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Letters written by experts

Letters written by subject matter experts on behalf of Friends of Gualala River.

Your contributions enable us to hire biologists, hydrologists, geologists, foresters and attorneys when needed to submit expert commentary on proposed development and logging plans.

These comments provide the technical and scientific evidence needed by agencies and the courts to enforce California’s environmental laws and regulations for the protection of the Gualala River watershed.

See also: Letters written by Friends of the Gualala River


“Dogwood” floodplain logging plan

Result: FoGR intends to file lawsuit challenging approval


Artesa (“Fairfax”) vineyard conversion
Result: Court rejects EIR; project approval withdrawn

Artesa Final EIR
Result: EIR certified; lawsuit filed

Artesa Recirculated Draft EIR
Result: CalFire approves Final EIR

Artesa Draft EIR
Result: Draft EIR partially recirculated

Artesa Neg Dec
Result: Neg Dec withdrawn – EIR required

  • 5/03: Patrick Higgins, biologist
  • 5/03: Greg Kamman, hydrologist
  • 5/03: Dennis Jackson, hydrologist
  • 5/03: Paul Carroll, attorney


Bower NTMP (1-08NTMP-009 MEN)
Result: Petition filed; now under review


Gualala River gravel mining
Result: significantly improved environmental protection


Little Creek vineyard conversions
(Roessler, Martin & Hansen/Whistler)
Result: Court agreed – EIR required; conversion plans dropped

Roessler vineyard conversion

Martin vineyard conversion

Hansen/Whistler vineyard conversion


Coastal Ridges: Option A & Robinson Creek THP
Result: Option A approved (over our objections)


Hernandez NTMP (1-06NTMP-009 SON)
Result: Petition dismissed


Sonoma County General Plan, forest protection
Result: Forest Protection ordinance passed (in weakened form)


Campbell vineyard conversion
Result: Permanent stay granted


Haupt Creek THP (Sonoma County old growth redwood forest)
Result: THP rejected by Board of Forestry