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Dos Rios water plan

Piping spring flow from Dos Rios to reservoir could run afoul of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Glenda Anderson The Press Democrat October 12, 2007 [excerpt:] A decade after Mendocino County Supervisor John Pinches first proposed piping water from a protected portion of the Eel River to as far south as Ukiah, the much maligned plan is getting a …

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CA Supreme Court upholds county logging rules

by Genevieve Bookwalter, Santa Cruz Sentinel staff writer, June 30, 2006 [excerpt:] … The 4-3 decision in favor of Santa Cruz County over Davenport-based Big Creek Lumber grants a local government the power to restrict timber operations to certain areas. Historically, logging was under the purview of the state; the court’s ruling validates Santa Cruz County’s 7-year-old law regulating where …

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FoGR sponsors awards for “It’s Elementary” art show

As part of Friends of the Gualala River’s continuing community outreach efforts, several awards are given each year for student art projects. The most recent award was presented to Horicon School (Annapolis), for their stunning mural entitled “Fish and Their Habitat.” Especially impressive is the fact that the work was done by first and second grade students who studied the …

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“Protect the Forest”

Friends of the Gualala River protects the Gualala River watershed in Northern California and the species living within it.

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“Chainsaw Wine”

Letter submitted to the New York Times in response to “Making Wine in a Hostile Climate on Sonoma’s Coast” written by Eric Asimov, and published by the Times on January 18, 2006 January 21, 2006 Eric Asimov’s “Making Wine in a Hostile Climate on Sonoma’s Coast” extolled the passion and swashbuckling spirit of those “not in their right mind” seeking …

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Sonoma Supes wrestle forest conversions

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on October 7, 2005. By Julie Verran Courtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA SANTA ROSA – Sonoma County Supervisors on Tuesday continued their struggle to regulate loss of forests to vineyards. The regulatory path the Supervisors must tread is narrow and winding, with court cases on every side. …

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Gualala planning council members take a tour of working forests

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on September 2, 2005. By Julie Verran Courtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA Working timberlands producing redwood and Douglas fir are part of the coastal community here. On Tuesday, members of the Gualala River Watershed Council took members of the Gualala Municipal Advisory Council on a forest tour …

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Stop Forestland Destruction

As reported by the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter: Peter Ashcroft Redwood Chapter Conservation Chair Private and corporate interests are targeting coastal redwood forestlands in Northern California for clear cutting to make way for extensive new vineyard projects. Once these redwood forests are destroyed, they will be lost forever. Conservation groups including the Redwood Chapter’s Vineyard Conversion Committee and Friends of …

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Forest panel hears Haupt Creek appeal

This article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on January 9, 2004. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   The Board of Forestry, meeting in Sacramento on Tuesday, upheld the Department of Forestry’s denial of a timber harvest plan on Haupt Creek, inland from Stewarts Point. The board heard three hours of testimony from Registered Professional Forester …

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FoGR sponsors Art in the Redwoods Festival award

Friends of the Gualala River (FoGR) sponsored an award at the Art in the Redwoods festival for the second time in 2003.The 42nd annual Art in the Redwoods festival took place on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2003. The event featured more than 400 fine art entries and drew record crowds. The artwork will remain on display at …

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