Help Protect the Coastal Prairies of Bear River Ridge (Tsakiyuwit)

Help Protect the Coastal Prairies of Bear River Ridge (Tsakiyuwit)

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Wiyot Tribe started this petition to Humboldt County Planning Commission

Thank you for giving the Wiyot Tribe the opportunity to speak regarding the fate of one of its most high prayer sites, at Tsakiyuwit, or what we call today, the Bear River/Monument Ridge and Cape Mendocino ecological transect.  This is one of the most diverse landscapes in North America, in part because it was shaped and tended by Indigenous peoples, making Humboldt County and other parts of California a rich mosaic of vegetation types, which drives diversity and ecological stability.  The proposed Terra Gen wind project, will forever impact not just the spiritual connection of the Wiyot and other individuals, but the biology of this ecological transect and the species which depend on it. 

We all know that we need to be working toward reducing our carbon footprints, that can come in many forms; using less energy, driving less, transitioning to electric vehicles, installing home solar, investing in community micro-grids, and keeping carbon stored in the ground and in our magnificent grasslands and forests. Humboldt County should not give this unneeded sacrifice of Tsakiyuwit to the corporate elites from out of the area.  Thousands of pages of comments in opposition to the project were submitted in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) critiquing the project due to its array of un-mitigable and negative significant impacts, which were not adequately assessed due to the short duration of field work leading up to the DEIR.  Terra Gen is aggressively trying to push this through, using the power of fake-news, hype, and propaganda to lie about what the project will really do….be another grid-tied greenwashed energy development project reliant on PG&E. 

The Wiyot Tribe asks the public to stand in solidarity with them by voicing opposition to the Terra Gen project by signing this petition, writing to the Planning Commission, and attending the November 7th and 14th hearings.  If you haven’t seen the beauty, biology, and breathtaking views from Tsakiyuwit, we recommend you carpool with friends up to the ridge, taking either Monument Road up from Rio Dell, or Bear River Ridge Road from Mattole Road, south of Ferndale.  Look south to Table Bluff and Humboldt Bay, listen to the soundscape of the ridge, and see the eagles riding in the thermals. Savor the place and the wild sounds of nature, which without our unified voice will be replaced by the sounds of Earth movers, engines, beeping, hammering, dynamiting, and finally an eternal whooshing of 400 foot blades, 600 feet in the sky, twice the height of our tallest redwoods, obliterating the Tsakiyuwit soundscape and the cultural landscape of the Wiyot and Humboldt County.  The Wiyot Tribe would like to thank the Yurok Tribe, the Lost Coast League, the North Coast Environmental Center (NEC), Siskiyou Land Conservancy, City of Rio Dell, City of Scotia, EPIC, Salmon Forever, the American Bird Conservancy, Monument Vineyard, and the many community members as well as out of town voices that have voiced their solidarity.  We urge the Planning Commission to vote to deny the project permits.

Rra’dutwas (with kindness), The Wiyot Tribe

 

 

 

 

 

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