to the Mendocino Group of California's Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Mendocino Group encompasses all Sierra Club members living in
News: February 2014
On December 19, 2013, in the Northern California District Court, Judge White found for the Army Corp and CalTrans on each of the claims that were raised by the Redwood Chapter et al. He found that the Army Corp did not err by adopting CalTrans' purpose and need for the Project and that the Corps' acceptance of CalTrans traffic study was not implausible, arbitrary or capricious. While the Judge acknowledged that the Project would result in new environmental impacts, he agreed with CalTrans and the Corps that those impacts were not significant (language supplied by Aruna Prabhala, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity). CalTrans has requested exorbitant court costs reminiscent of the SLAPP suits of days gone by.
Earlier in 2013 it was learned that CalTrans had not yet hired a wetlands mitigation contractor, the bids having been returned at three times the amount that CalTrans had budgeted.
Bypass mitigation bids are triple estimate - Willits News).
The Army Corp was very close to suspending the permits for wetlands alteration when the State Transportation Commission said CalTrans could have until July 2015 to hire such contractor.
Bypass mitigation contract deadline extended to 2015 - Willits News).
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
In another vein the Mendocino Group is preparing comments to the California Coastal Commission as regards the US Fish and Wildlife proposal to apply broad-spectrum poison within the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The 'Con' in Conservation - Huffington Post.)
No hikes scheduled at this time.
(see "Redwood Chapter Outings info"
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Box 522, Mendocino, CA 95460
Sierra Club members and the public are welcome at all ExCom meetings,
second Thursday of the odd numbered months, often at the Albion school.
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