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“Defending Biodiversity: The Role of Public Interest Advocacy and Litigation” at Gualala Arts Center, Thursday, November 15, 2012

Friends of the Gualala River will host two staff members of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) who will discuss the role of public interest advocacy and litigation in defending biodiversity at Gualala Arts Center on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. EPIC and FoGR both use an integrated, science-based approach that combines public education, citizen advocacy and strategic litigation. …

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Artesa & Preservation Ranch Vineyard Conversion Update

Sea Ranch Forum Saturday, November 3 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Del Mar Center The Sea Ranch Local environmental groups have raised concerns about two major vineyard conversion projects that could significantly impact Gualala River stream flows, water quality and habitat for wildlife, including endangered salmon and steelhead. Chris Poehlmann, right, with fellow environmentalist Peter Baye (Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles …

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FoGR sponsors Art in the Redwoods Festival award

“Fallen Giant” Photograph by Scott Chieffo receives the Environmental Art Award sponsored by Friends of the Gualala River at the 2012 Art in the Redwoods Fine Arts Exhibit “Fallen Giant” – photo by Scott Chieffo Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR) sponsored an award at the Art in the Redwoods Festival in 2012, for the eleventh year in a row. …

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Blessing of the Gualala River

Eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India returned to our coastal communities for the fourth time in May, 2011. The monks are from one of three Tibetan refugee resettlement communities which were set up in India to accept refugees who were fleeing Tibet after the Chinese invasion of 1959, where over one million Tibetans were …

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Investigative reporter Will Parrish: “The North Coast Wine Industry: Draining Our Rivers Dry”

Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:00 p.m. Gualala Arts Center Investigative reporter Will Parrish will discuss his controversial recent series for the Anderson Valley Advertiser on the ecological toll of California’s wine industry, with a special emphasis on rapacious vineyard development in the Gualala River watershed. Summary In the past two decades, as the regional economies of the North Bay, North …

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Transition Town Movement

Transition Town Movement Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:00 p.m. Gualala Arts Center Featuring a talk by Mendocino Transition Town Movement leader Charles Cresson Wood. The purpose of the event is to explore the Transition Town Movement – how it has expanded in neighboring communities, around the US, and around the world – in light of starting such an effort on …

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Biologist Brock Dolman: “Thinking like a Watershed”

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:00 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala Occidental Arts and Ecology Center biologist and educator, Brock Dolman will offer a series of slide images and interpretation about water, watersheds, human development patterns and restoration ideas that support regenerative ecological integrity and instream flows for salmonids. Water is the ‘element of life’ on Planet Water …

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Natural History Walk at Gualala Point

Saturday, April 10, 2010 Gualala Point Park We’ll start off the day at 8:30 a.m. with a birding / Coastal National Monument walk led by Richard Kuehn and Rich Trissel. We can have a short break with coffee and snacks at the Visitor Center. Then at 10:30 a.m. we will begin a field trip to the beach, lagoon, estuary and …

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Biologist Richard W. DeHaven: “Gualala River: On its Deathbed or Verge of a Miracle?”

Protecting steelhead & coho: new Gualala gravel mining permit Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:00 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala John McKeon, staff fish biologist with National Marine Fisheries Service, will discuss how steelhead and coho conservation occurs through the federal permit process – including its limitations and assumptions – using the Gualala River instream gravel mining permit …

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Eliza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber: September 18 at Arena Theater

click to download poster 380 KB Eliza Gilkyson will perform with Nina Gerber at the Arena Theater on Friday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. as a benefit for Friends of the Gualala River. Tickets are $20 online at ArenaTheater.org and at these local vendors: Gualala: Four-Eyed Frog Books and The Sea Trader Point Arena: Arena Market, DuPont’s and Fogeaters Fort …

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Community Benefit for Friends of the Gualala River: August 22 at Annapolis Winery

Saturday, August 22, 2009 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Annapolis Winery Annapolis, CA You are invited to join Friends of the Gualala River at the Annapolis Winery for our annual fund-raising party. Saturday, August 22, 2009 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Annapolis Winery 26055 Soda Springs Road corner of Annapolis Rd & Soda Springs Rd Suggested donation $20 Enjoy a beautiful summer …

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FoGR sponsors Art in the Redwoods Festival award

“The Last Hurdle” Photograph by Rozanne Rapozo wins Friends of the Gualala River’s Environmental Award at the 2008 Art in the Redwoods Festival “The Last Hurdle” by Rozanne Rapozo Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR) sponsored an award at the Art in the Redwoods Festival in 2008, for the seventh year in a row. A cash prize contributed by the …

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The American West at Risk: Jane Nielson and Howard Wilshire discuss their new book

The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States – America’s legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, …

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Protecting streamflow: Presentation by Dr. Matt Deitch

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala Friends of the Gualala River presents a public program featuring Matthew Deitch, Ph.D. from the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration. “If the steelhead and coho that were once abundant in coastal California are to have any chance of recovering in the 21st Century, agencies and stakeholders …

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Slide show at Horicon School

Annapolis (Sonoma County, California) Friends of the Gualala River presented a natural history digital slide show of the Gualala River and its watershed, wildlife, and vegetation, to the kindergarten through fourth grade classes of Horicon School in Annapolis, on Friday, February 8, 2008. The slide show followed the path of a helicopter “field trip” of the lower Gualala River, featuring …

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FoGR sponsors Art in the Redwoods Festival award

Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR) sponsored an award at the Art in the Redwoods festival in 2007, for the sixth year in a row. A cash prize of $100 contributed by the Friends of the Gualala River was given to the artist who best captured the ecology of the Gualala River watershed.Congratulations to local artist Bruce Jones for his …

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Manchester School Receives FoGR Environmental Grant

From Manchester School Friends of the Gualala River awarded Manchester School its first grant to help develop a system of nature paths and outdoor classrooms on the school campus. Randy Sinclair presents FoGR’s first ‘Eco-Hero’ award to Cindy Gonzales, principal of Manchester SchoolThe nature trail, with a raised walkway and meeting areas for classes, is a significant component of the …

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