The Latest from FoGR

Redwood Coast Land Conservancy buying 112 acres near Gualala River and regional park

The yellow lines in this photo show the approximate boundaries of the Mill Bend (lower left) and Lower Mill Bend properties. Photo courtesy the Mill Bend Coalition.

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, November 4, 2019 [excerpt:] A 112-acre swath of land just inside the mouth of the Gualala River, including 13 acres of river frontage adjacent to Gualala Point Regional Park, is on its way to permanent preservation for public recreation and habitat conservation. Long sought by the community to improve public access to the river …

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More floodplain logging – the “Little” THP

Little THP

Gualala Redwoods Timber has submitted another floodplain logging plan (“Little” THP 1-18-095-MEN), in addition to the disputed Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan (“Dogwood” THP 1-15-042-SON), which is now in court for the 3rd time — see CalFire approves third Dogwood THP; legal fight continues. Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is especially concerned with these plans to log 90-100 year old redwoods …

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Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good

Gualala River floodplain redwood forest

Climate change and its consequences are arguably the biggest existential threat to mankind and life on earth. Any foreseeable levels of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will not be enough to meet the conservative 2.0º C target that climate scientists say is needed. We need to increase carbon sequestration in existing forests, wetlands and soils. This study points to conserving …

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Forest regs a self-defeating glut

1. Coast Redwood Reaching for the Light

by Paul Mann Mad River Union, June 10, 2016 [excerpt:] Timber industry officials and environmental activists warn that the state’s logging safeguards have become a bureaucratic snarl that can drag out rule-making for a decade and a half and more. Experts say that 43 years after the enactment of the Forest Practice Act, timescales are so out of joint that …

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How a Timber Harvest Plan Works, and How to Comment on THPs – EPIC

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) provides a wealth of information on forestry issues in northern California, including: How a Timber Harvest Plan Works Timber Harvest Plans in California: Review, Tracking, and Comment Writing – THP Workshop     EPIC is a community based, non-profit organization that advocates for science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s Forests.  

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CalFire approves third Dogwood THP; legal fight continues

90-100 year old redwood tree marked for cutting in Gualala River floodplain; photo credit: copyright © 2016 Mike Shoys, used with permission

by W. W. Keller August 9, 2019 © copyright 2019, Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA reprinted with permission In a letter dated July 31, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or CalFire approved the third controversial Dogwood timber harvest plan stating, “You may begin timber operations proposed in the plan.” But while the letter says that property owner …

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Our local watershed protection organization: Friends of Gualala River

Gualala Point Regional Park - view of lagoon, by Bob Rutemoeller

by Tempra Board Soundings, Summer, 2019 © copyright 2019, The Sea Ranch Association reprinted with permission Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) has been in the news lately for its efforts to compel state agencies to protect sensitive Gualala River watershed habitat from the latest in a series of Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) proposed by the Gualala Redwood Timber (GRT) company. Get …

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Gualala River park idea garners 1,100 signatures

Redwood tree marked for logging in Dogwood THP, photo by Chris Poehlmann

and 3,000 signatures oppose third Dogwood logging plan by W. W. Keller news@mendonoma.com May 31, 2019 © copyright 2019, Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA reprinted with permission The Gualala River Park Coalition, a grassroots environmental organization, has collected more than 1,100 signatures from people who would rather turn the Gualala River floodplain into a public park than see its redwoods …

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Students Protecting the Coast

ACORN Partners in Education’s Students Protecting the Coast program with Pacific Community Charter School 6th-8th grade students and Friends of Gualala River.

ACORN Partners in Education’s Students Protecting the Coast program with Pacific Community Charter School 6th-8th grade students and Friends of Gualala River.

