Bess Bair v. California State Department of Transportation

Conservation groups and Humboldt County residents won a federal court victory in May 2019 halting Caltrans’ controversial highway-widening project through the ancient redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park. In the order, Judge Alsup wrote: “all of these old-growth redwoods have lived many times longer than our nation has existed....the tree is so spectacular that it has come to symbolize the grandeur and uniqueness of California itself.”