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Action Camp to Defend Little Lake Valley! Support needed (Willits, CA)
by Little Lake Defenders ( littlelakeactioncamp [at] gmx.com )
Friday Mar 29th, 2013 11:03 AM
Defenders of Little Lake Valley are excited to announce the establishment of an action camp. This mobilization will begin on Saturday, March 30th and remain ongoing until we have stopped the CalTrans superhighway. We are calling on everyone interested in standing up against massive waste, destruction, and greed to travel to our fair valley and help us protect what we hold sacred.

ACTION CAMP to Defend Little Lake Valley!

What's going on?

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) is attempting to construct a four-lane superhighway through Little Lake Valley, otherwise known as Willits.

This project would destroy some of the Valley's last remaining wetlands, draining 86 acres — the largest wetlands fill permit in Northern California in 50 years. It is in the process of destroying oak savannahs and oak forests throughout the valley and on surrounding hillsides, and generating a massive quantity of CO2 emissions. It would severely damage the local economy, while doing remarkably little to prevent traffic congestion.

Action Camp Kicks Off

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Defenders of Little Lake Valley are excited to announce the establishment of an action camp. This mobilization will begin on Saturday, March 30th and remain ongoing until we have stopped the CalTrans superhighway. We are calling on everyone interested in standing up against massive waste, destruction, and greed to travel to our fair valley and help us protect what we hold sacred.

In recent days, CalTrans has been on a rampage. Its contractors have laid waste to large areas of vegetation, installed more than three miles of construction fencing, and dumped gravel to reinforce their haul road. Owing to the strength of our opposition, CalTrans has called on an overwhelming California Highway Patrol officers, including 24-hour surveillance, to be able to carry forward its destruction.

Think of it! The California Highway Patrol's operation in Willits is likely its biggest mobilization in the state, in a town with a municipal population of roughly 5,000 people.

But the CHP cannot maintain this sort of mobilization for much longer, nor are we going away. We have only come together closer so we can fight harder. We have delayed CalTrans' construction start by roughly two months already. Meanwhile, a separate group has a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit pending, which will be heard in court in May. Early next week, we are also we filing a California Environmental Quality Act Lawsuit, which would stop this project in its tracks.

We can win this! But we need your help.

Action Camp Logistics

To register for the action camp or for more details, please contact:
littlelakeactioncamp@gmx.com

For updates and further information regarding Little Lake Valley:
http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/

Action Camp start date: Saturday, March 30th

Come prepared! Bring food, water, bedding, warm clothing, rain gear, art supplies, acoustic instruments, songs, and volunteer energy. Please no weapons, drugs, alcohol, pets, or fires. Explain any special needs you may have at pre-registration.

We will be mobilizing creative action towards halting the construction of the Willits Bypass. Your ideas are needed! No special prior experience is required to participate. There are many simple yet important ways to contribute, such as sign and banner making and legal observation.

As an action camp participant, you will learn about the imperiled wetlands, oak woodlands, and migratory bird nesting areas along highway 101 through ongoing hikes, tours, and campfires.

Statement From The Warbler

“I have been tree sitting for 55 days, the past three of which have been taken over by CHP and CalTrans. Right now, CHP officers deployed from all over the state are here to occupy Little Lake Valley and prevent supporters from bringing in supplies. They are also covering up the crimes being committed by Caltrans RIGHT NOW. There is a legal term for that: 'aiding and abetting.'

No public presence has been allowed in some of the areas being destroyed, so I don't know the extent of the damage. There are two other tree sitters, besides myself. CHP is not interested in protecting us. If they were, they would not be arresting our protectors and trying to destroy our home. We need to be able to monitor what is going on.

So we need you to come and help. This is not just about Little Lake Valley, this is about the future of this fragile matrix of life we are a part of that. And we have a responsibility to protect it. This is about solidarity. And the struggle that is going on everywhere. If this is not stopped here and now, the destruction will continue.”

Please join us in Little Lake Valley! We've got no time to waste.

§Join the Warbler in Protecting the Willits Valley!
by Little Lake Defenders Friday Mar 29th, 2013 11:03 AM
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§April 2 Press Release: Tree-Sitters in Willits Being Taken Down by Caltrans
by via Save Little Lake Valley Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2013 3:47 PM

http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/2013/04/02/press-release-tree-sitters-in-willits-being-taken-down-by-caltrans/

Willits, CA- Early this morning the tree-sitter known as “Warbler” was removed from high up in the pine tree she has occupied for over two months in protest of the Caltrans Bypass in Willits in Mendocino County. Caltrans crews cut down the large Ponderosa Pine tree Warbler has been living in after throwing her belongings to the ground.

Warbler was taken down from a height of 55 feet by climbers accompanied by a massive show of force from California Highway Patrol (CHP), who arrived in the early morning fog with eight patrol cars, two command cars and a paddy wagon and many officers. The scene was witnessed and reported by another tree-sitter named Falcon, in a tree across Highway 101 who had a view of the scene.

Warbler has become a icon in the fast-growing campaign in opposition to the Caltrans Bypass project, slated to destroy significant wetlands and an oak woodlands where nesting migratory birds have been spotted. Warbler embarked on a protest hunger fast on March 28. Supporters of Warbler and opponents of the Caltrans project are arrived en masse on the scene in this small Northern California town.

At this writing, two people have been arrested at the scene in solidarity with Warbler; more arrests are expected.

A “cherry-picker” truck has been sent to other tree-sits that have gone up in recent weeks in the Bypass path. Those extractions of sitters have not yet been verified but are in progress.