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Ladies’ Day Steelhead – December, 1915

Ladies' Day Steelhead - December 1915; photo courtesy of Will Guyan

  This photo is typical of how it was, back in the day when fishermen could walk across the backs of steelhead and Salmon in the Gualala River. No one considered conservation, because there were so many fish. Unfortunately with habitat degradation and people all killing their limit, things have changed radically. Now that the regulations require catch and release, …

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Dogwood floodplain logging plan, comments by Dr. Peter Baye, May 2019

Dogwood THP comments by Dr. Peter Baye, May 2019

Comments by Dr. Peter Baye (coastal ecologist, botanist) on the latest version of the “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan (THP 1-15-042-SON): Download & read the entire letter (8 pages, 310 KB)   The entire letter is well worth reading, but here’s a short excerpt (not a summary) to whet your appetite: Seasonal wetlands are widespread in the floodplain of the river, …

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Opponents of logging plan along Gualala River dream of expanding park

90-100 year old redwood tree marked for cutting in Gualala River floodplain; photo credit: copyright © 2016 Mike Shoys, used with permission

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, April 25, 2019 [excerpt:] Provoked by a new round of scrutiny over hard-fought plans to harvest timber in the Gualala River floodplain, a contingent of North Coast residents has launched a petition drive to use the land for expansion of a public park instead. It’s the stuff of fantasy for the moment, given the …

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Vision for a Gualala River Park

Vision for Gualala River Park

Spanning from bridge to bridge along a wild and scenic river A unique and majestic coastal redwood park with paths wandering along the Gualala River – protected and preserved for this and future generations to visit and enjoy. The park would preserve a seven mile corridor important for wildlife and complete with natural beauty. Public access to world class second …

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Dogwood floodplain logging plan reopened for public comment

Gualala River floodplain

CAL FIRE has reopened the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan (THP 1-15-042-SON) once again for public comment. Friends of Gualala River’s (FoGR) preliminary assessment of the recirculated Dogwood THP is presented in summary form below, for consideration by any citizen or organization preparing comments on the recirculated THP. FoGR encourages all commenters to independently read and assess relevant parts of the …

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Invitation to Earth Day in Gualala: Monday, April 22

Gualala Point Regional Park - view of lagoon, by Bob Rutemoeller

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) will be hosting a table at the upcoming community Earth Day at the Gualala Community Center on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 2-5 PM. The theme for this event is climate change and what our community can do. We invite you to visit our table, hear the general presentations, enjoy light refreshments and join discussions. …

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Dear Supporters of Friends of Gualala River

FoGR Public Forum, March 2019

  Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) held a successful Public Forum recently. One of the highlights was the presentation of the importance of the Gualala River’s floodplain by Dr. Peter Baye. If you missed the Forum, you can download a pdf version of Peter’s slideshow presentation. Peggy Berryhill of KGUA radio also recorded some of Peter’s presentation that night, though …

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Importance of the Gualala River Floodplain: Presentation by Dr. Peter Baye

Importance of the Gualala River Floodplain: Presentation by Dr. Peter Baye, March, 2019

Presented at Friends of Gualala River’s Public Forum on March 5, 2019.   Download: Download a pdf version (4 MB) of the presentation: Importance of the Gualala River Floodplain: Presentation by Dr. Peter Baye   Audio excerpts: 1. Peter Baye describes Gualala River floodplain: 2. Peter Baye describes the evolution of the floodplain: 3. Peter Baye explains which agencies are …

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Tues, March 5: Friends of Gualala River invites you to a Public Forum

FoGR Public Forum - March 5, 2019

  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5 to 7 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala, CA 95445 You are invited to join members of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) at a Public Forum at the Gualala Community Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. Jeanne Jackson, author of Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year, and ICO …

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Major Landslide on Wheatfield Fork, Gualala River, closes Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road

Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, west of landslide near Soda Springs site (USGS map place-name). March 3, 2019.

  February 26-27, 2019, flood triggered a major landslide on the Wheatfield Fork, Gualala River, above and below Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road. The large landslide occurred on steep north-facing slopes near the Soda Springs site (USGS map place-name), near the east end of Fuller Mountain, approximately 2.5 air miles east of the Annapolis Road bridge. The landslide extends from about …

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