The California Department of Transportation signed a settlement agreement today with the Alameda Creek Alliance that forces the agency to terminate the approval and permits for the first phase of a controversial $80 million highway widening project in Niles Canyon along Alameda Creek.CalTrans will rescind its 2006 approval and flawed environmental review for the Route 84 Safety Improvement Project, notify regulatory agencies it is withdrawing the project, terminate the project construction contract, and comply with mitigation requirements for work already done, such as tree cutting along Alameda Creek. (more here).
found this on the sidewalk when john dwyer & family were moved out of their old spot. i am a fan of his art and didn't want to see it get thrown out. however, it is pretty large and i do not have room on my walls for it. please let me know if you would like to give it a home.
A non-profit group has rescued the state park that contains world famous Mono Lake and its bizarre tufa outcroppings, California State Parks officials announced Thursday.The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve was officially removed from the list of state parks scheduled for closure next year after the preservation organization known as the Bodie Foundation agreed to collect the fees necessary to keep the lake and surrounding facilities open. California State Parks will continue to manage the reserve. It is the fourth state park, including two in the Bay Area, to be removed from the original list of 70 parks, historic buildings and monuments scheduled for closure by the end of June 2012. (more).
Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska in the first three quarters of 2011 already surpass the total exports of 2010 according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.