Sillett gives thumbs up to Richardson Grove highway project
HSU redwood professor Steve Sillett says the project by Caltrans to widen and straighten Highway 101 through Richardson Grove in Southern Humboldt County will not damage the massive trees along the roadway.
The Times-Standard published a statement from Sillett:
Roots of these trees have been impacted by the existing roadway for many years, and it is likely that most of their healthy rooting zone is now located away from the pavement. In my opinion, Caltrans has taken sufficient protective measures to avoid severe additional impacts to the redwoods along the road edge.
A federal judge is expected to make a decision on a lawsuit brought by local residents and environmental groups in February.