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DON’T Let Long Big Rig Trucks onto the Scenic California Redwood Highway!

DON’T Let Long Big Rig Trucks onto the Scenic California Redwood Highway! A petition from wild Smith River canyon resident Wendy Bertrand is circulating among international tourists and regional visitors who come every year to enjoy the pristine Smith River … Continue reading

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Caltrans District 1: Wake up and smell the 21st Century

It is time for a change. Now is time to rein in Caltrans. Last year, an independent report—the SSTI Assessment and Recommendations, authored by the State Smart Transportation Initiative—was released. Commissioned at the behest of Governor Brown, the report found … Continue reading

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Save Richardson Grove: Think Globally, Act Locally

If everyone cared for their own wild back yard, the world would be a better place. Northwest California is known for having some of the wildest lands, including the Lost Coast and the tallest trees on the planet, which have … Continue reading

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Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in California’s Richardson Grove State Park

After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a … Continue reading

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Third Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park

SAN FRANCISCO— Following two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation groups and local residents filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging Caltrans’ renewed approval of a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient and irreplaceable redwood … Continue reading

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Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte 199/197 Highway Project on Endangered Salmon

In response to a lawsuit by EPIC and other conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the Wild and Scenic Smith River. A … Continue reading

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Caltrans must evolve with state’s transportation needs

Published 3:15 pm, Sunday, February 2, 2014 by the SF Gate The California Department of Transportation got a major wake-up call this week from an external review of the department’s policies and procedures. The report, which was written by the State Smart … Continue reading

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Victory for Richardson Grove

A Victory for Richardson Grove – Appeals Court Rules Caltrans Failed to Consider Highway Project’s Impacts on Old-Growth Redwoods The California Court of Appeal today ordered Caltrans to reevaluate the environmental impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Humboldt County … Continue reading

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Federal Court Allows Destructive Willits Bypass Project to Move Forward

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge ruled today that the California Department of Transportation’s environmental review and permits for the Willits Bypass were adequate and the agency can continue construction of a four-lane freeway around the community of Willits in Mendocino … Continue reading

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Richardson Grove Update-Over 9,000 Took Action-Thank You!

We did it. In only eleven days more than 9,000 people from California, out of the state and even out of the country, spoke up in defense of ancient redwoods of Richardson Grove State Park. This response from the community … Continue reading

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