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Cancel the Caltrans Willits Bypass Project
  • Petitioned Malcolm Dougherty

This petition was delivered to:

Director California Department of Transportation
Malcolm Dougherty
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House

Cancel the Caltrans Willits Bypass Project

    1. Petition by

      Save Little Lake Valley

The Little Lake Valley — aka the Willits Valley in Mendocino County, CA — is threatened by an environmentally disastrous Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) highway construction project called “The Willits Bypass.”  

Willits is in The Little Lake Valley of California’s Coast Range mountains, 140 miles north of San Francisco.  Travelers literally can't miss Willits — US Highway 101, the region’s main inland artery becomes Main Street through the center of this small town, population 5,000  (including Hwy 101's first traffic light north of the Golden Gate Bridge). 

Caltrans’ Willits Bypass Project would:

Drain and fill in 86 acres of wetlands — the largest wetlands fill permit in Northern California in 50 years.  

• Build a 6-mile-long, 200-foot-wide, Interstate 5-sized highway through Little Lake Valley just east of town in order to bypass Willits.    

• Devour wetlands, oak forests, meadows, native plants, Ponderosa pines groves, habitat for northern spotted owls, habitat for coho salmon, habitat for steelhead trout, habitat for the endangered tidewater goby (fish), and prime farmland (1/3 of the valley's farmland would be affected). 

• Release massive greenhouse gases from construction into the atmosphere — over 80 years’ worth compared to the “savings” from reduced stop-and-go traffic in town.

• Cost over $300 million taxpayer dollars!  

• Override the objections of the majority of Willits' citizens and business owners.

Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration claim the Willits Bypass Project will ease traffic congestion on Main Street, but studies show 70% of Willits traffic is local and therefore would not be improved.  

Reject this Willits Bypass and advocate less environmentally harmful, less expensive alternatives presented as early as 2004.  As the old proverb goes, “No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, turn back.”

To learn more about the campaign, check out: SaveLittleLakeValley.org

To make a secure online donation to Save Little Lake Valley through Paypal, click here.

PayPal securely processes donations for Earthmind, Inc dba Willits Economic Localization (WEL). Earthmind, a 501(c)3 organization.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Up in the Air With a Mendocino County Tree-Sitter

      "Warbler" is a 24-year-old goat farmer who has decided to make her home in a ponderosa pine near the Mendocino County town of Willits in hopes she can help head off a big Caltrans highway project.

      Up in the Air With a Mendocino County Tree-Sitter | KQED News Fix

      "Warbler" is a 24-year-old goat farmer who has decided to make her home in a ponderosa pine near the Mendocino County town of Willits in hopes she can help head off a big Caltrans highway project. The agency has already begun preliminary work on a bypass that would shift U.S.

    3. Protestors Keeping Caltrans at Bay

      Had it not been for a direct action last week by supporters of The Warbler’s tree sit south of Willits, this would have been the week CalTrans and its contractors dispatched crews with chainsaws and heavy equipment to mow down oak, madrone, manzanita, Oregon ash, and pine trees on the east side of Little Lake Valley, as a step toward construction of Big Orange’s planned new superhighway through Willits.

      "Protesters Keeping CalTrans At Bay" - Anderson Valley Advertiser

      This story first appeared in the Anderson Valley Advertiser, March 6, 2013. Protesters Keeping CalTrans at Bay by Will Parrish Had it not been for a direct action last week by supporters of The Warbler's tree sit south of Willits, this would have been the week CalTrans and its contractors dispatched crews with chainsaws and...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      “The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”

      — Natalie Angier

      “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

      — Aristotle

      “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

      — Annie Dillard

      “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

      — Albert Einstein

      “Earth laughs in flowers.”

      — Ralph Waldo Emerson

      “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

      — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    • Marie-Lucie Tarpent HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      This will devastate the region..

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    • Corina Hines EDMONDS, WA
      • 2 months ago

      It seems senseless to destroy wetlands and natural resources to "relieve congestion" that research shows is from local traffic and wouldn't be eased by all the destruction.

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    • Sydney Suttman PLAINFIELD, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      I'd like to move to Willits.

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    • Lauren Kitover WILLITS, CA
      • 4 months ago

      To keep clean and abundant water in the little lake valley.

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