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Gualala River in Winter – Photo Calendar

Deer reflected in the Gualala River - by Rick Denniston

Winter rains fall on the vast watershed of the Gualala River. When the land can no longer absorb more water, the rain flows into the tributaries of the Gualala River. The river changes daily. Big storms brings churning waters down the river, racing to the ocean. The river’s floodplain, unencumbered by development, does the job which Mother Nature designed. Redwood …

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Downstream: Logging and an industry-friendly state agency imperil . . . California waterways

Downstream

by Will Parrish, North Bay Bohemian, February 15, 2017 [excerpt:] Here in the North Bay, a controversy over timber industry damage to the Gualala River in northwestern Sonoma and southeastern Mendocino counties has been raging since 2015. First came the Dogwood plan, a 320-acre timber harvest plan filed by Gualala Redwoods Timber company (GRT). It involves tractor-logging hundreds of stately, …

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Shaping the Future of the Gualala River Watershed

Dr. Kimberly Rodrigues

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free of charge Gualala Arts Center 46501 Old State Highway Gualala, CA 95445 Sponsored by Friends of Gualala River Friends of Gualala River present a community education program with Dr. Kimberly Rodrigues, Director of the U.C. Hopland Research and Cooperative Extension Center on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Gualala Arts Center, …

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Sonoma County Superior Court Remands Entire Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan Back to CAL FIRE for Environmental Review of Controversial Gualala River Redwood Forest Floodplain Logging

Redwood forest targeted for logging in Gualala River floodplain; Dogwood2

Friends of Gualala River Forest Unlimited California Native Plant Society MEDIA RELEASE Date: January 28, 2017 The “Dogwood” Timber Harvest Plan (THP), an environmental review of the first major logging of the mature redwood forest on the sensitive floodplain of the Gualala River, has been sent back to CAL FIRE for a full revision. The plan is bound for a …

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That Old Maxxam Band Again

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

by Will Parrish © 2017 Anderson Valley Advertiser January 12, 2017 [excerpt:] First came the “Dogwood” plan: a 320-acre timber harvest plan (THP) filed by Gualala Redwoods Timber (GRT) in 2015. It involves tractor-logging hundreds of stately second-growth redwoods that line the lower Gualala River, which straddles the Sonoma-Mendocino county line on the coast, in areas spared from axes and …

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Dogwood THP lawsuit update & Gualala River riparian forest conservation workshop

Gualala River riparian forest

Thursday, October 27, 2016 5 to 7 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala, CA 95445 Please join host Jeanne Jackson (Mendonoma Sightings) for a one-time informal workshop co-sponsored by Friends of Gualala River, Forest Unlimited and California Native Plant Society – Dorothy King Young Chapter, for updates on the future of the lower Gualala River Riparian Redwood Forest, …

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Gualala River logging project suspended by Sonoma County judge

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, September 16, 2016 [excerpt:] A Sonoma County judge has halted logging operations tied to a disputed timber harvest plan in the Gualala River watershed until a court challenge against the project can be resolved. Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday, affirming an earlier tentative ruling in which he said environmentalists …

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Preliminary Injunction halts Gualala River Floodplain Redwood Logging – “Dogwood” Timber Harvest Plan, Sonoma County

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

Friends of Gualala River Forest Unlimited MEDIA RELEASE Date: September 15, 2016 – updated On Wednesday, September 14, Sonoma County Superior Court confirmed a tentative ruling to temporarily halt further logging of the controversial Gualala River floodplain within the “Dogwood” timber harvest plan area while litigation proceeds. Hon. René Auguste Chouteau, Supervising Civil Court Judge, granted a Preliminary Injunction to …

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FoGR comments on THP 1-16-047 SON “German South” floodplain logging plan

Note: Close of public comment for this plan is Monday, September 12, 2016, at 5 p.m. Cal Fire – Forest Practice Program Manager 135 Ridgeway Ave, Santa Rosa, California 95401 santarosapubliccomments@calfire.ca.gov September 8, 2016 SUBJECT: THP 1-16-047 SON (Gualala Redwoods Timber LLC “German South” THP) Dear CAL FIRE: Friends of the Gualala River submits the following comments and recommendations regarding …

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“German South” floodplain logging plan – comments by Rob DiPerna

20 year harvest history: Mouth of Gualala River watershed

Note: Close of public comment for this plan is Monday, September 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.   September 2, 2016 Cal Fire Resource Management North Coast Regional Office 135 Ridgway Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401 EPIC Comments on THP 1-16-042SON, “German South,” Gualala Redwood Timber Inc. Dear Santa Rosa CAL FIRE Review Team: The following comments are submitted on behalf …

