Stop Caltrans' Highway Project Through Ancient Redwoods
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 the Humboldt County line, 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. On May 19, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration approved a project to widen and realign the portion of Highway 101 passing through Richardson Grove, and Caltrans released the final Environmental Impact Report for the project to move forward. Construction of the new road would cut through the vital root systems of ancient redwoods, threatening the integrity of the grove and further jeopardizing the imperiled species that rely on old-growth redwood forests for their survival.
Please, if you’re a California resident, take a moment now to urge California state legislators, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and Governor Schwarzenegger to pressure Caltrans to rescind the Richardson Grove Improvement Project. If you aren’t a California resident, please forward this to your contacts who live in California.