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Save the Gualala River, its redwood forest and its threatened and endangered species

Thank you donors! We’ve raised over half the funds needed for our Endangered Species Act lawsuit. Help us reach our funding goal and save the Gualala River, its redwood forest and its threatened and endangered species. “As Mother Earth faces climate change and growing numbers of species are going extinct, FoGR has a responsibility to speak for the threatened and …

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The Viewshed of Annapolis Road

by Chris Poehlmann, October, 2020 Two new plans have just been submitted to log the forest along Annapolis Road that will degrade large areas of the viewshed of one of our most treasured scenic roads. The view of the hills from Annapolis Road and adjacent to The Sea Ranch before and after “Twin Bridges” will be an eyesore for decades …

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Local and national conservation groups join forces, sue timber company over logging project

by Lana Cohen, The Mendocino Voice, September 25, 2020 [excerpt:] Two conservation groups, Friends of Gualala River, and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gualala Redwood Timber Company. They claim the timber company’s planned timber harvest project in the Gualala River watershed violates the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The suit was filed …

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Video: A Walk in the Redwoods

Take two minutes to step inside the tranquil redwood forest that thrives in the Gualala River’s floodplain. Let the magical forest nurture and inspire you. You’ll quickly see and feel why Friends of Gualala River is working tirelessly to protect this majestic forest.

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Battle begins to save rare redwood forest in Northern California

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

By Scott Thomas Anderson, Sacramento News & Review, September 23, 2020 [excerpt:] Conservation groups sue massive logging project as violation of Endangered Species Act For many, the lush, towering redwoods along Sonoma County’s Gualala River are vestiges of a once-unspoiled Golden State, the verdant vanguard of a century-old forest that cradles an undammed stream spilling from the coastal mountains into …

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Lawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern California Redwoods

"Rally for the River" - July 16, 2016; photo credit: Anne Mary Schaefer

For Immediate Release, September 15, 2020 Contact: Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 986-2600, pgalvin@biologicaldiversity.org Charles Ivor, Friends of Gualala River, (707) 337-0147, cfifish@mac.com GUALALA, Calif.— Conservation groups filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit today against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a logging project in a redwood forest near …

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“We Speak for the River”
– matching challenge donation

We Speak for the River

“We Speak for the River” That is our motto for the effort to raise $175K for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit to stop the current, reckless Dogwood timber harvest plan, and other floodplain logging plans, in the Gualala River. It’s a daunting amount to raise for our small, but mighty, all volunteer non-profit. FoGR has received a $25,000 matching challenge …

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Conservationists escalate legal battle over logging plan in Gualala floodplain

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

By Lana Cohen, The Mendocino Voice, August 1, 2020 [excerpt:] MENDOCINO Co., 8/1/20 — Friends of Gualala River, a local nonprofit, plans to move their five-year conflict over logging in the Gualala River floodplain from Sonoma County Superior Court to federal court. The local conservation group is teaming up with the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting …

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Fight over Gualala River logging plan heads to federal court

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

by Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat, July 14, 2020 [excerpt:] A five-year battle over plans to log in the remote Gualala River flood plain has taken a big step up with a powerhouse environmental group’s declaration to take the case to federal court, alleging the commercial tree harvest would harm protected fish, frogs and birds. Friends of Gualala River, a …

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Center for Bio-Diversity joins suit

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

From July 10, 2020 Independent Coast Observer Reprinted by permission © Copyright Independent Coast Observer, Inc. www.mendonoma.com Two weeks after the California appeals court enjoined Gualala Redwood Timber LLC from logging the proposed Dogwood timber harvest plan in the floodplain of the Gualala River, a federal lawsuit has been brought against the Dogwood logging plan as well. The Center for …

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife in California Redwood Forest

Center for Biological Diversity logo

For Immediate Release, July 9, 2020 Contact: Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 986-2600, pgalvin@biologicaldiversity.org Charles Ivor, Friends of Gualala River, (707) 337-0147, cfifish@mac.com GUALALA, Calif.— Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and a timber company for failing to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and …

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Video – PRESERVATION RANCH: a first look at the unseen interior of the Gualala River

Video: Presentation by Annapolis naturalist and artist, Liam Ericson, with photographic slides and woodblock prints of his explorations of the eastern portion of the Gualala River watershed. Wandering up steep slopes and distant canyons, Liam discovered and photographed hidden groves of old growth redwoods, giant oaks, yews, and other trees as well as many species of wildlife. He will focus …

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Headwaters of Wheatfield Fork protected by conservation easement

Gloeckner-Turner Ranch, map

Excerpt from press release by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space Wild and Scenic Gloeckner-Turner Ranch to be Protected Forever 3,364-acre ranch boasts significant natural resources and scenic values, offers climate change resilience SANTA ROSA, CA (May 29, 2020) – Sonoma County Ag + Open Space is pleased to announce the upcoming conservation of Gloeckner-Turner Ranch – a sprawling 3,364-acre …

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June 7 Event – “Preservation Ranch: a first look at the unseen interior of the Gualala River”

Sunday, June 7, 2020, 4-5:15 p.m. via Zoom* Please join Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) online for a program by Annapolis naturalist and artist, Liam Ericson, as he presents photographic slides and woodblock prints of his explorations of the eastern portion of the Gualala River watershed. Wandering up steep slopes and distant canyons, Liam discovered and photographed hidden groves of …

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California redwoods are tops in carbon storage needed to fight climate change, nonprofit says

Gualala River floodplain

by Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat, May 4, 2020 [excerpt:] . . . Throughout their lives, the world’s tallest trees — Sequoia sempervirens, meaning “always flourishing” — absorb carbon dioxide, the most prolific heat-trapping gas, and permanently lock it up in their durable heartwood. Coast redwoods are “a critical ingredient in the fight against climate change,” said Sam Hodder, president …

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Friends of Gualala River move to halt Dogwood logging plan

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

Gualala, CA. (April 13, 2020) – Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) recently took legal action to appeal the decision on the Dogwood timber harvest plan (THP) to the State Appellate Court. In addition, FoGR sought an injunction on logging until the appeal could be heard. The court granted the injunction last week which temporarily suspends logging of Dogwood. Gualala Redwood …

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FoGR highlights Gualala River watershed with new signs

Map of Gualala River Watershed signs

Thanks to the new Gualala River watershed signs, travelers on local roads will now know when they enter the watershed, one that spans 300 square miles of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Friends of Gualala River (FoGR), a non-profit dedicated to the protection of the river and its watershed, coordinated installation of nine road signs marking the outer boundaries of this …

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Dispatch following FoGR’s January meeting

Gualala River in fog

Dominating the celebratory opening of the first meeting of the new year for Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) was the continuing relief, pleasure, gratitude, and absolute joy in learning that Mill Bend is now in the hands of Redwood Coast Land Conservancy. See the article Mill Bend in Conservation Hands by John Walton, telling more about this achievement for all …

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