Update from the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
As readers of these posts know, a Caltrans project related to the Richardson Grove highway project (on hold for the moment) through what we believe are Caltrans’ ultimate goals (an I-5 size highway up the coast) is starting up in Willits. On the start-up date for the Willits Bypass project through sensitive wetlands and significant oak woodlands, Earth First! and local activists turned out to oppose the project in a successful rally on the site. A tree-sit was launched, and as a result, Caltrans did not work all of last week, after the planned start up on Jan. 28.
Today, Feb. 4, Warbler, the 24-year old woman perched 55 ft. up in a tree marked for cutting in the project area began her second week. Warbler is a local resident who works on a local Willits valley farm. The tree-sit is about 2.5 miles south of Willits on Hwy. 101, and is joined by a daily presence of support people holding signs calling to “Stop the Caltrans Bypass” next to the highway. We got the report that Caltrans is not on site working today. When asked last Friday (2-1) about the start up date of Jan. 28, Caltrans project manager Mauricio Serano (707-502-7628) said that Caltrans was meeting at that very time and had not decided anything yet.
There has been local coverage on Humboldt’s KMUD radio, and
the Willits News – Willits bypass construction draws protest
Anderson Valley Advertiser – The Warbler & The Willits Bypass
Earth First! News – Treesit in California Against CalTrans Bypass
A website has been put up at http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/
Stay tuned! This timely protest is unfolding on a daily basis. You can email or call us if you’d like to go up and support people and stand in opposition to Caltrans’ boondoggle and destructive project. We will provide directions and phone numbers.
Stop Caltrans–An Agency Out of Control!
One Demand for the Old Growth Redwoods of Richardson Grove: Cancel the Caltrans Plan!
Over $210 Million for a Highway Through Wetlands? Stop the Caltrans Willits Bypass!
- Pre-Dawn Arrests at Spectacular Mono-pod Blockade at Logging Gate at Rainbow Ridge, Mattole
- Earth First! Journal Roadshow in Berkeley June 9
- Judi Bari Day: May 24
- Environmental Issues Prevail in Richardson Grove Redwoods vs. Caltrans in Federal Case
- BACH in Earth Island Journal, plus this Sunday: Music Benefit for Climate Justice & Direct Action
- Bay Area issues
- Climate and forests
- fact sheets
- Green Diamond
- Headwaters Forest
- Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC)
- Judi Bari
- Mattole Forests
- Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC)
- Other North Coast Forests
- Pacific Lumber
- Pacific Lumber Bankruptcy
- Richardson Grove
- Save the Oaks Campaign
- Smith River/Hwy 199 expansion
- Willits Caltrans Bypass