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Gualala River floodplain in action

Wheatfield Fork bridge downstream, Feb 2019

February 14, 2019 After the heavy rains of the recent ‘atmospheric river’ event, the Gualala River floodplain (threatened by the Dogwood logging plan) is doing its job.       South Fork bridge (Twin Bridges, Annapolis Road):  Large log and debris jams on the upstream side, and downstream to the confluence with Wheatfield Fork. The willows on the opposite bank …

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Not The Final Update on the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan Saga

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

This December, 2018 update details where FoGR is at the end of a tumultuous year of persistence. Everyone involved in the legal battles to protect the Gualala River floodplain should heave a sigh of relief, but not too deeply, for the struggles continue. Here we learn what may be next and why FoGR folks have to remain steady and vigilant. …

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A Christmas Wish

California Red-legged frog, by Roberta Chan

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer December 21, 2018 I have always regarded California as being in the forefront of environmental awareness and protection. However, after moving to Gualala 5 years ago and seeing the repeated attempts at logging in the floodplain of the Gualala River, I have been saddened by this disregard for the health …

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Magic Forest

Gualala River floodplain

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer December 7, 2018 We would like to add our voices to those who are calling for the expansion of the regional park into the Magic Forest along the Gualala floodplain. There are so many reasons why this visionary plan would create the greatest good for the greatest number. From an …

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Help the River

Gualala River in fog

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 30, 2018 The Gualala River needs our help. The other rivers in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties have their floodplains — and much more — protected. But our Gualala River’s floodplain still could be logged by the Burch family that owns it. Indeed, they have tried twice to log it …

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GUALALA RIVER: Vision and Mission — a sonnet

The Gualala River at dusk - by Craig Tooley

A sonnet, included in a letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 30, 2018 And were you there two hundred years ago, small green island set in wide mouth of our Gualala River that now is shallow and slow? “No,” answer those slim young redwoods that tower above its banks. “This river then was mighty, a …

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A Golden Opportunity

Wild & scenic Gualala River runs thorough Dogwood - 5416

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 16, 2018 With the exciting news of the Mill Bend property in escrow to a conservation buyer, we see a golden opportunity to further protect the Gualala River for the benefit of everyone. The vast stretch of flat land along the south side of the river, from Gualala Point …

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Sonoma County Superior Court rules in favor of Friends of Gualala River’s second lawsuit over the “Dogwood” floodplain timber harvest plan

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

Media Release October 19, 2018 Sonoma County Superior Court once again has ruled in favor of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) in its lawsuit against CAL FIRE’s approval of logging of coastal floodplain redwood forest in hundreds of acres of the Wild and Scenic Gualala River. The controversial “Dogwood” timber harvest plan (THP) proposed by Gualala Redwoods Timber LLC has …

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Old-growth redwoods in Gualala watershed acquired by Save the Redwoods League

McApin old-growth, photo by Mike Shoys

Family’s legendary grove of old-growth redwoods preserved by Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, June 26, 2018 [excerpt:] A sprawling forest of ancient coastal redwoods in Sonoma County — a grove so magnificent it matches the majesty of Muir Woods National Monument — is being acquired under a land deal that will ensure its protection and allow the public to walk …

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Sonoma County Court again halts logging in second “Dogwood” timber harvest plan lawsuit: Gualala River floodplain redwood forest left intact for now

Wild and Scenic reach of the lower Gualala River on the bank opposite Dogwood THP area, 2016

Media Release June 7, 2018 Sonoma County Superior Court has once again granted a preliminary injunction to put the start of logging on hold in the 100-year-old redwood forest of the Gualala River floodplain, located in northwest Sonoma County and southwest Mendocino County. On June 5, 2018, Judge René Chouteau issued a tentative order granting a motion for preliminary injunction …

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Interview with hydrologist Greg Kamman on KZYX

KZYX logo

Listen to hydrologist Greg Kamman, who was interviewed by Hope McKenney on KZYX on May 15, 2018. “A controversial plan to log miles of the Gualala River floodplain, is back on track, after being on hold for a number of years. Opponents of the plan previously thwarted attempts to log the area by convincing a judge the timber harvest plan …

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Gualala logging dispute heats up after state’s green light

Redwood forest targeted for logging in Gualala River floodplain; Dogwood2

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, April 19, 2018 [excerpt:] A controversial plan to log miles of Gualala River floodplain, including nearly century-old redwood trees just outside Gualala Point Regional Park, is back on track, setting the stage for a showdown in court or perhaps among the trees themselves. Charll Stoneman, forest manager for Gualala Redwood Timber, which owns the …

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STOP “Dogwood” floodplain logging plan! Revised version as bad as original

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

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR), along with Forest Unlimited, is taking legal action against the resubmitted Timber Harvest Plan “Dogwood,” the THP that would log in the floodplain of the Gualala River. CAL FIRE approved this THP on March 30, 2018. Dogwood contains the largest tracts of mature redwoods in floodplains, beginning at the boundary of Gualala Point Regional Park’s …

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Trees older than America: a primeval Alaskan forest is at risk in the Trump era

Photo: Aerial view of Tongass National Forest: Alan Wu / Flickr Creative Commons

Tongass is the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, with trees more than 1,000 years old. But a pro-logging effort could uproot them by Brendan Jones in Sitka, Alaska Published by The Guardian, March 22, 2018   [Excerpt:] At south-east Alaska’s last industrial-scale sawmill, wheel loaders stack debarked logs two storeys high on the frozen ground. A bumper sticker on a …

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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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