failed rail line1 from Humboldt Bay to the San Francisco Bay area through the spectacular but unstable and vulnerable Eel River Canyon2. At the heart of this dispute is the Environmental … Read more