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    Posted May 3, 2014 by
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    The Willits Bypass

    Approximately 50 years ago, the idea was germinated for a roadway construction project that would bypass the city of Willits, in northern California. After delays attributed to providing the land for the bypass, funding and engineering, construction began in early 2013.
    A tiny group of environmental activists, supported by Earthfirst, the Willets Environmental Center (WEC) and a loose collection of environmental extremists calling themselves SOLLV, attempted to stop the bypass construction by tree sitting, chaining themselves to equipment and assaulting local police. The police removed the tree sitters and have been keeping the peace at the site as the construction has been ongoing.
    This photo was taken days before the tree sitters in this group of oak trees were removed. Early morning fog blanketed the valley and large spotlights were placed behind the grove to illuminate the fence line in fear of potential intruders.

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