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Starhawk speaks about proposed Artesa Winery deforestation

Starhawk is author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality. She is a peace, environmental, and global justice activist and trainer, a permaculture designer and teacher, a Pagan and Witch. She wrote the neo-pagan classic “The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess” and is a columnist for On Faith, the …

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Native American gives moving speech about land to be bulldozed for vineyard

Kashaya Pomo Eric Wilder gives a moving speech about the tribe’s historical land that is set to be bulldozed for a vineyard owned by the Spanish company Codorniu. For additional information, see: Artesa Sonoma forest-to-vineyard conversion CAL FIRE has approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Artesa Winery’s controversial plan to clear-cut 154 acres of coastal redwood forest to plant …

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Interview with resident of Annapolis asking Artesa to stop!

Annapolis resident Nancy Dew talks about Artesa Winery, which is owned by the the giant Spanish wine corporation Codorníu, and which has permits in place right now to clear-cut coastal redwoods and put in a vineyard that would share a border with her property and destroy her water supply. For additional information, see: Artesa Sonoma forest-to-vineyard conversion CAL FIRE has …

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A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine – October, 2013, NPR

by Alastair Bland October 18, 2013 NPR blog “The Salt” Environmental groups are fighting to stop the leveling of 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. [excerpt:] In the California wine mecca of Sonoma County, climate change is pitting redwood lovers against red wine lovers. This Friday morning, a coalition of environmental groups are …

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Chainsaw Wine – October, 2013, North Bay Bohemian

Another winery wants to clearcut redwoods to plant vineyards—and this time, the courts might actually allow it by Alastair Bland October 16, 2013 North Bay Bohemian Redwood and manzanita at the fenced east end of the Artesa-Sonoma property in Annapolis. [excerpt:] There is no forest among the trees. That’s what state officials have said regarding a large stand of second-growth …

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Gualala River Alchemy at Annapolis Winery, August 24, 2013

Saturday, August 24 1:00 p.m. Annapolis Winery We will attempt to change Chainsaw Wine into water! Be there at the first, fun kick-off event in a public campaign to convince the third largest corporate winery in the world to spare 154 acres of Gualala River’s redwood forest from the chainsaw. They plan to clear-cut more than a million board-feet of …

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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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Work shut down at controversial Sebastopol vineyard project – June, 2013, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

by Jeremy Hay June 28, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] Winemaker Paul Hobbs has been ordered to stop work on his controversial orchard-to-vineyard conversion near Sebastopol after inspectors found that hundreds of yards of blackberry bushes and bay laurel had been cleared illegally from a protected zone above a creek. “It’s a very serious violation of their permit,” said …

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Preservation Ranch saved in record deal – June, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

by Peter Fimrite June 14, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle [excerpt:] A giant redwood forest in Sonoma County that was on the verge of being divvied up and plowed over into a patchwork of vineyards has been preserved by a public-private partnership that engineered what is being touted as the largest land conservation deal in California history. . . . “It …

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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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Preservation Ranch Earns Its Name

The Conservation Fund purchases nearly 20,000 acres of timberland and creates the largest protected working forest in California June 3, 2013 The Conservation Fund [excerpt:] In a high-profile win for forestry, a public-private partnership led by The Conservation Fund has completed the largest conservation project in the history of Sonoma County. Together with its partners, the Fund has purchased and …

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Preservation Ranch officially preserved – May, 2013, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

by Brett Wilkison May 31, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] Nearly 20,000 acres of remote forest once targeted for vineyard development in remote northwest Sonoma County will be set aside as timberland and wildlife habitat under a landmark conservation deal that closed Friday. The property commonly called Preservation Ranch near the town of Annapolis is now owned by The …

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Who Saved Preservation Ranch? – May, 2013

by Larry Hanson May, 2013 Sonoma County Gazette Now that the coastal forest area called Preservation Ranch has been officially saved, there will be some backslapping and congratulating going on over this success. And there should. The effort of changing some twenty thousand acres from a land development project into conservation status takes the work and love of many individuals …

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Supervisors approve landmark deal to purchase Preservation Ranch – May 7, 2013, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

by Brett Wilkison May 7, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] Sonoma County supervisors hailed a landmark conservation deal Tuesday as they unanimously approved $4 million in open space dollars to help with the $24.5 million purchase of Preservation Ranch in the county’s northwest corner. “It’s a great day for residents of the county and the entire North Coast,” said …

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Preservation Ranch Acquisition, Coastal Conservancy staff recommendation April, 2013

[excerpts] Project Summary: Staff is recommending that the Conservancy authorize the disbursement of up to $10,000,000 to The Conservation Fund (“TCF”) to acquire the approximately 19,650-acre property known as “Preservation Ranch” in northern Sonoma County (see Exhibit 1). This acquisition will put to rest the most contentious land use debate in Sonoma County – the proposed conversion of more than …

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Climate Change Will Put the Squeeze on World’s Wineries & Wilderness

April 8, 2013 Environmental Defense Fund [excerpt:] Could your merlot be growing near the moose, grizzly or elk of Yellowstone National Park soon or in prime panda habitat in China? A new study by a team of international researchers and led by Conservation International suggests that it could. Their key finding: climate change will dramatically impact many of the most …

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Support the purchase of Preservation Ranch

Please send a letter of support TODAY for the California Coastal Conservancy grant to purchase Preservation Ranch, using this draft letter. The letter should be sent to Karyn Gear at the Coastal Conservancy via email (kgear@scc.ca.gov), or via US Mail to the address in the letter. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop the Preservation Ranch project and protect 20 …

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