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Mill Bend in Conservation Hands

The yellow lines in this photo show the approximate boundaries of the Mill Bend (lower left) and Lower Mill Bend properties. Photo courtesy the Mill Bend Coalition.

by John Walton   In the fall of 2017, the Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) working group considered a proposal to engage the community in a discussion regarding the 112 acre Mill Bend Properties, including the estuary of the river, that had recently been offered for sale for the first time in nearly 70 years. FoGR’s Board suggested presenting the …

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2019 Donors to Friends of Gualala River

Rally for the River

We include here a list of donors to Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) throughout 2019. If you join this group for 2020, you’ll enjoy and appreciate the company of others who care about protecting our river. We can guarantee this reward! Allemal Foundation Anonymous Robin Applegarth Barbara Baer Laura Baker Christina Batt Tempra Board Mary Boyvey Ellen Brown Craig Brestrup …

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More floodplain logging – the “Little” THP

Little THP

Update – November, 2019: Added Pre-Harvest Inspection report by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the attached “Revised Flood Prone Area Assessment of the Little THP” and two maps from that attachment. Also added a letter from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) commenting on the Little THP. — see below. Gualala Redwoods Timber has submitted another floodplain logging …

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Redwood Coast Land Conservancy buying 112 acres near Gualala River and regional park

The yellow lines in this photo show the approximate boundaries of the Mill Bend (lower left) and Lower Mill Bend properties. Photo courtesy the Mill Bend Coalition.

by Mary Callahan, The Press Democrat, November 4, 2019 [excerpt:] A 112-acre swath of land just inside the mouth of the Gualala River, including 13 acres of river frontage adjacent to Gualala Point Regional Park, is on its way to permanent preservation for public recreation and habitat conservation. Long sought by the community to improve public access to the river …

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Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good

Gualala River floodplain redwood forest

Climate change and its consequences are arguably the biggest existential threat to mankind and life on earth. Any foreseeable levels of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will not be enough to meet the conservative 2.0º C target that climate scientists say is needed. We need to increase carbon sequestration in existing forests, wetlands and soils. This study points to conserving …

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Gualala River park idea garners 1,100 signatures

Redwood tree marked for logging in Dogwood THP, photo by Chris Poehlmann

and 3,000 signatures oppose third Dogwood logging plan by W. W. Keller news@mendonoma.com May 31, 2019 © copyright 2019, Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA reprinted with permission The Gualala River Park Coalition, a grassroots environmental organization, has collected more than 1,100 signatures from people who would rather turn the Gualala River floodplain into a public park than see its redwoods …

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Students Protecting the Coast

ACORN Partners in Education’s Students Protecting the Coast program with Pacific Community Charter School 6th-8th grade students and Friends of Gualala River.

ACORN Partners in Education’s Students Protecting the Coast program with Pacific Community Charter School 6th-8th grade students and Friends of Gualala River.

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Dogwood floodplain logging plan reopened for public comment

Gualala River floodplain

CAL FIRE has reopened the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan (THP 1-15-042-SON) once again for public comment. Friends of Gualala River’s (FoGR) preliminary assessment of the recirculated Dogwood THP is presented in summary form below, for consideration by any citizen or organization preparing comments on the recirculated THP. FoGR encourages all commenters to independently read and assess relevant parts of the …

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Dear Supporters of Friends of Gualala River

FoGR Public Forum, March 2019

  Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) held a successful Public Forum recently. One of the highlights was the presentation of the importance of the Gualala River’s floodplain by Dr. Peter Baye. If you missed the Forum, you can download a pdf version of Peter’s slideshow presentation. Peggy Berryhill of KGUA radio also recorded some of Peter’s presentation that night, though …

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Tues, March 5: Friends of Gualala River invites you to a Public Forum

FoGR Public Forum - March 5, 2019

  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5 to 7 p.m. Gualala Community Center 47950 Center St., Gualala, CA 95445 You are invited to join members of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) at a Public Forum at the Gualala Community Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. Jeanne Jackson, author of Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year, and ICO …

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Major Landslide on Wheatfield Fork, Gualala River, closes Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road

Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, west of landslide near Soda Springs site (USGS map place-name). March 3, 2019.

  February 26-27, 2019, flood triggered a major landslide on the Wheatfield Fork, Gualala River, above and below Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road. The large landslide occurred on steep north-facing slopes near the Soda Springs site (USGS map place-name), near the east end of Fuller Mountain, approximately 2.5 air miles east of the Annapolis Road bridge. The landslide extends from about …

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Steelhead spawning in Fuller Creek

  Fuller Creek, South Fork, is running almost clear on March 3, 2019, less than a week after the record-breaking 14” rainfall on February 26-27, 2019.   A large adult steelhead, about 18” long, was sighted at the west end of Buckeye Forest (formerly Preservation Ranch). It survived the intense floods that scoured the banks of the creek to levels …

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Gualala River in full flood: Wheatfield Fork

Feb 27, 2019: Wheatfield Fork Gualala River, Valley Crossing, Annapolis Road; view to west, north side. The floodplain riparian woodland here is deeply submerged, about 5 feet or more.

More river flood action photos. In this set: the Wheatfield Fork. Includes floodplain submergence (deeper than mid-February) at Twin Bridges, showing the Dogwood THP Haul Road covered in mud. Also shows Annapolis Road Bridge at Clark’s Crossing with log and wood debris on top, for the first time in decades!              

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Gualala River in full flood: South Fork & river mouth

Feb 27, 2019: South Fork Gualala River, Valley Crossing, Annapolis Road, view upstream. The large log and woody debris jam present in mid-February is blown out by the higher flood of Feb. 26-27.

  Below are a few photos that show some unusual flood features at the river mouth…. not just the spit erosion, but it’s transformation into a shallow submerged bar outlined by breakers oblique to the shoreline, extending offshore! This is temporary, forced by the river jet, against the shoreline configuration waves normally establish.    

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Gualala River estuary & bridge during heavy rain

Gualala River estuary during 'atmospheric river' (Feb. 26, 2019), photo by Jeanne Jackson

Here are some photos of the the Gualala River estuary & Highway 1 bridge during the heavy rains of the recent (Feb. 25-26, 2019) ‘atmospheric river’ event. The river is over its banks on both sides — the campgrounds on both sides of the river are flooded, as is Mill Bend and the Gualala Point Regional Park land across from …

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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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Protecting the Gualala River watershed & the species that rely on it

The Gualala River lagoon, by Mike Nelson

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) would appreciate your continued, or perhaps new, enthusiastic support. Please aid our efforts to protect the river and its forests, speed their recovery, fight global warming impacts, and thus, most important, help preserve wild places for future generations. A good introduction starts with our mission statement: FoGR’s goal is to protect the Gualala River watershed …

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Gualala River Watershed Impacts: A Broader Perspective

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

A message from Larry Hanson, president of Forest Unlimited, an environmental organization based in Sonoma County, which has worked closely with Friends of Gualala River for many years. Forest Unlimited has been interested in the Gualala River watershed since its inception as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1995. When we were forming our organization for forest protection, we noted that …

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Conservationist bids on Mill Bend

Mill Bend, photo by Bill Oxford

by W.W. Keller news@mendonoma.com © copyright 2018, Independent Coast Observer reprinted with permission The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy and the Mendocino Land Trust announced on Thursday, Nov. 8, that an offer to buy the Mill Bend property in Gualala by an unidentified conservation buyer, has been accepted. The deal includes both the Mill Bend and the Lower Mill Bend parcels. …

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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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