WHAT: TREE SPIKER Book Release and FUNDRAISER for the fight against mountaintop removal
WHEN: Friday Nov. 20, 2009 from 5pm-9pm
WHERE: 111 Minna; San Francisco
$10-20, sliding scale (no one turned away for a lack of funds)

Evening will include an auction, music, book readings and cash bar.

Here is a great opportunity to stop mountaintop removal mining, support important American literature, and party with Mike Roselle, co-founder of Earth First!, Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society, now working in West Virginia against mountain-top removal coal mining. Join us on November 20th for the party of the season in honor of Roselle’s book ‘Tree Spiker, from Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action’. sponsored by the Rainforest Action Network and Mike’s friends.

*********Stop a Highway Project Through the Ancient Redwoods**************

Sign the Center for Biological Diversity’s Petiton to save Richardson Grove!

Ask any visitor to California’s North Coast who has driven the Redwood Highway north from San Francisco, and they’ll be able to tell you exactly where they passed through the fabled “Redwood Curtain.” At Richardson Grove State Park, just north of Humboldt County, Highway 101 narrows to a two-lane road winding through a dim, lush grove of ancient redwoods. These huge trees provide crucial habitat for endangered birds like the marbled murrelet; threatened salmon and steelhead still return each year to spawn in the creeks running through the park.

This iconic gateway to the redwoods is now gravely threatened by an ill-advised and unnecessary highway project. Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration are on the brink of approving a proposal to widen and realign the portion of Highway 101 passing through Richardson Grove. Construction of the new road would cut through the vital root systems of the ancient redwoods, threatening the integrity of the grove and further jeopardizing the imperiled species that rely on old-growth redwood forests for their survival.

The point of the project is to make it possible for larger trucks to access this portion of Highway 101. Powerful business interests itching to bring big-box stores and runaway urban development to Humboldt County desperately want those larger trucks on the highway. This just adds insult to injury: The project will not only blow an even bigger hole through Richardson Grove, but could also spur new development that will forever alter the character of the North Coast.

Behind the future Redwood Curtain, travelers might find just one more big subdivision and one more big-box strip mall.

Please take a moment to tell Caltrans and the highway administration not to approve the Richardson Grove Improvement Project. Thus far, these agencies have ignored the project’s threats to endangered wildlife and ancient redwoods, failed to look at other alternatives, and downplayed the growth-inducing effects of opening Highway 101 to oversized-truck traffic. This cathedral grove is far too important to both vanishing forest species and human visitors to be sacrificed for the short-term gains of a few powerful commercial interests in Humboldt County.
Visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1629 to take action now.
For more information see the Save Richardson Grove site: http://saverichardsongrove.org/

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