A Yurok elder who has been an advocate for dam removal on the Klamath River as well as the protection of old-growth forests in the Headwaters and Dillon Creek areas will receive a lifetime achievement award on Saturday.

Jene McCovey, whose activism began in her early 20s when she went to a public meeting in Klamath regarding herbicide spraying near Margaret Keating Elementary, Jack Norton and Weitchpec schools, will receive the 2018 Sempervirens Award from the Environmental Protection Information Center. McCovey will receive the award at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland, according to a press release from the EPIC.

McCovey has been involved in environmental issues on the North Coast for decades, according to the press release. She is currently the board president for Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, a board member for the Tri Valley Communities Against Radioactive Environment, an advisor to the Yurok Tribe’s social services and natural resources advisory committees and an advisor to Humboldt County In-Home Support Services.

According to the press release from EPIC, McCovey’s environmental activism began after being raised in Hoopa and having her family exposed to aerial spraying of chemical herbicides from the timber industry.

According to EPIC, McCovey has been in an out of the hospital and needs financial assistance to see a heart specialist in the Bay Area. A Go Fund Me account has been set up on her behalf at www.gofundme.com/4futkt-help-jene-get-to-a-heart-specialist.

Tickets for EPIC’s award ceremony are available at the door or can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit www.wildcalifornia.org.