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About Friends of Gualala River


Gualala RiverFriends of Gualala River (FoGR) is a non-profit, grassroots watershed protection association formed to share common concerns and research regarding the welfare of the Gualala River, its estuary and habitat. FoGR’s goal is to protect the Gualala River watershed and the species that rely on it.

Friends of Gualala River needs your support, as members and volunteers. Our Join page can help you get started.


Map of the Gualala River watershed (small)
Gualala River watershed
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The Gualala River enters the Pacific Ocean approximately 110 miles north of San Francisco, marking the border of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Just past the mouth of the river lies the town of Gualala, a three-hour drive from San Francisco over narrow, twisting roads and stunning ocean and mountain views. Tourism and logging are the primary local industries.

FoGR Officers

Charles Ivor, President
Nathan Ramser, Vice President
Peter Baye, Secretary
Jeanne Jackson, Treasurer
Richard Jackson, Director

Presidents Emeriti:

Chris Poehlmann
John Holland
Ursula Jones
Tom Cochrane

Contact Us

For more information about FoGR and its current activities, please send email to
You may also send US mail, including your tax-deductible contributions, to:

Friends of Gualala River
P.O. Box 1543
Gualala, CA 95445

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Friends of Gualala River
P.O. Box 1543
Gualala, CA 95445

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Friends of Gualala River was formed in 1992 by a group of local residents in response to timber harvesting near a popular, heavily wooded campground on the north bank of the river.

The group was reinvigorated in 2002 by public outrage over the proposed waterbag scheme. Tom Cochrane’s article in theIndependent Coast Observer“Public urged to help save river”, announced FoGR’s renewed energy as an advocate for the defense of the watershed. Ursula Jones was one of the first to begin organizing to respond to the waterbag threat to the Gualala & Albion rivers and communities.


Friends of Gualala River is affiliated with the Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance (RCWA), a California non-profit, public benefit corporation. Donations to FoGR are tax-deductible.

RCWA is comprised of community watershed protection associations in Mendocino County and has been monitoring logging activities in Mendocino County since 1990. It has brought several successful suits against timber companies for illegal logging practices.

What’s the difference between FoGR & GRWC?

People sometimes confuse Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) and Gualala River Watershed Council (GRWC) –two very different organizations. Who do you support?


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