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Willits ByPass Basics

Caltrans is proposing to spend $200 million to bulldoze a six-mile, four-lane freeway the size of Interstate 5 around the community of Willits, in Mendocino County, California. The project would cause unnecessary environmental damage to increasingly rare wetlands, salmon-bearing streams … Continue reading

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State Ruling in the Richardson Grove Case

June 28, 2012–The Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt has “NOT found a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at this time, nor is the petitioners’ request for injunctive relief ready for determination.” (Click here to read … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Challenges Caltrans’ Four-lane Willits Bypass Freeway That Would Destroy Wetlands, Salmon, Rare Plants

May 1, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging the approvals and environmental review for the … Continue reading

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Resounding win in Richardson case

Dear Editor, On April 4, Judge William Alsup unambiguously rebuked Caltrans for failing to take a hard look at the environmental impacts of its proposed project through Richardson Grove. He found that Caltrans’ analysis was “based off of false data,” … Continue reading

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Caltrans is merely a tool of policymakers

The federal judge’s ruling in the Richardson Grove case is a game-changer. It is therefore unfortunate that the Redwood Times (4/10) and Times-Standard has joined Caltrans and the county to obscure the real consequences of, and development agendas associated with, … Continue reading

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A trucker’s perspective on widening Hwy 101

This is regarding the Caltrans Hwy 199 / 197 / 101 STAA Truck Access DEIR. I am an experienced long haul (Truck Load) truck driver with a current Class A TX license. I have delivered freight using Hwy 199 and … Continue reading

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Tall Order: from the North Coast Journal

Tall Order By Ryan Burns Plaintiffs called it “a resounding victory.” Defendants called it “a big win.” Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ordered Caltrans to revise its environmental assessment for a project that would widen Highway … Continue reading

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Win for Richardson Grove!

Controversial Highway Project Would Irreparably Damage Ancient Redwoods SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge today ordered Caltrans to redo critical aspects of its environmental analysis for a controversial project that would widen and realign Highway 101 through the ancient redwoods of … Continue reading

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Richardson Grove Legal Proceedings Continue Apace

The legal challenge to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) approval of their highway development project in Richardson Grove State Park will continue to evolve over the next several weeks. The state case hearings originally scheduled for March 14 in … Continue reading

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URGENT-Hearing Canceled March 14

The Richardson Grove State Hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday March 14, 2012 at the Humboldt County Court House, has been canceled/postponed. We will notify you of updates as we find out more.

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