Richardson Grove Highway Widening Through State Park Redwoods
Keywords: Redway, Piercy, Richardson Grove State Park
Save Richardson Grove State Park Redwoods from pavement.
Trees that are world treasures by any measure cannot be placed at risk for the sake of big trucks. At a base level, this is why a proposed Caltrans widening of Hwy 101 through one of the few groves left is a mistake.
This project cannot afford to harm ancient redwoods for the sake of commerce. Redwoods have very shallow root system that could be damaged in the construction of the road.
Since fewer than 2% of ancient redwoods are left after two centuries of logging, further impacts to the world's most amazing trees is simply unacceptable.
One fact explains it all:
Members of the Board of Supervisors agree with Caltrans officials that the project would benefit the North Coast economy.
Isn't that the reason vast numbers of immense trees were cut down in the first place? Almost every single instance of the consumption of natural resources across the world is excused as necessary for the "local economy".
The project was tied up in the courts, but Caltrans continues to push forward rather than recognizing the fragility of the redwoods and the great passion of those local residents who are very much against the project and have supported the lawsuits, morally and financially.
We have enough roads, we do not have anywhere near the number of ancient redwood groves that were in existence before logging decimated 98% of them.
Redwood trees are the wondrous giants of the plant kingdom, equivalent to whales of the oceans.
Therefore, the Richardson Grove Hwy 101 widening project should be called off.
Local groups around Humbolt County are forming new initiatives to stop this and other projects through ancient redwood groves, and Nature Commission will keep you updated on their progress as well as what you can do to help.