For the second straight year, American Indian Movement spiritual marathon runners’ 500-mile relay marathon culminates with a celebration in Willits. The runners arrive at Evergreen Mall at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 26th, and continue on to Willits City Park for a song, prayer, rally, speeches, and sharing food. Their run culminates a week-long 500-mile relay marathon, celebrating a
spiritual tradition of messenger runners among First Nations people.
Click here to read Save Our Little Lake Valley’s online summary of the Spiritual Marathon’s arrival in Willits, complete with photos.
Spirit Runners’ supporters making their way down Main St. last June 26th. The Spirit Runners are out ahead at this point.
Their message is that “All Life is Sacred.” They come to Willits specifically to support the protection of Native archeological sites, wetlands, and forests now under threat. Help us celebrate their achievement and hear about efforts to save remaining Pomo archaeological sites from the destruction from the Willits Bypass.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING:
* food and drinks to share
* small folding tables, and blankets and chairs to sit on
Contact Lara with SOLLV: Let her know what you can bring so we can plan for the approximatley 50 Spirit Runners and a host of supporters from Willits, the American Indian Movement, folks from Coyote Valley and Round Valley, and more. Lara’s address: laraanderson44[~at~]gmail.com
“Dear Mt. John,
We are writing to support the resolutions recently passed by both the City Council of Willits and Board of Supervisors of Mendocino County, urging your agencies not to allow the use of herbicides or pesticides in the Caltrans Willits Bypass mitigation lands… In view of these and other strong concerns, we call for a public and tribal review of the state and federal Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (MMPs) before further work proceeds.” Read the full letter here.
COME TO REGIONAL WATER BOARD, Thursday, June 18th
We need to show up in large numbers to urge the Water Board NOT to allow the use of herbicides in our wetlands. The Willits City Council and the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors have both adopted resolutions to this effect. Yet the Water Board staff may nonetheless rubber-stamp this Caltrans method for attempting to eradicate Himalayan blackberries.
The Caltrans plan probably involves using a mix of glyphosate (Round-up) and Imazapyr (used in hack & squirt) on about 60 acres over a three-year period. We (and the City and County elected officials) believe this plan would cause more harm than good, and there are better alternatives, including leaving the blackberries alone (they provide habitat and shade for salmon streams) or using goats and/or solarization to control them. Herbicides should NOT be an option!
For more information, see the County Board of Supervisors Resolution and the SOLLV letter to the Water Board.
Please come to the Regional Water Board meeting!
Carpool from the Evergreen Shopping Center leaving promptly at 7:15am. (The meeting starts at 8:30, at 5550 Skylane Blvd., off Airport Dr., in Santa Rosa; public comment period likely won’t start until about 9am.)
If you can’t be there in person, please send a comment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Send us a copy too.)
For an overview of how CalTrans used essentially the same methods to justify the Willits Bypass, click here. From 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin:
Last Friday, a federal district court ruled in favor of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in a case they brought against both the US and Wisconsin departments of transportation. At issue was a proposed highway expansion and a set of bogus traffic projections used to justify it. The court said, in essence, that if the DOT is going to project a huge increase in traffic while population and actual traffic counts are dropping, they need to show how they came up with that.
This decision has huge implications. Together we’ve long battled the standard DOT approach of continual highway expansion justified through faulty projection methods. This decision is a really important pushback. Continue reading
Please come to the Noon Rally and Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tues. April 21 at 1:00 pm on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah to demand a halt to the dangerous forest practice of Hack’n’Squirt that increases fire danger and poses a threat to public health and safety and the environment on which it depends.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has set aside 90 minutes at their next meeting, Tuesday, April 21, to discuss the fire danger that results from the timber industry practice of “hack’n’squirt, intentionally adding over a million new standing dead hardwood trees in our forests every year. Although the County cannot regulate the use of the herbicides that cause the problem (that’s the State’s domain), it can regulate fire danger in the name of public health and safety. We have been assured there will be ample time for comment. Continue reading