Defend Ancient Redwoods, Save Richardson Grove State Park!
  • Petitioning CA Rep. Hon. Wes Chesbro

This petition will be delivered to:

CA Rep. Hon. Wes Chesbro
California Governor
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
California State Senate
California State House
Gov. Jerry Brown

Defend Ancient Redwoods, Save Richardson Grove State Park!

    1. Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
    2. Petition by

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek

      Levering, MI

You know you’ve arrived in Humboldt County when you wind your way through beautiful and majestic Richardson Grove State Park at the county’s southern entrance. Towering old-growth redwoods shade the roadway, even in broad daylight, as visitors crane their necks out car windows with marvel and locals smile at the notion of returning home. 

But the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has a plan to widen and realign Highway 101 at Richardson Grove to accommodate the largest commercial trucks on the road. Caltrans would cut down trees and destroy the roots of ancient redwoods causing substantial, irreparable damage to the trees.

The redwoods of Richardson Grove represent the last standing giant ancient redwoods in the world, they are irreplaceable: once destroyed they are gone and will not be replaced by equivalent trees for millennia.

Since 2009, the Environmental Protection Information Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Alternatives for Toxins, several individuals, and a coalition of activists have been holding Caltrans accountable to the law in both State and Federal Court; however the project is far from being forgotten and we need your help.

We know that by working together, we can stop this destructive project and protect this threatened ancient redwood grove.

 Join the  community campaign to Save Richardson Grove.


For additional information:

DIA Action Page

EPIC's blogpost with more background information





Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Take Action NOW! (by October 21, 2013)

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Take action. The fate of Richardson Grove State Park is in your hands. Caltrans is now accepting comments on the newly released Supplement to the Environmental Assessment for the Richardson Grove highway-widening project during a 30-day public comment period that will end on October 21, 2013.

      Now is your chance to speak up for the trees. There is less than 3% of the original ancient redwood temperate rainforest left after more than a century of intense human economic development in the redwood region. Most all of the ancient redwoods that remain are held in isolated pockets of park-protected forests. We can’t risk losing any of these last redwood giants. Don’t let Caltrans degrade this public trust resource further when other viable alternatives are possible. Please take action now to ensure that this sacred and magical place is protected for future generations.

      Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

      For the last six years, EPIC and our allies have prevented Caltrans moving forward with their destructive highway-widening project. We continue to advance effective legal strategies in both California State and Federal Court.

    3. Updates

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      First of all-- so much appreciation and respect to everyone for signing and passing along.
      For updates you can go to :

      For the trees!

      Updates | Save Richardson Grove

      Caltrans first proposed the highway widening project in 2007 with minimal environmental and public review. Faced with immediate and widespread community opposition, the agency prepared a full "environmental impact report" but has still has not shown that its experimental, unproven construction methods will not irreparably harm Richardson Grove.

    4. Tell your California Legislators to Save Richardson Grove

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a moment to ask California State Legislators to pressure Caltrans to rescind the Richardson Grove Improvement Project. If you have already sent a message, please do so again, as this time your letter will also go to California's Legislators and Governor asking them to intervene. Go to the below link~

    5. Federal Hearing: February 23, 2012 State Hearing: March 14, 2012

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Court Hearing Dates:
      The Federal Court Hearing for the Richardson Grove Case is in San Francisco, Thursday February 23, 2012 at 2pm, court room #8, 19th floor, with the Honorable William Alsup.

      The State Court Hearing for Richardson Grove is in Eureka, Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 9am, court room #8, with the Honorable Dale A. Reinholsten.

      The public and supporters are welcome to attend; Please be respectful of the Court.

    6. Richardson Grove Decision on the Horizon- by Gary Graham Hughes (EPIC)

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      It has been several years that EPIC has been standing up to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposal to further develop Highway 101 through the ancient redwood gateway in Richardson Grove State Park. Despite receiving heavy public opposition, Caltrans pushed obstinately forward with their plan. This stubbornness resulted in a pair of legal challenges to the Caltrans project, in both of which EPIC has played an integral role. The cases are now steadily heading towards a full hearing on their merits, and the court’s decision can be anticipated on the horizon just beyond the New Year in early 2012.

