Portraits of Willits
During one of my days at Emandal Sarah took me into town to see the Hometown Celebration and eat mushroom ice cream. Which was actually delicious.
Because Willits passed a law preventing any nuclear trucks from driving through the area Caltrans has started construction on a bypass that will be 6 miles long and cost at least $210 million. It is about 2 years behind schedule as of right now with setbacks from environmental and financial issues.... Everything is currently on hold due to repeated violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act.
"The new freeway will go right through federally protected wetlands, with at least 40 acres of wetlands being filled. The impact is so severe the U.S. Army Corps required Caltrans to restore 400 acres of other wetlands to compensate." -ABC 7
It has been widely protested for reasons of cultural and environmental impact, expense, and the fact that it's unnecessary. The stories of how these people have come together to protest and raise awareness about the devastating affects of this project is sad but also encouraging.
One woman, "The Warbler", bravely stayed on a platform in a tree for 60 days at the site to protest and report on what was going on.
I loved this quirky little place as much as I loved Emandal.