Save Little Lake Valley

Stop the Caltrans Willits Bypass!

Bypass Videos Playlist on YouTube

Sarah Grusky reads Warbler’s statement announcing Hunger Strike – live! (Willits Daily News)

Interview with Warbler (and Will Parrish) (Nomad Films)

Rancher John Ford tells his bypass story (Ron Lippert)

Willits City Council Madge Strong on Caltrans Bypass, Call To Action (Willits Community Televison)

3/25 Helicopter visits tree platforms and Trees fall (Nomad Films and Paul Taylor)

3/23 CHP Patrolling Willits Bypass Destruction (Lucy Neely)

2/14 Interview with Sara Grusky (PistachioFilmsLLC)

2/14 Interview with Ron Lippert (PistachioFilmsLLC)

2/14 Interview with Michael Hackleman (PistachioFilmsLLC)

Interviews with Rosamond and Warbler on Wildoak Living (KZYX, 2/18/13)

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General Inquiry:


  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat, July 7, 2014, “Caltrans Halting Most Work on Bypass“
  • Willits News, July 4, 2014, “Willits Bypass Timeline: 2002 to the Present“
  • Willits News, July 2, 2014, “CalTrans Dug a Ditch Through a Marked Archeological Site“
  • TUC Radio, June 26, 2014, “No More Destruction of Indian Ancestral Sites: 500-Mile Spirit Runners Visit Willits”
  • Anderson Valley Advertiser, June 21, 2014, “Archeological Site Known to CalTrans Destroyed Again“
  • ABC-7 KGO TV, June 20, 2014, “CalTrans Ordered To Stop Work on Willits Bypass Project”
  • Willits News, June 13, 2014, “Ceremony Held in Bypass Construction Zone“
  • ABC-7 KGO TV, June 11, 2014, “Water Quality Violations Reported At Willits Bypass Project“
  • Anderson Valley Advertiser, May 23, 2014, “The Politics of Hypocrisy“
  • Willits News, April 21, 2014, “Setting The Record Straight“
  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 2, 2014, “Water Board Questions Willits Bypass Mitigation“
  • Anderson Valley Advertiser, Feb. 26, 2014, “Mendo’s Secret Water Meeting“
  • Anderson Valley Advertiser, Feb. 14, 2014, “Defense of Necessity“
  • KPFA Evening News, Feb. 2, 2014, “SOLLV Speaks Out at Water Board Meeting“
  • Ukiah Daily Journal, Jan. 22, 2014, “Willits Bypass Protester Takes Two-Year Plea Deal“
  • Counterpunch, Jan. 13, 2014, “CalTrans at Willits: Widening The Way to Pelican Bay“
  • Willits News, Jan. 13, 2014, “CalTrans Tossing Taxpayer Money in the Toilet“


  • Willits News, Nov. 6, 2013, “Destruction of Cultural Sites Continues to Haunt CalTrans“
  • North Bay Bohemian, October 2, 2013: “Bypass Mayhem” (profile of Will Parrish)
  • Willits Weekly, Sept. 26, 2013, “Archeological Site Known to Caltrans Destroyed By Construction, Sherwood Valley Tribe Reports”
  • ABC-7 KGO TV, Sept. 23, 2013, “Army Corps of Engineers Threatens to Suspend Work on Willits Bypass“
  • Anderson Valley Advertiser, Sept. 11, 2013, “Willits and the Erin Brockovich Bypass“
  • The Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2013: “Willits Finally Getting Freeway, But Isn’t Sure It Still Wants One“
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The authors of these materials are not necessarily affiliated with this web site or the Liberty Ponderosa tree-sit.

Save Our Little Lake Valley (SOLLV) Literature

  • Fact Sheet on the Proposed CalTrans Bypass of Willits (PDF)
  • SOLLV Brochure (PDF)
  • What You Can Do (PDF)
  • SOLLV Petition (PDF)

Other Literature

  • The Insanity Of The Willits Bypass – by Will Parrish, January 2013
  • TOUR GUIDE of the Bootprint of the CalTrans Hwy 101 Bypass in Little Lake Valley (PDF)
  • Status of the Willits Bypass – Updated Jan. 2013
  • Outlet Creek Outlook – by Rosamond Crowder, Willits Environmental Center
  • Why The Willits Environmental Center is Suing CalTrans – by David Drell, Ukiah Daily Journal
  • CalTrans Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Willits Bypass


Alternatives to a Freeway Bypass: In-town alternatives are feasible and desirable.

