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Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

1. Coast Redwood Reaching for the Light

genus  Sequoia, family Cupressaceae (cypress) An Unparalleled Species The most iconic tree species in our region is the Coast Redwood. [Photo 1.] Its presence in the Gualala River watershed is deeply historic, it is a species central to the ecology and economy here, and it is perhaps the most remarkable tree species on earth. Redwoods are the tallest beings on …

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Introduction: Native Trees of the Gualala River Watershed

Gualala River riparian forest

INTRODUCTION TO A NEW MONTHLY FEATURE: NATIVE TREES OF THE GUALALA RIVER WATERSHED January, 2018 Trees are the predominant terrestrial feature of the Gualala River watershed. They account for the largest biomass in the watershed and cover a third of its nearly 300 square miles. How we think about them–their beauty, their importance to the natural systems of the planet, …

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Donate to Friends of Gualala River

The Gualala River lagoon, by Mike Nelson

Love Locally! Please consider a year-end donation to Friends of Gualala River Your year-end support of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) on local issues will make your dollars go the farthest and have a direct benefit for your local community. In this brief end-of-the-year outreach for your support, FoGR thanks you for what you have done this past year to …

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FoGR comments on THP 1-15-042 SON “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan

2017 11 26 FoGR Comments on resubmitted Dogwood THP

Attention: Forest Practice California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 135 Ridgeway Ave, Santa Rosa, California 95401 santarosapubliccomments@calfire.ca.gov Subject: THP 1-15-042 SON – “Dogwood,” Reopened Public Comment Period Date: November 26, 2017 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 …

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Subject matter experts’ comments on “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan

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

Comment letters on the “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan (THP 1-15-042-SON), submitted on behalf of Friends of Gualala River by subject matter experts: Download: Letter by Tom Gaman, CA Registered Professional Forester and ARB Forest Carbon Verifier; Letter by Greg Kamman, CA Registered Geologist & Certified Hydrogeologist; Letter by Stacy Li, Ph.D., professional aquatic biologist. Our sincere thanks to these experts …

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Nov. 2017 Letter from botanist Peter Baye re: “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

November 26, 2017 SUBJECT: THP 1-15-042 SON (Gualala Redwoods Timber LLC “Dogwood” THP, reopened public comment) CAL FIRE Forest Practice Program: Attached are my comment letters on the original and recirculated THP versions for the “Dogwood” Timber Harvest Plan 1-15-042, from 2015-2016. I am resubmitting these comments for the resubmitted THP of the same file number, which is substantially the …

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Flood Prone Area Considerations in the Coast Redwood Zone

Flood Prone Area Considerations in the Coast Redwood Zone, by CDF (2005)

November 2005 written by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CAL FIRE) Click on the title page below to download the full document in pdf format: Flood Prone Area Considerations in the Coast Redwood Zone, by CDF (2005)   Original source: http://cal-fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/downloads/RiparianProtComWhitePaperfinal.pdf

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Here’s how you can comment on the revised ‘Dogwood’ floodplain logging plan

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

We are sorry to report that Gualala Redwood Timber (GRT), has decided to resubmit the Timber Harvest Plan called “Dogwood,” located in the floodplain of the Gualala River — the one we have been protesting and fighting for two years. We knew that winning in court didn’t save the Gualala River floodplain. The judge, in essence, told GRT they had …

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We Speak for the River

The Gualala River lagoon, by Mike Nelson

How a Northern California community halted a plan to log old coast redwood trees in the Gualala River floodplain by Jeanne Jackson Published in Wild Hope magazine Fall, 2017 re-printed with permission The Gualala River empties into the Pacific Ocean at the border between Sonoma and Mendocino counties on the northern California coast. It is a wild river with no …

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Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan resubmitted to Cal-Fire by Gualala Redwood Timber

Rally for the River

We are very sorry to report that Gualala Redwood Timber (GRT), owned by the Burch family, has decided to resubmit the Timber Harvest Plan called “Dogwood,” the one we have been protesting and fighting for two years. We knew that winning in court didn’t save the Gualala River floodplain. The judge, in essence, told GRT they had to take into …

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“Dogwood” timber harvest plan lawsuit ends with logging permit vacated by CAL FIRE; most of 400 acres of Gualala River floodplain redwood forest left intact

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

Friends of Gualala River Forest Unlimited California Native Plant Society MEDIA RELEASE Date: September 26, 2017 The lawsuit to stop logging the Gualala River floodplain redwood forest tract in the “Dogwood” timber harvest plan (THP) is over. CAL FIRE was ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court to vacate (revoke) the Gualala Redwood Timber Company timber harvest plan on April 18, …

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Thursday, September 14: Presentation by Chris Kelly of The Conservation Fund

Chris Kelly, California program director for The Conservation Fund

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:30 to 8:00 p.m Gualala Arts Center 46501 Old State Highway Join us for a FREE community presentation by Chris Kelly on The Conservation Fund’s 14,000 acre Gualala River Forest and 21,000 acre Buckeye Forest (formerly “Preservation Ranch”). Discussion Topics Include: Public Access Carbon Credits and California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Sustainable Forestry vs. Conventional Forestry Chris Kelly, …

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Gualala River in June – Photo Calendar

A Humpback Whale breaches, by Ron LeValley

← Previous: Gualala River in May Next: Gualala River in July (coming soon)→                         All photos used with permission. Our sincere thanks to all of the photographers for sharing their photos with us!

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Gualala River in May – Photo Calendar

Baby Blue Eyes, by Bonney Ely

← Previous: Gualala River in April Next: Gualala River in June →                         All photos used with permission. Our sincere thanks to all of the photographers for sharing their photos with us!

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Gualala River in April – Photo Calendar

An Osprey snags a fish, by John Batchelder

← Previous: Gualala River in Winter Next: Gualala River in May → Springtime brings new life in and around the Gualala River by Jeanne A. Jackson After the winter rains, the Gualala River usually is closed off from the Pacific Ocean by a big sandbar. When the river closes, the water backs up into the lagoon and upriver, bringing perfect …

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Sonoma County Superior Court awards attorney fees for lawsuit over floodplain redwood logging in Gualala River “Dogwood” timber harvest plan

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

Friends of Gualala River Forest Unlimited California Native Plant Society MEDIA RELEASE Date: June 29, 2017 After halting logging in the environmentally sensitive mature floodplain redwood forest of the lower Gualala River, Judge René Chouteau of Sonoma County Superior Court awarded $162,000 in attorney’s fees to the successful parties in environmental litigation over CAL FIRE’s approval of the Dogwood Timber …

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Disputed Gualala River logging plan stalled pending revised study

Gualala River riparian forest

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, June 20, 2017 [excerpt:] A disputed 2-year-old plan to log along several miles of the Gualala River floodplain remains in limbo five months after a Sonoma County judge nullified its approval and sent it back to state forestry officials for revision and additional public review. Acting on a lawsuit brought by environmental groups, Superior …

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Towering, remote Sonoma County forest preserved

Howlett Forest map

by J.D. Morris, The Press Democrat, May 7, 2017 [excerpt:] Deep in northwestern Sonoma County’s thickly forested mountains, about 10 miles from the coast and a world away from the bustle of any population center, Mike Young walked beneath a towering canopy of redwood and Douglas fir trees he’s come to know well over the past several decades. He was …

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Gualala River in Winter – Photo Calendar

Deer reflected in the Gualala River - by Rick Denniston

← Previous: Gualala River in Fall (coming soon) Next: Gualala River in April → 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. …

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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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