Senator Mike McGuire Toured Richardson Grove With Caltrans Today

RGrove2Press release and photos provided by Caltrans

Caltrans hosted a project tour of the Richardson Grove Operational Improvement Project for Senator Mike McGuire.

Caltrans answered questions from the senator, and escorted him through the project to provide him a boots-on-the-ground perspective of the proposed operational improvement project.

The project would allow highway access to the North Coast for industry-standard STAA trucks, thereby improving Humboldt County’s economy. Officials from the California Highway Patrol and California State Parks were on-hand as well.

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6 comments

  • Did he also get a guided tour from the environmentalists?

  • Hi, I’m Mark Maguire.
    It should be and will be illegal for you guys to live in the mountains, cause you’re killing the environment and stuff.
    You need to move to a metropolitan where we can sell and tax resources to you more efficiently, I mean, where you can’t destroy the environment and threaten the future of bunnies and stuff.
    Thanks.
    P.s.
    Vote for Mark.

  • I thought the tourists were a good part of the economy?

  • Meaghan Simpson

    My first thought also, this senator really needs to get a walk and talk around here on the ground with our fine alternatives to Cal TRANS scams, so let him hear our demands for full presentations of our legal/environmental evidence!

    I believe when JARED HUFFMAN came last year and met with CALTRANS over the WILLITS By-PASS fiasco… That he came out supportive of Cal TRANS and I do not know about his support of the Richardson Grove? I firmly support EPIC solid articulate due diligence to stop all these widening projects and ban the CALTRANS
    Eureka to Arcata 101 project to destroy cut offs and eliminate cross traffic turns…
    So everyone would have to reroute and sometimes quadruple or more miles to destinations. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE ENFORCED THE 50 MPH digital SPEED LIMITS
    EVER SINCE IT WAS INSTALLED. MANY A TRIP WE HAVE NOTICED IF A CAR IS SPEEDING, WE JUST MOVE OVER IN THAT LANE AND REMAIN LEGAL SPEED ALONGSIDE CAR GOING LEGAL SPEED IN THE OTHER LANE. WE MAKE A SPEED BLOCK. There have been very few accidents since… And none as severe as those prior
    To the SAFETY CORRIDOR 50 MPH LIMIT.

    I HOPE WE STOP ALL THESE PROJECTS INCLUDING THE HWY 299…

  • The opposition to the Richardson Grove project is not really about the trees. There are hundreds of old growth trees, some inches from the pavement, that are doing fine along the Avenue of the Giants. I can assure you very little attention was paid to their roots when old 101 was paved. If the dire result of the realignment predicted by some “environmentalists” were accurate we’d be calling it the Avenue of the Stumps.

  • When I lived down in Mendo World in my little blissful cabin by a pond in a gorgeous stand of “virgin secondgrowth”, the landlord decided to cut two huge trees that had grown up from a grampa stump because they were wrecking the foundation on an old garage. The roof of it was so wrecked it didn’t even keep out the rain anymore. It was full of decades’ worth of crap that needed to be hauled away, but could easily have been moved to the barn in any case.

    I don’t even know if his logic was sound — if cutting the trees would stop the roots from growing — and neither did he — but I know for dirt certain that the damn thing was long since reduced to a mere shed, didn’t need to be built where it was in the FIRST place, and it CERTAINLY could’ve been moved, but no. How dare those uppity trees flourish too near where we humans want to pile our crap!

    So. Fine. FINE. It was his damn grampa who made that grampa stump before either of us were born, for NO discernible rational reason — all kinds of room away from the trees. Yeah, yeah, he owned it, so he could cut it down, yadda, yadda… but, if we humans were evolving as much as we think we are, you’d think his grandson would have more respect, would have more sense than to want to preserve a garage that hadn’t been a garage for thirty years more than he wanted to preserve those trees.

    Does there never come a point where the survival of ancient redwoods matters more to us than convenience? Is our convenience really more important than the very creatures who make home home? How much money could be too much money to avoid killing ancient trees? Forget how much money we make from the people coming from all over the world to see these magnificent critters! Just thinking of our OWN habitat, our OWN love of home, WHAT economy could justify killing even one more ancient tree?

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