1.  The easiest, lowest-cost first step is common sense restriping of Highway 101 approaching and at the Highway 20 intersection. The road is currently striped to create congestion, and could be reconfigured and restriped for just a few hundred thousand dollars. Caltrans has neglected to do this for 20 years (since they did the restriping to cause the bottleneck) despite repeated pleas by Willits City Council. Now Caltrans says they will restripe next year, after their bypass goes forward.

2.  The next step would be connecting Baechtel Rd. and Railroad Ave. This has been a unanimous top priority of Willits City Council for years. An extensive community design study of this corridor was completed in October 2003 (with funding from Caltrans). It seems this route could potentially carry as much traffic as the freeway bypass (mostly for locals and at much lower speeds), thus easing congestion at a fraction of the cost of the proposed bypass, without over-burdening existing roadways or significantly affecting nearby developments.

3.  A third potential step, if still needed, could be a truck route along the railroad right-of-way. The right-of-way is 150’ wide (or more in some areas), which is ample to retain railways, provide a separated lane in each direction, turn lanes where needed, and still have a bike path or other amenities. This two-lane route would require NO demolitions, with only 12 residences on the route, and ample capacity to carry the traffic volume.

4.  Fourth, there are options to connect a local street (probably Locust) North to Highway 20 (again at low cost and impact), which would further alleviate traffic congestion on Main St./101.

It is true that none of these feasible, low cost, low impact approaches meets the objectives of Caltrans for a high-speed freeway bypass. But that objective is NOT statistically needed, NOT in the best interests of our community, and NOT worth the enormous price tag and environmental damage it entails. The bypass is an obscene waste.

Finally global climate change just might warrant rethinking the freeway solution, especially in this case where the construction alone will produce 80-90 years’ worth of the greenhouse gases saved by the “improvement”.

1)  Get Informed: Read our fact sheet (click here) and the other extensive literature on this web page, including background on the Little Lake Valley Defenders/Earth First! direct action campaign and our detailed “How Caltrans Gets Away With It” expose, with extensive supporting documents, videos, and links.  SOLLV has hosted numerous educational forums and Bypass bootprint tours; be on the look-out for other informational events and activities. Below is a presentation by Rosamond Crowder about the wetlands ecology of Little Lake Valley, given at the April 22nd, 2013 forum “Wells, Wick Drains, and Wetlands” at the Little Lake Grange.

2)   Donate Financially: There are two donation streams 1) General SOLLV Fund: your donation will be used to create educational material to spread our message. You can pay securely over PayPal with the button below, or send a check to Willits Economic Localization, 221 South Lenore Avenue, Willits CA 95490. 2) State Lawsuit Fund:  SOLLV is exploring the possibility of filing a lawsuit using the California Environmental Quality Act to stop the Bypass in partnership with a local non-profit, Keep the Code. To explore these options, we are raising funds and asking for donations of any size from all concerned citizens.  To donate specifically to this fund, make checks out to Keep The Code and write in the memo ‘Little Lake Valley Legal Fund.’ Give your check to a SOLLV member, bring it to the SOLLV office, or mail it to Keep The Code, PO BOX 131, Willits CA 95490.

3) Sign up to receive our promotional materials and action network: Like us on Facebook, sign up for our email list by emailing longfreddie [at], or join our phone tree by calling 216-5549 or 367-5202.  To be in touch with us, e-mail savelittlelake [at]

4) Get Involved: Come to a SOLLV Meetinng and Join a Committee. The general SOLLV meetings are on Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m. at the Little Lake Grange on School Street in Willits. We have several subcommittees addressing various aspects ofthe Caltrans Bypass struggle: Outreach, Media, Political/Legislative, Legal, Fundraising, Complaints and Monitoring.

5) Sign the Petition (archive). The petition is out of date and will soon be updated.

6) WRITE, CALL OR EMAIL your elected officials.  Here is contact info:
Gov. Jerry Brown
(916) 321-54987 email c/o
Congressman Jared Huffman
616-9843 Email c/o
State Senator Noreen Evans
316-9549  Email c/o
Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro
958-8461  Email c/o

See this recent SOLLV update with other important regulatory agency and elected contacts and recommendation on timely actions: Tell The Army Corps of Engineers and Water Board to Suspend the Bypass Construction Permits.

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Also CC: Mayor Holly Madrigal,
Call-in to radio talk shows: KZYX 164-84979; KMUD 321-54987 (Check show times)