to the Mendocino Group of California's Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Mendocino Group encompasses all Sierra Club members living in
News: April 2014
Mendocino Group rejoices along with every one else at the inclusion of the
Stornetta Lands in the California Coast National Monument.
The heat is on the Regional Water Quality Control Board to issue a Cease and Desist order to CalTrans for failing to submit an acceptable mitigation and monitoring plan for the wetlands destruction during the construction of the Willits Bypass.
Fort Bragg transfer station?
We are following a joint Fort Bragg City / Mendocino County project for which an EIR is being prepared. The project proposes to build a waste transfer station on Highwary 20 on a site that includes wetlands and the rare Mendocino Pygmy Cypress and Northern Bishop Pine Forests. It seems counterproductive to start by selecting a site that includes a habitat type unique to Mendocino County.
This rare vegetation type deserves the utmost protection yet is fast being destroyed and degraded by (mostly) private development. It would be unconscionable for the county itself to choose to degrade what should be seen as an invaluable and irreplaceable biological asset of the county, a treasure to be guarded. We believe it too sensitive an area for such a use and that an EIR would find there were potential impacts that could not be mitigated.
We will keep you updated. We plan to read the EIR and prepare comments. At this point, we are urging the city and the county to re-consider their choice of this site as suitable for a transfer station and to look at alternative sites that would not impact rare vegetation types.
Linda Perkins honored at Women's History Gala in Ukiah
Mendocino Group is very proud to announce that Linda Perkins was designated as an honoree at the annual Women's History Gala presented by the National Women's Political Coalition in Ukiah. Here is an
interview with Linda Perkins on KZYX.
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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