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Friends of the Eel River
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No Coal In Humboldt
California Wildlands and Smart Growth Rapid Response Fund, 2022
Environmental Justice ; Environmental Health and Toxics ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation ; Climate Change and Energy ; Water Resources / Watershed Protection
North Coast
Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity, Sonoma, Marin
Project Description:

To coordinate with agencies including the North Coast Railroad Authority, regional city and county municipalities, and the Coastal Commission, and gather evidence to oppose the approval of a coal train right-of-way along the Eel River and the potential development of a coal terminal port in Humboldt Bay. The grand vision of the Great Redwood Trail, the longest rail-trail in the nation, through the rugged Eel River Canyon, is under threat. Coal interests in the Powder River Basin and the Mendocino Railroad have indicated their interest in purchasing the line to transport bulk coal to the coast. A coal train through the Eel River Canyon poses a direct threat to water and air quality along the Wild and Scenic river, endangering sensitive species including steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon. A broad coalition, No Coal In Humboldt, has formed to prevent the coal train development through the sensitive Eel River Canyon.