Friends of the 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 the Gualala River needs your support, as members and volunteers. Our Join page can help you get started.
Gualala River watershed[click to enlarge]
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.
Chris Poehlmann, President
Charles Ivor, Vice President
Peter Baye, Secretary
Jim Jordan, Treasurer
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 the Gualala River
P.O. Box 1543
Gualala, CA 95445
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Donate – donations to FoGR are tax-deductible.
All donations are dedicated to FoGR’s legal defense fund. Our only current legal action is challenging the “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan.
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- Photo Tour of the Gualala River watershed showing its natural beauty as well as damage caused by unsustainable human activity.
- Flyover of the Gualala River with over 1,100 aerial photos & a Google Earth interface.
- Photos of the Gualala coast— from the California Coastal Records Project.
- Letters written by Friends of the Gualala River
- Letters written by experts on behalf of FoGR
- FoGR Public Meetings
- News Archive
Friends of the 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 the Gualala River is affiliated with the Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance (RCWA, www.rcwa.us), a California non-profit, public benefit corporation. Donations to FoGR are tax-deductible.
The 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 the Gualala River (FoGR) and Gualala River Watershed Council (GRWC) –two verydifferent organizations. Who do you support?
ICO Press Articles are provided courtesy of the Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA.
Friends of the Gualala River is a member of the Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce.