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Highway 101 bypass protestors come down from tree

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The Associated Press

5/1/2013

WILLITS, Calif. — The last two tree-sitters protesting the construction of a Highway 101 bypass in Mendocino County have come down from their branches.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrats says (http://bit.ly/ZzzOxa ) 23-year-old Jean Weilbach of Fort Bragg and an unidentified Oregon woman calling herself "Owl" came down from the tree in Willits over the weekend.

The newspaper says Weilbach had previously been forcibly extracted from a tree on April 2, along with four other tree-sitters arrested that day.

Sara Grusky, an organizer with anti-bypass group Save Our Little Lake Valley, says a delegation of about 25 Willits residents will travel to Sacramento Thursday to meet with politicians.

Grusky says the group's lawyers also sent a letter to California Fish & Wildlife seeking a stop-work order, alleging violations of state permits.

Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com


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