Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) and our allies once again recently prevailed in court. The timber harvest plan called Dogwood has been found twice to fail to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for failing to evaluate project alternatives with less environmental impacts. FoGR also won on the lack of a Cumulative Impact study.
Dogwood III is just as flawed as its predecessors. It lacks even the most basic survey information on seasonal wetlands – the floodplain of the Gualala River. It also lacks scientific information on rare plants and protected wildlife species such as steelhead trout.
The floodplain of the Gualala River is too important to the health of this already deemed impaired river. Logging of redwoods trees in the floodplain will do great harm.
We ask that this Timber Harvest Plan, Dogwood THP 1-15-042 SON, be subject to greater review. We request Dogwood be elevated for policy-level review by the CAL FIRE headquarters and the Board of Forestry.
What can you do to help?
Please email Santa Rosa CAL FIRE before 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019 with your comments. Tell them in your own words why you are against logging in the floodplain. Whether it be the fish, the wildflowers such as Coast Lilies, the wildlife such as Western Pond Turtles and CA Red-legged Frog, tell them why this special place we call the Magical Forest shouldn’t be logged. Ask CAL FIRE to elevate Dogwood for a policy level review. Email CAL FIRE at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org and include “THP 1-15-042 SON (Dogwood)” in the subject line.
Thank you for caring.