JULY 2017 UPDATE: ANCIENT REDWOODS ARE THREATENED AGAIN. Local environmental groups dedicated to protecting this ancient forest — already designated a CA State Park — have learned the highway-building bureaucracy, Caltrans, plans to again assault these giant thousand-year(s) old trees. A new plan, same as the old plan: to cut into the roots of protected, 1,000-year-old, old-growth redwood trees.
Why? To widen a section of Hwy 101 — pictured at left — so more and bigger and trucks can drive through at higher speeds.
Increasingly, what we love and value we must act to protect. Another attempt to widen this road for big rig trucks is: A) not necessary, and: B) not economically defensible because (eco)tourism is booming, and the wisest, most sustainable industry for Humboldt County, not 1950′s era road-building. We the people know better. We just have to tell our fellow citizens — and our elected officials. Where we the people lead, our leaders must follow.
DEC. 2014 VICTORY: REDWOODS PROTECTED! Environmentalists and ancient forest defenders won another, more lasting, stay of execution for these magnificent 1,000-2,500-year-old redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County, CA.
You’d think 2,000-year-old redwoods in a California State Park would already be well protected from saws and development…but you’d be mistaken.
We citizens may be called to action repeatedly, to protect what’s alive and precious in our wild places, and in our own lives. Preserving these ancient creatures is an imperative both because they deserve to live, and because future human generations benefit immeasurably from knowing them.
READ MORE about how and why a community of citizens, environmental activists, nature-lovers, and treehuggers worked for years to win protection — for now — for these now rare, living wonders:
In 2011, the courageous redwoods defenders in this photograph chose to ignore CA State Park rules prohibiting nudity — but allowing Caltrans (The California Dept. of Transportation) to chainsaw the roots of dozens of ancient redwoods of Richardson Grove State Park. These daring treehuggers drew public and media attention to this proposed project that would damage redwoods 1,000-2,500 years old. Already, we humans have cut down over 95% of American’s old-growth (over 200-years-old) redwoods.
Caltrans continually lobbies for multi-million-dollar 1950s-style highway-building, as if we don’t know better in the 21st century, as if this were the only way to generate jobs — rather than less destructive, less wasteful, less expensive eco-tourism, to name just one obvious, far wiser alternative. Caltrans would open this section of Hwy 101 (pictured here) to more and larger trucks — blithely ignoring its designation as a protected state park.
JAN 30, 2014: A study OF Caltrans itself reveals it needs revamping from existing old model of highway-building — before present-day sprawl, global warming and environmental degradation: READ CBS NEW ARTICLE
A community of thousands of caring citizens were successful! As of Oct 2013, the court ordered Caltrans back to the drawing board and chainsaws were halted — for now. Now, October 2013, Caltrans is back at it with another tree-killing, environmentally harmful plan, including cutting into the roots of old-growth redwoods to widen the highway — common sense and appreciation for ancient, irreplaceable trees be damned. Concerned citizens can learn more — and help.
It’s up to us American citizens to protect our precious ancient trees from short-sighted harm. If we get involved, we the people have the power to preserve them for the wonder and enrichment of present and future generations. And because the trees themselves deserve to continue living. Over 95% of American’s old-growth redwoods (redwoods over 200 years old) have been cut down. Learn more, get involved: Environmental Protection Information Center
ABC-TV news coverage of TreeSpirit in their story at Richardson Grove State Park. Its 1,000-year-old redwood trees are threatened by a proposed highway widening project, Humboldt County, CA. Producer Jennifer Olney. September, 2011
READ Richardson Grove updates.