How Humboldt’s environmentalists created, and protect, the Green Rush (part 3)

To conclude our look at how environmentalists have helped create and profit off of the Green Rush, let’s take a look at this article by Todd Woody of TakePart, titled “Going to pot“.

Woody’s article has some really cute quotes from Natalyn DeLapp, EPIC’s executive director, such as when she says:

It’s just been really sad, actually, really sad to see what’s happened to the environment and a lot of work people have put into restoration efforts, to see those things unravel because people continue to bulldoze hillsides for clearings to grow more cannabis.”

And THC agrees, it has been really sad. It’s just as sad for DeLapp to proclaim, in the same interview, how much EPIC is doing to combat the ill-effects of marijuana cultivation when we know that just isn’t true.

Here’s a quote from Woody’s article that we think should make environmental groups feel especially ashamed.

Ironically, the decline of the timber industry helped spur the rise of an environmentally destructive marijuana industry. As the sawmills closed, out-of-work loggers began growing pot, while Humboldt’s old logging families began to sell off their timberlands to outsiders who would subdivide the property and sell to other marijuana growers. “The old-timers are up against a rock and a hard place as they’ve got taxes to pay on their land but it’s not economically feasible for them to log it anymore,” Dillon says. “So they sell, and the only person sitting on the other side of the table is a pot grower with a lot of cash.“”

We very much encourage giving Woody’s article a full read. You can find our previous posts on the Green Rush here and here.

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10 Responses to How Humboldt’s environmentalists created, and protect, the Green Rush (part 3)

  1. So Hum Gal says:

    Nat, I’m really disappointed that you’re letting yourself be made to look so bad. The “new” EPIC sure ain’t what it used to be. The move to Arcata was a really bad idea and it shows.


    • Henchman Of Justice says:

      Well, it is not “that hard” to match “enviro wannabee quotes”to the hypocrisy.

      Notice, the ONLY questions that need answering by “insiders”………usuallygo unanswered, AND, if by holy grail an answer is provided, it usually avoids specificity to the question asked, a sorta deflection.

      It is really not too surprising that the local grassroots bullshitters have a HUGE Collective following of people whom vote democrat ortepublican.

      Like Jerry Brown – Naive liberals voted for the abomination who succeeds Obama Nation. IOW, Obama looks good compared to Brown.

      Jerry Brown cayers to elites and played liberals as the fools they are.

      If Trump is a liberal conservative, so too is Brown. Anything to protect the elites, knowing economic collapse uts elites back into the “dark ages”.

      Rape and pillage the wealthy is where society is headed because the elites took too much through “representative governance, the hoot it is.”

      The great part is more people are towing the line, creating political blogs as a result of gaining interest from “copy catting the few truly grass roots political hecklers, especially locally.”

      Muxh of Humboldt politics is a deception between businesses, enviros and large land owners. Nothing has changed in over 5 decades.

      Mark Lovelace, does he support EPIC and NEC, or is he just a bigger bullshitter than all of his 5′- 2″ homo erectus, sapian “whatever” frame?

      Ad hominid, ad nauseum, ad hominem…….Lovelace, the urbanite city slicker who bullshitted local envirosall the way to election on campaign promises to enforce envirobmental law, but alas, Lovelaces supporters were the dope growers too, a conundrum to go after the people that put Lovelace into office.


      • Henchman Of Justice says:

        Frickwn googles mewkeyboard sucks wads.

        Corrections : Fricken, new, space, etc…


        THC, is it possible to include a “review page” or “edit option” as smartphones self dictate?


  2. Cousin Eddie says:

    “At environmental groups like EPIC, veteran activists tell stories, perhaps apocryphal, of bags of cash and weed appearing on office doorsteps to fund their good works.”

    Interesting. Weird someone would send a fundraising letter out bashing big timber when they say the single biggest threat to the environment is weed. Seems like you’d mention that. Or maybe not if you get a bag of cash once in a while.


  3. Arcatan says:

    So Hum Gal, To be fair it’s not totally Natallyn’s fault. When EPIC sold out to the new wave of environmentalists who don’t fundamentally understand the organizations mission in the first place and have drifted the cause to an urban mindset it lost all sense of meaningful purpose.. Without back to the landers in ANY leadership roles EPIC is just another pseudo-enviro nonprofit looking for a hand out. They don’t actually do anything except search out funding sources that perpetuate their leaderships penchant for fancy coffee.


    • Woody says:

      That is totally well put and spot on. EPIC is in the past. Those who truly understand this land and it’s people need to step up and change the culture of the our local groups. Our environment needs protection but the Arcata mindset has been proven a total and complete failure.


      • Andy says:

        “Those who truly understand this land and it’s people need to step up and change the culture of the our local groups.”

        I await –with baited breath– those who will step up and engage in this hard work as opposed to just sitting back and bellyache. I don’t remember there being a limit on the number of citizens or non-profits who are allowed to operate in society. I thank Natalynne and the many other groups out there –who I may not agree with 100% on everything– for doing something. For trying.

        “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
        -Theodore Roosevelt


    • Henchman Of Justice says:


      The word for pseudo.


  4. So Hum Gal says:

    I agree, well said. I believe EPIC has no real leadership anymore. They are all self impressed followers.


  5. LMOB says:


    So, this is all because of the left wing hippie environmentalists? No complicity with the conservative 4-1 BOS majority?

    You’ve referenced how I call out hypocrisy from friends, it would be cool if the right wing began to do the same.

    Like Natalynne says, we live in this region together


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