|Silence in the redwoods is a beautiful thing.
Since all permits were pulled after a well-fought 2014 court victory challenging Caltrans, the jackhammer shovels were called off excavation duty around feeder roots of the redwood giants in Richardson Grove State Park.
However, Caltrans’ “Come hell or high water” attitude regarding its plans to accommodate oversized trucks on our coastal highway, and refusal to budge in the face of broad public opposition, clear threats to California’s sensitive habitats and species, federal court defeats and lack of demonstrated need calls for our vigilance. We now have evidenced reason to believe that Caltrans is soon to release new documents to restart the project with a goal of making Hwy. 101 more accessible to interstate-sized trucks.
Once Caltrans’ planning documents are released, there should be a full-on public comment process, but Caltrans may try to circumvent that.
Richardson Grove State Park, protected since 1922, is habitat for threatened or endangered species like the marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, salmon and steelhead trout.
Please be on the lookout for our alerts and be ready to act. In the meantime, you can contact those in State Government who could help stop the project for good.
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