Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Thanks Surfrider Humboldt

Thank you letter from Ben Morehead on behalf of Trinidad Coastal Land Trust for Surfriders sign installation at the camel rock trailhead, and contributions to the Trails Fund account.  Sounds like feedback from beach goers has been positive. We want to thank the Land Trust for their partnership in these efforts, and to everyone in the community who contributed! 

Dear Bill, Mark and Jen,

I wanted to share some recent feedback on the sign you designed, produced and installed at the camel rock trailhead. It looks beautiful and most people appreciate it; top quality, well placed and informative. Your/our surfrider chapter and members have been true stewards of this property and partners w/ our land trust since the land trust took ownership. Its a great example of a community beach park and we look forward to maintaining, managing and ‘developing’ it as we all see fit (ie, maybe a picnic bench up top under the alder; consolidating signage,…). We welcome ideas and proposals from your members and organization. Thanks again for motivating on the sign with patience as both our boards approved drafts. I was out of town when you all installed the sign so if you have a newspaper article write up could you send a scan my way. 

And we so very much appreciate your donations to our Humboldt Area Foundation Trails Fund account. It has allowed us to buy materials and do the trail and rock wall repairs last summer. I hope it will help motivate others to also donate to that account for future work.  And fyi the BLM will soon be replacing the vandalized sign.   

On behalf of our Trinidad Coastal Land Trust board of directors and community members,

thanks and we look forward to working with you on future projects.

Ben Morehead, board president

Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.

www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org

Bag Ban Update and New RAP Tab on blog!

Last Thursday, the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) voted unanimously to start the Initial Study to plan for the bag ban ordinance! Once that is complete, in 60-90 days, the Board will know which direction needs to be taken…a full EIR or a Negative Declaration. Many thanks to everyone that phoned in and left comments to the Board and attended the meeting!

Want more information about Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign? Check out our updated blog! We added a tab to our site dedicated to one of our most important and active campaigns. Find out more about plastic pollution, what you can do to reduce your plastic footprint, what’s going on with a Humboldt bag ban, check the links to our allies, and get involved.

To share our enthusiasm for RAP, we want you to (re)watch Tim Minchin’s call for action! Hysterical and poignant, all wrapped up in one epic song.

Bag Bag Update and New RAP Tab on blog!

Last Thursday, the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) voted unanimously to start the Initial Study to plan for the bag ban ordinance! Once that is complete, in 60-90 days, the Board will know which direction needs to be taken…a full EIR or a Negative Declaration. Many thanks to everyone that phoned in and left comments to the Board and attended the meeting!

Want more information about Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign? Check out our updated blog! We added a tab to our site dedicated to one of our most important and active campaigns. Find out more about plastic pollution, what you can do to reduce your plastic footprint, what’s going on with a Humboldt bag ban, check the links to our allies, and get involved.

To share our enthusiasm for RAP, we want you to (re)watch Tim Minchin’s call for action! Hysterical and poignant, all wrapped up in one epic song.

Arcata Plaza Butt-Litter Cleanup Thursday June 21.

Tobacco-Free Humboldt is hosting a butt-litter cleanup on the Arcata Plaza this week and needs all the volunteers they can get!  It will be on Thursday June 21 from 12:00-2:00.  

Did you know that the number one littered item in the nation are cigarette butts?!  And cigarette butts are mostly made of plastic.  When these toxic butts are flicked into the environment they often end up into our waterways….then the ocean.  Yikes!  So help out our friends at Tobacco-Free Humboldt pick up butts and other litter before it hits the Arcata plaza storm drains!

To volunteer and for more information contact Denise George at 441-5574

Bag Ban Action Alert!

Thursday, June 14th: Ban the Bag Humboldt!

The Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) Board will be discussing a single-use plastic bag ban ordinance at the June meeting. As you know, Humboldt Baykeeper and Surfrider Humboldt have been advocating for a countywide plastic bag ban for nearly two years and we need your help!

Join us at the meeting to provide public comments about why plastic bag pollution is a problem in our community. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka City Council Chambers at 531 K Street. The plastic bag ordinance is agenda item 7.

Some plastic bag talking points are below but we encourage you to share your unique perspective about why you think single-use plastic bags are bad for our community.

  • Plastic bags are usually used for less than 11 minutes, yet the plastic persists for hundreds of years in the environment.
  • Plastic bags are not necessary and we use reusable bags.
  • In California, 14 billion plastic bags are used every year, but only 3% are recycled.
  • Over 40 cities in California have passed bag bans with Ukiah, Fort Bragg and Mendocino County all passing bans in the last 2 months.
  • We want to maintain a forward thinking, environmentally progressive community in Humboldt County.

Please wear your Ban the Bag Humboldt T-shirt or bring your reusable bag that was made out of repurposed t-shirts with the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo!

If you do not have time to attend the meeting, please take 1 minute to call your HWMA representative and let them know you strongly support the bag ban and want to see this ordinance written and passed.  If Mendocino can do it, so can we!

Mark Lovelace, County of Humboldt Vice Chair

707-476-2393

mlovelace@co.humboldt.ca.us

Shane Brinton, City of Arcata

707-845-9372

sbrinton@cityofarcata.org

Sherman Shapiro, City of Blue Lake

707-668-5655

Lance Madsen, City of Eureka

707-441-4171

lmadsen@ci.eureka.ca.gov

John Maxwell, City of Ferndale, Chair

707-786-4224

Jack Thompson, City of Rio Dell

707-764-3532

jthompson@riodellcity.com

For more information and plastic bag facts, check out our blog at http://surfriderhumboldt.wordpress.com/rap/plastic-facts/

Last Weeks Ocean Night Was EPIC! Raffle Winners Stoked!

What a special evening!  Everyone was moved when Heather’s family was announced as raffle winner for Matt Beard’s artwork.  That moment was definitely  the highlight of the evening.  Surfrider is extremely thankful for the community support from last Thursday evening that turned Ocean Night into a packed house, and raised over $1500 dollars for Heather-Bonser Bishops family.  A huge thanks goes out to local shaper Marc McClendeon for donating one of his boards and another huge thanks goes right to Matt Beard for donating a beautiful piece of art for the raffle.  One more thank you goes to the crew of volunteers that helped to make the night happen!

Stoked!

Heather’s family.

Ocean Night! This Thursday! It’s a BIG DEAL!

Hello, ocean lovers!

Below is the info for June’s Ocean Night event, which is special for a number of reasons, specifically:

1. We’re celebrating the completion of the Marine Life Protection Act along California’s coast.
2. We’re showing Disney’s Oceans movie!
3. We’re raffling a surfboard and a painting (both locally crafted) to benefit the family of Heather Bonser-Bishop.

Yay!

So join Humboldt Baykeeper, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Surfrider in celebrating the adoption of California’s newest ocean parks at Ocean Night, Thursday, June 7 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The all-ages event includes a rare and beautiful look below the sea with Disney’s Oceans movie, plus Grey Whale Sessions, the story of four artists-surfers traveling through Baja.

In addition to the usual raffle, this Ocean Night features a surfboard shaped by Flying Fish’s Mark McClenden and an original Matt Beard painting, the proceeds of which will benefit the family of Heather Bonser-Bishop, a 39-year-old mother, nonprofit consultant and active community member in Trinidad, who drowned April 28 while paddle boarding with her husband and two daughters on the Chetco River.

Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance at the Neighborhood Board Shop, 685 11th St., Arcata, and Flying Fish Surfboards, 2006 Fourth St., Eureka, as well as during Ocean Night.

A donation of $3 is requested at the door. Films start at 7 p.m.

See you there!

 

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