Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler is the Program Director and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Protection Information Center. Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. When he’s not nerding out over the Endangered Species Act (his all-time favorite law), Tom is probably plunking the banjo, playing ping-pong with his wife, Jenna, or petting his cats, Fatty and Trim. Tom can be reached at tom@wildcalifornia.org.

On the October 4th Thursday Night Talk, the question was raised, is Humboldt undergoing a, "housing crisis?" And if so, what can be done about it? Rob Holmlund, Director of Development Services at the City of Eureka, and David Loya, Director of Community Development for Arcata, joined host Tom Wheeler to talk about how Humboldt can build more housing. 

 

In late August of 2018, protestors briefly halted work at the Humboldt Redwood Company's mill in Scotia. Tom Wheeler hosted Thursday Night Talk on Sept. 06 to examine whether this is a new skirmish in the Timber War and whether there was ever a Timber War to begin with. Wheeler's guests include Greg King, Executive Director of the Siskiyou Land Conservancy, Darren Speece, historian and author of Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics, and Rob DiPerna of the Enivornmental Protection and Information Center (EPIC.)


Colin Fiske

What does it mean to design a public space for people over cars? Colin Fiske of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities discusses the key principles of transportation planning and how the Arcata Plaza could be redesigned to encourage safe and fun use.

For more on this subject and to read the Coalition's proposal for the plaza, visit transportationpriorities.org


Darren Speece, author of "Defending Giants," talks about his new book on the Redwood Wars with the director of EPIC, Environmental Protection Information Center.

Looking at the Redwood Wars, Speece offers lessons for the current environmental movement.


Larry Glass
Bob Doran

Supporters of an east/west railway line are trying again to gain traction for their ideas. The project, however, would involve serious ecological and social costs. Larry Glass (Executive Director of the NEC, and SAFE representative) and Tom Wheeler (Executive Director of EPIC) discuss these issues and the proposed feasibility study for an east/west railroad connecting Tehama and Humboldt. The Trinity County Transportation Commission recently rejected a grant from CalTrans to study the proposed rail line.