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Preservation Ranch purchase facing May 31 deadline – March, 2013, Sonoma West Times & News

by Frank Robertson March, 2013 Sonoma West Times & News [excerpt:] The effort to buy Preservation Ranch still needs money and a state board’s okay before the controversial timber-to-grapes conversion proposed near the town of Annapolis is officially halted. “We’ve got some work to do,” said 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo regarding the milestone $24.5 million purchase now …

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A Sonoma forest is saved – March, 2013, Vibrant Bay Area

by Denny Rosatti March, 2013 Vibrant Bay Area reprinted with permission The modern-day Northern California land rush to convert forests to vineyards lost some steam last month. The Preservation Ranch project, located in the northwestern hills of Sonoma County near the small hamlet of Annapolis, was a 20,000 acre proposal that would have permanently converted nearly 1,800 acres of timber …

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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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Gualala River Sightings

Jeanne Jackson / Mendonoma Sightings and Friends of the Gualala River present Gualala River Sightings March 7, 2013 Gualala Arts Center About 90 people attended the celebration of the Gualala River and its wildlife and watershed on March 7, 2013 at the Gualala Arts Center; the presentation was very warmly received. Many of the photographers were present to speak about …

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Some wine leaders pleased with pending demise of forest-to-vineyard project – March 1, 2013, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

by Brett Wilkison March 1, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] Sonoma County wine industry representatives and grape growers are voicing some relief over news this week of the tentative conservation deal that would shield nearly 20,000 acres in northwestern Sonoma County from a disputed forest-to-vineyard conversion project. The large proposal called for clearing almost 1,800 acres of former commercial …

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The Conservation Fund reaches agreement to purchase Preservation Ranch by May 31

Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR) celebrates the announcement that The Conservation Fund has agreed to purchase the 20,000 acre Preservation Ranch property in the Gualala River Watershed in northwest Sonoma County. The Conservation Fund, together with their funding partners, the California Coastal Conservancy, Sonoma County’s Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, and the Sonoma Land Trust, plans to preserve …

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$24.5 million deal to protect 20,000-acre Sonoma County forest – February 26, 2013, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

by Brett Wilkison February 26, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] A national conservation group has reached an agreement to buy nearly 20,000 acres of timberland in northwestern Sonoma County, a move that derails the long-disputed, forest-to-vineyards conversion project pushed by CalPERS, the giant state workers pension fund. The $24.5 million purchase of the so-called Preservation Ranch, to be completed …

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Gualala River Sightings

  Update: See the “Best of” photos: 2013 Gualala River Sightings Thursday, March 7 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Gualala Arts Center The full Gualala River, by Jeanne Jackson Mendonoma Sightings and Friends of the Gualala River will co-host Gualala River Sightings, a gathering of photographic “Mendonoma Sightings” along the Gualala River on Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the …

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The Vine and Its Discontents

by Matt Gleeson December, 2012 California Northern Magazine [excerpt:] I’m here to visit a major flash point in the North Coast’s battle over what is called “forest-to-vineyard conversion,” a bland term that doesn’t quite capture what is an intensive reworking of the land. To plant a vineyard where there was a forest, first you have to clear-cut all the trees …

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Streamflow Depletion by Wells

Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow by Paul M. Barlow and Stanley A. Leake November, 2012, U.S. Geological Survey Introduction Groundwater is an important source of water for many human needs, including public supply, agriculture, and industry. With the development of any natural resource, however, adverse consequences may be associated with its use. One of the …

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Cumulative Effects of Logging Linked to Coho Decline

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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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El ‘vino de motosierra’ de Codorníu

Por: Mikel López Iturriaga October 22, 2013 El País blog “El Comidista” La matanza de Sonoma. [excerpt:] Puede que de forma ingenua el vino se asocie al amor por la tierra y al entendimiento con la naturaleza. Cuando piensas en esta bebida, te vienen a la cabeza bucólicas colinas cubiertas por viñas, agricultores con cestos llenos de uvas y pajaritos …

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Marine Sanctuary Expansion

Permanent Protection for Our Sonoma and Mendocino Coastlines is Within Reach We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure permanent protection for one of the most iconic and sensitive portions of the California coast. The spectacular beauty of our coastline between Bodega Bay and Pt. Arena attracts millions of visitors, but it’s what you can’t see with the naked eye that …

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2011 fundraising letter

December, 2011 Dear Friends, FoGR (Friends of the Gualala River) hit the media jackpot in 2011 by landing coverage of our local environmental issues in The LA Times, The New York Times, 250 outlets of The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Press Democrat, and the list goes on! Go to our website, www.GualalaRiver.org, to read how …

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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 opens after rainfall

The Gualala River lagoon was full to its brim after a large amount of rain this weekend. Around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, a small breach opened in the sandbar about 200 meters south of its north end, directly across from the north viewing area of the Gualala Bluff Trail. This sequence of photos, taken by Bob R., begins at 10:49 …

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2010 fundraising letter

Dear Friends and Neighbors,   I am writing to ask you for your financial support. Please join our efforts in protecting the Gualala River and its watershed. The Gualala River watershed is not only the source of our drinking water, but is also home to countless species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. Our beautiful river really makes this a …

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Nature – Being – Art

Photographer Jamie McHugh is donating 20% of all sales during the month of March, 2010 to support Friends of the Gualala River. Images are printed on Fuji archival glossy paper in limited editions of 15 prints each, mounted on aluminum with a wood recessed back frame and covered with a UV-protective lacquer. Go to www.NatureBeingArt.org to see all available images. …

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