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Massive floodplain logging plan for lower Gualala River threatens wetlands, rare plants & endangered wildlife

Gualala River floodplain

by Peter Baye, Friends of Gualala River The lower Gualala River has a wide meandering floodplain rich in wetlands, mature productive riparian redwood forests and highly diverse riparian habitats supporting many special-status plant, fish, and wildlife species. “Flood prone” redwood forests are supposed to be protected by avoidance of logging disturbances under special salmonid protection rules under the Forest Practices …

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Letters from Forest Unlimited on Gualala River Logging Plans

Comment letters from Dr. John W. Cruz, Forest Unlimited Logging Review Program Manager, regarding the “Dogwood” and “Apple” logging plans: Click on the image above to download a pdf version of the letter.     Click on the image above to download a pdf version of the letter.

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Family timber firm buys Gualala Redwoods lands

Gualala Redwoods, Inc. (GRI) said Tuesday it signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement to transfer the majority of its timberland holdings in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties to the Burch family of San Jose. According to Henry Alden, senior vice president of GRI, under the terms of the agreement, GRI will sell approximately 29,000 acres to the Burch family, representing …

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Gualala Redwoods Inc. puts 30,000-acre property up for sale

Gualala River estuary

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, November 25, 2014 [excerpt:] Nearly 30,000 acres timberland straddling the Sonoma-Mendocino county border and stretching across the mouth of the Gualala River have been put on the auction block, creating what conservationists are calling a prime opportunity for a landmark preservation deal that could permanently protect and restore a giant swath of forest, allow …

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Thursday, June 12 – Author-Activist Greg King at Gualala Arts Center

Greg King in Maxxam-held All Species Grove, 1987.

The Ghost Forest — Radicals and Real Estate in the California Redwoods A Personal History of the Ancient Redwood Ecosystem and the Struggles to Protect It Historical Presentation by Humboldt Author-Activist Greg King Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Gualala Arts Center 46501 Gualala Rd Gualala, CA 95445 Greg King is an award-winning and nationally published Humboldt County writer …

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The Time is Now to Protect Our Trees in Sonoma County

The Forest

by Kimberly Burr October, 2013 Redwood Needles Sierra Club Redwood Chapter newsletter “Exporting Wine to China” was the title of a recent conference in Napa, one of many promoting sales of California wine to virtually unlimited markets. This is an indication that the making of local wines is being overtaken by big business with its characteristic disregard for the web …

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Redwoods thriving as climate changes – Press Democrat

The Forest

by Matt Brown August 14, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] There is finally some good news from environmental scientists studying climate change: as the earth gets warmer, ancient redwood trees are thriving. The huge trees that dot the California coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains soak up carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, keeping the potentially harmful greenhouse gas …

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Sonoma Deal Aims to Combine Logging and Preservation

by Laird Harrison June 4, 2013 KQED [excerpt:] Can you preserve a forest by logging it? A land conservation group thinks so. The Conservation Fund announced Monday that, along with some partners, it had acquired 19,645 acres of forest in Sonoma County. The land had been slated for planting vineyards. Preservation Ranch will become part of a larger swath of …

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Sonoma County redwood forest spared from conversion into vineyards

by Louis Sahagun June 4, 2013 Los Angeles Times [excerpt:] . . . Opponents organized under the banner Friends of the Gualala River mounted a campaign against the CalPERS-funded company that included street theater tactics and an online petition signed by 90,000 critics of the development project. Chris Poehlmann, an environmental activist and specialist in designing interactive museum exhibits, appeared …

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End Clearcutting in California

Thursday, March 21 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Gualala Arts Center Friends of the Gualala River hosts Karen Maki of the Sierra Club, with a presentation, “End Clearcutting in California,” on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gualala Arts Center. Clearcutting threatens California communities and environment All Californians deserve clean air and water, healthy forests and a sustainable economy. …

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Clearcutting in California

“Clearcutting in California”  a video production by Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) Clearcuts – More than Ugly Clearcutting harms the forest ecosystem in numerous ways. Clearcutting first removes all the profitable sawlog-sized trees on a clearcut site. Then most clearcuts are bulldozed after logging to strip the site of bushes, young trees, or other plants that might compete with …

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Cumulative Effects of Logging Linked to Coho Decline

Ten-Mile-River

by Rob DiPerna Environmental Protection Information Center January, 2013 [excerpt:] Throughout the north and central California coast, Coho salmon are teetering on the brink of oblivion. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, 85-90 percent of remaining Coho population in the Central California Coast ESU occurs in watersheds with privately managed forestlands. The 2011 Central California Coast Coho Recovery Plan …

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Conservation easement will protect 14,000 acres of Gualala River Forest

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The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved the proposed $19M conservation easement for the Gualala River Forest at its meeting on September 13, 2011 in Sacramento. The easement will be held by The Conservation Fund, which already holds similar easements protecting large parcels in the nearby Garcia River, Big River & Salmon Creek watersheds and the Usal Redwood Forest. click to …

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Gualala River Forest Conservation Easement: Letter for August, 2011

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Conservation easement to protect 14,000 acres of Gualala River Forest The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has scheduled consideration of the proposed $19M conservation easement for the Gualala River Forest for its meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Sacramento. The easements will be held by The Conservation Fund, which already holds similar easements protecting large parcels in the nearby Garcia …

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Tribe buys coastal forest in Humboldt County

Yurok-land

[excerpt:] Klamath, CA — A large land acquisition project was completed today on California’s Redwood Coast to conserve habitat, restore water quality and reestablish indigenous territory along the lower Klamath River. The Yurok Tribe, working with the nonprofit Western Rivers Conservancy, completed purchase of 22,237 acres from Green Diamond Resource Company in Humboldt County. The land, part of the Yurok’s …

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Bower logging plan lawsuit: press release

For Immediate Release. February 8, 2010Contacts: Friends of the Gualala River John Holland, 707-886-5355Center for Biological Diversity Justin Augustine, 415-436-9682 x302Coast Action Group Alan Levine, 707-542-4408 Lawsuit Filed to Protect Old Growth Redwoods on the Gualala River San Francisco – Three conservation groups, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Gualala River and Coast Action Group, filed suit against …

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Bower logging plan: Legal Petition

Center for Biological Diversity Friends of the Gualala River and Coast Action Group vs. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and California Department of Fish and Game Petition by Justin J. Augustine et al February 5, 2010 Introduction The Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Gualala River, and Coast Action Group (“Petitioners”) challenge the decision of the California …

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Forestry: Press Articles

Independent Coast Observer 09/02/05 Gualala planning council members take a tour of working forests 01/09/04 Forest panel hears Haupt Creek appeal 08/08/03 Haupt Creek redwood grove wins reprieve 05/02/03 Haupt Creek grove wins a new inspection 04/11/03 Why local old growth redwood matters 04/04/03 Libeu will show aerial pictures of Gualala River 03/28/03 Forestry exemption bill draws opposition 03/21/03 Sudden …

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