EPIC seeks support for clear cutting ban


ARCATA – A local environmental group will ask Humboldt County voters to ban clear cutting at the ballot box.
Clear cutting involves the removal of an entire grove of trees in the same harvest.
Environmental Protection Information Center or EPIC calls these techniques antiquated and harmful to wildlife habitat and watersheds.
The non-profit hopes to gather 4,000 signatures to place a clear cutting ban on the ballot next November.
EPIC Executive Director Tom Wheeler says that Humboldt should join counties like Marin that prohibit such practices.
Wheeler said, “Our President and our Congress are trying to strip our environmental laws. And so one of the things that we need to do as Californians is we need to make this state as green and gold as possible. We need to make our environmental laws as strong as necessary so that we can protect our wildlife, so that we can protect clean water, so we can protect human lives.”