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Sonoma County Panel nixes logging setbacks

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on July 25, 2003. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   SANTA ROSA – A strong local timber industry delegation opposed to county setbacks of logging from structures dominated the July 17 meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Sonoma County general plan update. The …

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Haupt Creek redwood grove wins reprieve

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on August 8, 2003. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   SANTA ROSA – An old growth redwood grove south of Annapolis on Haupt Creek, a tributary of the Wheatfield Fork of the Gualala River, won a temporary reprieve on July 31. Anthony Lukacic, an official …

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Sweeping proposal favors forest over vines

© 2003- The Press Democrat byline: Carol Benfell“Vineyards would be banned on hundreds of thousands of acres of Sonoma County timberland in a proposed change to the county’s planning blueprint that would be a victory for trees over grapes, and preservationists over growers…” Note: The full article is available in the archives of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. To access …

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Sonoma County mulls timberland conversions

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on July 4, 2003. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   SANTA ROSA – Many local people of all persuasions were present June 19, when the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on the Sonoma County General Plan revision tackled timberland conversions, which remove commercial tree species to make …

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Haupt Creek grove wins a new inspection

A version of this article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on May 2, 2003. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   Public agencies decided after intense debate at a Forest Practice Review Team Meeting in Santa Rosa on April 24 that they want to revisit an old growth redwood grove on Haupt Creek, inland from Stewarts …

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Why local old growth redwood matters

This article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on April 11, 2003. By Julie VerranCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   An 800-acre upland grove of old growth redwood said to overshadow Headwaters Forest stands only a few air miles from Gualala. Its heart could soon be cut out. The second – and likely final – review of Timber …

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Sonoma County’s Old Growth Forest

As reported by the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter: Linda Perkins Would it surprise and delight you to learn that there still exists in Sonoma County – just four miles northeast of Salt Point – an ancient redwood forest of over 800 acres that has never been harvested? A stand that rivals in magnificence and beauty any redwood forest found in …

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Company scales back plan for biggest vineyard on coast Proposal calls for 5,000 acres, not 10,000, in timberland near Annapolis-Point Arena area

As reported by the Town Hall Coalition: By Tom Chorneau / The Press Democrat / January 3, 2003 Plans for the largest single vineyard planting ever undertaken on the North Coast have resurfaced, targeting 5,000 acres in the coastal foothills of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The proposal is the latest version of a vineyard cultivation plan conceived four years ago …

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Water or Wine?

By Chris Poehlmann,October, 2002It’s official. It is open season on the north coast forests. The California Department of Forestry (CDF) has just approved two of the many pending forestland to vineyard conversions in the Annapolis area. Clear cutting is presently taking place on many acres of conversions spearheaded by vineyard entrepreneurs. They hope to profit by permanently scraping an ancient …

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Redwood or Red Wine Empire

By Chris PoehlmannRecent local events could lend credence to the expression “water flows uphill to money”. Just when we thought we had seen everything as far as environmental threats to our river, two more contenders have surfaced. The wildest is an application with the California Division of Water Rights by an Alaskan based international company to get appropriative rights to …

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State board turns down riverside logging plan

This article was published in the Independent Coast Observer on February 15, 2002. By Britt BaileyCourtesy Independent Coast Observer, Gualala, CA   In October, 2001, the California Department of Forestry denied the Cassidy Timber Harvest Plan which would have logged Redwoods in the floodplain of two of Gualala River’s tributaries. This decision was based on the recommendation by the National …

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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 first time in 2002. The 41st annual Art in the Redwoods festival took place on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18. The event featured more than 400 fine art entries and experienced record crowds. The artwork will remain on display at …

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William Hill: Scofflaw

This article was published in the Anderson Valley Advertiser in May, 1991. Reprinted with permission. By Bruce Anderson Courtesy: Anderson Valley Advertiser, Boonville, CA A horrendously damaging vineyard project is underway in the hills east of Boonville. A man named William Hill is scalping the hilltops of its vegetation to plant grapes. He owns about a thousand acres of land …

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