A Review of Coastal Cleanup Day and Congressman Huffman's Public Lands Draft Legislation

Sep 20, 2017

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Coastal Cleanup Day has been a major volunteer event in Humboldt County for 38 years. It is the largest volunteer event in support of the marine environment worldwide and occurred this past Saturday.

Madison Peters, Coastal Programs Coordinator for the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC), and Delia Bense-Kang, MPA Outreach Coordinator for the NEC, weigh in on this year’s cleanup and what it means for Humboldt County. Afterwards, Executive Director of the NEC Larry Glass provides his input on Congressman Huffman’s recently released public lands draft legislation.

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In 2016, 700 volunteers came out in Humboldt County and 51,895 volunteers statewide for Coastal Cleanup Day. In total, California picked up approximately 514,844 pounds of trash. This cleanup was started by the NEC in 1979, and is now a worldwide event.

To read more about Coastal Cleanup Day, visit the NEC's website HERE.

Jared Huffman released his draft public lands legislation on August 3, 2017. The draft is a result of input from many groups including the Northcoast Environmental Center, CalWild, and the Mountains and Rivers Coalition. Huffman had four public meetings in August to receive feedback for the bill, and is now taking public comment. The draft covers restoration, wilderness, conservation, and forest, fire, and trail management.

To comment on Congressman Huffman's draft legislation, email your thoughts to ca02publiclands@gmail.com

For more info, visit:

Confressman Huffman's website  or Northwest California Mountains and Rivers Coalition