EPIC Honors Jene McCovey with Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a press release from the Environmental Protection Information Center:

BRICELAND, Calif.—The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is honored to present the 2018 Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award to Jene McCovey, on Saturday, November 10th at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland, CA  for a lifetime of environmental activism.

Jene McCovey is a respected Yurok Elder who has been involved in North Coast environmental issues for decades. Currently, Jene is the Board President of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, a Board Member of Tri Valley Communities Against Radioactive Environment, advisor to the Yurok Tribe’s Social Services and Natural Resource Advisory Committee, and advisor to the Humboldt County In-Home Support Services. She has worked to un-dam the Klamath River, fought to protect old-growth forests in Headwaters and Dillon Creek, opposed offshore oil drilling, and regularly speaks at hearings and rallies. Her passion to be involved with environmental and social justice issues stems from her experience of being raised in Hoopa and having her family exposed to toxic aerial spraying of chemical herbicides from the timber industry.

Jene’s activism began in her early twenties, when her daughter was of school age. She went to a public meeting in Klamath regarding the toxic effects of herbicide spraying near Margaret Keating Elementary, Jack Norton, and the Weitchpec Schools. These three schools were sprayed multiple times by herbicides used as defoliants by the timber companies.

No one is more deserving of the Sempervirens Award than Jene McCovey. Whenever there is an issue of concern, Jene is right there in the forefront, supporting, speaking, and representing people, places and wildlife in an effort to make our community, and the world a better place.

Over the past few weeks Jene has been in and out of the hospital and is in need of financial support to see a specialist in the Bay Area. Contributions can be sent via a gofundme account that has been set up on behalf of Jene: https://www.gofundme.com/4futkt-help-jene-get-to-a-heart-specialist. You can also show your support at the EPIC Fall Celebration where Jene will be honored during the Sempervirens Award Ceremony.

EPIC was founded in 1977 when local residents came together to successfully end aerial applications of herbicides by industrial logging companies in Humboldt County. EPIC will honor Jene McCovey and celebrate 41 years of environmental activism on Saturday, November 10th with live music by folk trio No Pardon, who will play some toe-tappin’ fiddle tunes and Sue’s Organics who will be preparing an organic, locally sourced feast. Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased in advance at Redway Liquor, Wildberries Marketplace or online at brownpapertickets.com. Doors open at 6pm, Dinner at 7, Award Ceremony at 8 and Music at 9. For more information visit www.wildcalifornia.org.

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