Caltrans Sued Over Highway Project Through Redwood Forest

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Environmental activists are suing Caltrans over plans to expand and reroute a highway that passes through Richardson Grove State Park, the Humboldt County preserve that boasts some of California's oldest and tallest coast redwoods.

The suit was filed yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), and a handful of North Coast residents. It alleges that the state transportation agency did not perform adequate environmental review of plans to widen Highway 101 through the state park, violating the California Environmental Quality Act.

"Caltrans wants to cut through and pave over the life-giving roots of ancient redwoods in one of California's most-loved state parks, yet expects us to believe there won't be any damage," Peter Galvin, conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. "Caltrans' failure to follow the law puts these old-growth trees and the endangered species dependent on them at unacceptable risk."

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