His loss will be felt all across this great continent.
Thanks for the respect Hank, I will try to get a new post up on that blog more sooner than later just for you. I will agree that the frothing under Cristina's article is disagreeable--though the ongoing disrespect for those of us who live in Southern Humboldt is present in this thread as well. Why the "Grovies" have become the "Grovies" (I keep thinking you should have titled the articles "Fear and Groving in Humboldt County") is a phenomena that the environmental movement here on the North Coast has struggled with since all sorts of "drainbow" types started showing up during Redwood Summer. It certainly was not EPIC's fault back then anymore than it is now, though EPIC seems to serve as a punching bag for the NCJ here because of the lack of grace of those very loud and "frothing" voices.
Remember though, the Final EIR on the Richardson Grove project has not even been released, and until then all announcements about potential mitigation made by CalTrans are just PR designed to reduce public opposition to a project that was very poorly designed at the beginning. As well, there are serious and real concerns about whether CalTrans will take advantage of legal loopholes to avoid obligations to follow through on their mitigation promises once project implementation has begun. That is why it is important to stay on this case to the very end, including advocating for the "take no action" alternative or even pursuing litigation to insure that the agency does not ignore what is at stake in one of the worlds few remaining stands of ancient redwoods.
By my read of the history of the case it is actually the result of the work of the so-called "frothers" that has made CalTrans actually follow the law in the review process and planning of this project, resulting in the possible mitigation efforts (i.e. wildlife surveys, careful cutting of roots) raved about in your article(s). Essentially, within the clear bias of the NCJ coverage of this issue (opinion v. feature news piece?) you have totally downplayed the procedural irregularities that have occurred in the planning of this project.
The fact that more detailed mitigation would be required in project implementation is a tribute to the success of the "Grovies" in this case.
Finally, as a Southern Humboldt resident I say thanks to all the people that have participated in the effort to stop this CalTrans project--at the very least you will have helped make sure that they treat the place with respect.
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