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Environmentalists file suit over Gualala River logging plan

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

by Glenda Anderson, The Press Democrat, August 9, 2016 [excerpt:] North Coast environmental groups have followed through on their threat to sue Cal Fire over its approval of a 400-acre logging operation within the floodplain of lower Gualala River. The lawsuit, filed last week by Forest Unlimited and Friends of Gualala River, alleges state forestry officials failed to meet mandated …

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CAL FIRE sued over Approval of Gualala River Floodplain Redwood Logging – “Dogwood” Timber Harvest Plan, Sonoma County

Redwood forest targeted for logging in Gualala River floodplain; Dogwood2

Date: August 8, 2016   On Thursday, August 4, 2016, Forest Unlimited and Friends of Gualala River, represented by attorney Edward Yates, filed a lawsuit in Sonoma County Superior Court to compel the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to set aside the agency’s July 1st final approval of the “Dogwood” timber harvest plan in Sonoma County. …

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Jeanne Jackson speaks at the Rally for the River

Jeanne Jackson speaking at the "Rally for the River"; July 16, 2016; photo credit: Anne Mary Schaefer (pawpawrazzipetphotography.com)

Local author and environmentalist Jeanne Jackson speaks out against the “Dogwood” logging plan in the floodplain of the Gualala River. Ms. Jackson writes the popular weekly “Mendonoma Sightings” column in the Independent Coast Observer as well as the blog, MendonomaSightings.com. She is also the author of Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year: The Fascinating World of Nature on the Mendocino/Sonoma Coast, …

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Last Stands: North Coast timber conflict flares up—again

Bohemian: Trouble in Timberland

by Will Parrish, North Bay Bohemian, July 27, 2016 [excerpt:] . . . In this story, we highlight several timber-industry fights playing out in the North Coast. These sorts of struggles will shape the long-term well-being of rural economies, the health of local ecosystems and the well-being of indigenous cultures. . . . LOGGING THE GUALALA FLOODPLAIN Last year, Gualala …

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Photos of “Rally for the River” – July 16, 2016

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

We counted 180 – 200 participants, with dozens of spontaneously prepared hand-made signs and artwork. Speakers included Jeanne Jackson, Eric Wilder, Charlie Ivor, Larry Hanson, Peter Baye and Noreen Evans.                     See also, video: Jeanne Jackson speaks at the Rally for the River

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A Plan to Log Century-Old Redwoods Could Set a Bad Precedent

90-100 year old redwood tree marked for cutting in Gualala River floodplain; Dogwood4

Environmentalists argue a California agency approved a 330-acre logging project that could damage sensitive floodplain habitat. July 15, 2016, by Taylor Hill, copyright © 2016 TakePart [excerpt:] This time, it’s not iconic old-growth redwood groves facing the ax along California’s northern coast, but the trees that are slated for logging are nearly as environmentally important, conservationists contend. Last week, Cal …

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Plan To Log Century-Old Redwood Trees On California Coast Prompts Lawsuit Threat

by Associated Press, Thursday, July 14, 2016 [excerpt:] Opponents of a logging plan that includes century-old redwood trees have notified California forestry officials that they plan to sue unless the state rescinds its approval of the project. . . . The groups says the “Dogwood” timber harvest plan along the lower Gualala River will degrade floodplain habitat for plants and …

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Environmental groups poised to sue over 400-acre logging project along Gualala River

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, July 13, 2016 [excerpt:] Foes of a plan to log hundreds of acres of timberland along the lower Gualala River, including century-old redwood trees, have notified state forestry officials they intend to sue over the project unless the state rescinds its approval. The official notice, submitted Friday to Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott, came …

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Rally for the River: Saturday, July 16 at 11am

Rally for the River: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11am

There will be a Community Protest Rally at Gualala Point Regional Park on Saturday July 16, from 11 am to noon. Sonoma County Parks has waived the entrance fee for this event. Enter the park on the west side of Highway One. Just after the pay station, there is a parking area called the Salal parking area. We will congregate …

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Why river floodplains are key to preserving nature and biodiversity in the western US

Toklat River, sandybrownjensen/flickr, CC BY-SA

by Ric Hauer, Professor of Limnology, The University of Montana Copyright © 2016, The Conversation US, Inc. [excerpt:] Although they may not commonly be viewed as hotspots for biodiversity, gravel-bed river floodplains are by far the most important feature for nature across the landscapes of western North America. This is because gravel-bed rivers disproportionately create high diversity of habitats, concentrate …

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