      On December 6, 2011, attorneys for EPIC and plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment in federal court. This filing is an important step in the process that will lead to the summary judgment hearing in the federal court in San Francisco on February 23, 2012.

      to read more click on link~

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. Is California Still Cutting Down Redwood Trees?

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Much GRATITUDE to Jamie Henn for writing this post! And kudos to Geraldine Carter for Climate Ride California!!!

    9. Climate riders welcomed to Richardson Grove

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      A lovely day to connect with the Climate Riders after they rode through Richardson Grove! As one Richardson Grove lover put it- "Connected like-minded people EMPOWERS them"

    10. Celebrate Richardson Grove & the well-earned Preliminary Injunction Sun 9/4

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Come out to a benefit & fundraiser for the Richardson Grove Legal Fund being administered by EPIC. Sun, Sept 4 @Beginnings in Briceland, CA. Doors@ 5:00PM Admission is $20.00/ sliding scale. Local music, silent auction, dinner, & community love!

    11. Preliminary Injunction Granted!

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      To view preliminary injunction click on above link

    12. Reached 15,000 signatures
    13. Richardson Grove Action Now Flash Mob in Sacramento

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Richardson Grove Action Now [RGAN]- on June 9, 2011- upped the ante by taking the fight to the state capital in Sacramento, where they busted out a flash mob version of George Clinton/ Parliament's "We Got the Funk."

    14. Celebrity activist Ian Somerhalder signs this petition!

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      He also tweeted it to his nearly 1,000,000 followers of @iansomerhalder, writing "I'm signing. People that think cutting ancient Redwoods is okay scare me."

    15. Petition delivered after Sacramento rally!

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Everything went really well in Sacramento. Two busloads of people (from Humboldt, Mendocino and Bay area) met up and marched to Caltrans. There were banners, posters, puppets, animal costumes, drums and flutes. A group from Mendocino also provided orange vests with "Eco Trans" on the back, as well as orange hardhats. We converged in front of the building and chanted, listened to speakers and rolled out the petition (most all of the 260ft). The press was present. Caltrans employees watched from the windows. We spoke to people passing by and passed out literature. The cops who were present even engaged in conversation and wanted to learn about the project. Thanks to having a legal representative there we were able to get a permit and move on over to the Capitol building for a photo. <p></p>We rolled the petition out from the top of the steps all the way to the street. I think it was such an effective way of visually seeing all these people who love the redwoods and are against this proposed project. Then we delivered the hundreds of postcards that had been signed, as well as the petition and comments in a mailbag, to the Governor's aides.

    16. Reached 12,500 signatures
    17. Does size matter?

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Redwood Times asks, "Are bigger trucks really better for the economy?"

    18. Reached 10,000 signatures
    19. Much Appreciation & Much Respect

      Aliana Lee Knapp-Prasek
      Petition Organizer

      Much appreciation to ALL of you for signing this petition to Save Richardson Grove State Park!!! We will continue speak for the trees in Sacramento this Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

      Much Respect to!

      Blessings to Mother Earth.

    20. Reached 9,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bryan Thompson PORTLAND, OR
      • 1 day ago

      Industry and commerce must not determine the outcome of our environmental assets.

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 2 days ago

      “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

      ― Theodore Roosevelt

    • Sarah Thiemann LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 12 days ago

      I cannot believe anyone would want to kill one of these giants. I have visited the redwoods on several occasions...simply magnificent. Save them so our children and our grandchildren can see these beauties of nature.

    • Sheri Paul SILVERTHORNE, CO
      • about 1 month ago

      The ancient redwoods cannot be destroyed - old growth trees are sacred and it's wrong to replace them with highway! Move the damn highway!

    • William Dunlap COSTA MESA, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      We continue to destroy beauty. Please leave a portion of the planet for our children.


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