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Monday, June 21, 2010

Suit says Highway 101 plan threatens redwoods

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A coalition of environmental groups and individuals filed a lawsuit this week in San Francisco challenging a plan by the California Department of Transportation to widen a highway through an ancient redwood grove.

The widening of Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County would pave over and sever the roots of 87 old-growth redwood trees, according to the suit filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court.

"We've got arborists and foresters who will say the paving over and cutting of the roots will put the ancient redwoods at risk," said Peter Galvin, the conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "This is a very delicate ecosystem. Though the ancient redwoods won't be cut down, they will be killed as a result of this project."

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