Project to widen bridges could hurt redwoods

Project to widen bridges could hurt redwoods
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EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The state Transportation Department wants to widen four bridges on a scenic stretch of road through Northern California redwoods, but the project could harm trees and wildlife in the area.

The department is preparing an environmental impact report on the road work planned for the Avenue of the Giants, which runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park in southern Humboldt County.

According to the department's public notice about the project, the construction could affect the habitat for protected marbled murrelets and northern spotted owls. The notice says work also would be near the roots of old-growth redwoods.

Environmentalists already are opposing another project to widen Highway 101 at Richardson Grove over concerns about damaging redwoods.

Transportation officials have scheduled a Feb. 28 meeting at the park's visitor center to discuss the project.

Information from: Times-Standard

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