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Judge Rejects Vineyard’s Environmental Impact Statement

by Chris McManus December 13, 2013 © Independent Coast Observer Reprinted with permission Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has sent a plan to clearcut 154 acres of forest near Annapolis back to the drawing board, saying the Environmental Impact Report prepared by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) …

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Court Blocks Sonoma Vineyard Planting – December, 2013, Wine Spectator

Judge rules that winery needs to review environmental impact; Artesa argues land is zoned for farming by Kasey Carpenter December 13, 2013 Wine Spectator [excerpt:] The battle over more than 300 acres of undeveloped land on Sonoma’s coast owned by Artesa Vineyards and Winery isn’t over, but environmental groups have won a key round. A county judge has rejected several …

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Ruling deals setback to Artesa’s disputed vineyard plan

by Brett Wilkison December 6, 2013 Santa Rosa Press Democrat [excerpt:] Environmentalists are hailing a court ruling this week that deals a significant setback to a hotly disputed vineyard project in northwestern Sonoma County. If it stands, the decision could serve as a bulwark against the push of vineyards into a mostly untilled swath of the region’s coast range, blocking …

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Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard: Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2013 Contact: Chris Poehlmann, Friends of the Gualala River, (707) 886-5182 Victoria Brandon, Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, (707) 994-1931 Justin Augustine, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x 302 SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has rejected a plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards …

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Protect California Redwood Forests From Winery Development

This is the text of a Petition on It was posted in November, 2013 and signd by more than 41,000 people. Petitioning: Artesa CEO Keith LaVine Created by Michael Taylor A Spanish winemaker wants to level 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make space for new grapevines in the California’s Sonoma County. The majestic Redwood only …

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Codorníu contra las secuoyas de California

Por: Alana Moceri November 25, 2013 El Huffington Post [excerpt:] Los árboles más altos del mundo tienen raíces poco profundas. Las secuoyas costeras (coastal redwoods) no son solitarias como los robles sino que crecen sobre una base de raíces entrelazadas en una red de apoyo mutuo. Solo llegan al cielo con el soporte de su comunidad. Me parece imposible pasar …

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Artesa: Forest, or not a forest? You decide.

The Proposed Artesa Vineyard

Artesa claims there is no forest on their property. Below are some recent photos of Artesa’s property in northwestern Sonoma County. Take a look and decide for yourself: Forest, or not a forest? Click to enlarge any of the photos below Artesa’s property in foreground, forested ridges in background. Dense grove of redwoods with ferns in foreground. Long-axis views up …

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The Forest

In the middle of the second-growth redwood forest Artesa plans to clearcut. Artesa’s spokseman, Sam Singer, posted the following tweets alleging that Friends of the Gualala River is misinforming the public: “@gualalariver made many false statements about Artesa Sonoma vineyard, changing its story every time. Wonder why they cant get facts right?” “@gualalariver knowingly spreads misinformation about #artesa. Read the …

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