The Latest from FoGR

Protecting the Gualala River watershed & the species that rely on it

The Gualala River lagoon, by Mike Nelson

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) would appreciate your continued, or perhaps new, enthusiastic support. Please aid our efforts to protect the river and its forests, speed their recovery, fight global warming impacts, and thus, most important, help preserve wild places for future generations. A good introduction starts with our mission statement: FoGR’s goal is to protect the Gualala River watershed …

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Not The Final Update on the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan Saga

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This December, 2018 update details where FoGR is at the end of a tumultuous year of persistence. Everyone involved in the legal battles to protect the Gualala River floodplain should heave a sigh of relief, but not too deeply, for the struggles continue. Here we learn what may be next and why FoGR folks have to remain steady and vigilant. …

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River sightings

Deer reflected in the Gualala River - by Rick Denniston

Charles Ivor, President of Friends of Gualala River and a long-time observer of our river, entreats us to take time to visit, relish, and understand all the action taking place in the estuary of the Gualala River. As you drive into or through Gualala, check to see if the river mouth is open or closed, and take time on the …

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Native Trees and Forests of the Gualala River Watershed

1. Magnificent Bay Tree on Tin Barn Road

If we have ever taken a walk anywhere in our area and come back home without being able to name or describe a single tree, this article will make you think anew about the trees that surround us. Here, as well as on the Gualala River website, we learn why attending to trees and their differences makes us ever aware …

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Gualala River Watershed Impacts: A Broader Perspective

Larry Hanson speaking at "Rally for the River" - July 16, 2016; photo credit: Anne Mary Schaefer

A message from Larry Hanson, president of Forest Unlimited, an environmental organization based in Sonoma County, which has worked closely with Friends of Gualala River for many years. Forest Unlimited has been interested in the Gualala River watershed since its inception as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1995. When we were forming our organization for forest protection, we noted that …

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Gualala River Watershed Awareness and Protection Project

Wild and Scenic reach of the lower Gualala River on the bank opposite Dogwood THP area, 2016

It is human nature to take what is around us without paying special attention unless some aspect seems awry. Such is the case with the Gualala River estuary as well as the watershed area that extends up the river far out of sight of most of those who routinely enter and leave Gualala over the bridge. Yet the entire watershed …

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A Christmas Wish

California Red-legged frog, by Roberta Chan

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer December 21, 2018 I have always regarded California as being in the forefront of environmental awareness and protection. However, after moving to Gualala 5 years ago and seeing the repeated attempts at logging in the floodplain of the Gualala River, I have been saddened by this disregard for the health …

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Magic Forest

Gualala River floodplain

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer December 7, 2018 We would like to add our voices to those who are calling for the expansion of the regional park into the Magic Forest along the Gualala floodplain. There are so many reasons why this visionary plan would create the greatest good for the greatest number. From an …

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Help the River

Gualala River in fog

Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 30, 2018 The Gualala River needs our help. The other rivers in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties have their floodplains — and much more — protected. But our Gualala River’s floodplain still could be logged by the Burch family that owns it. Indeed, they have tried twice to log it …

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GUALALA RIVER: Vision and Mission — a sonnet

The Gualala River at dusk - by Craig Tooley

A sonnet, included in a letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 30, 2018 And were you there two hundred years ago, small green island set in wide mouth of our Gualala River that now is shallow and slow? “No,” answer those slim young redwoods that tower above its banks. “This river then was mighty, a …

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Conservationist bids on Mill Bend

Mill Bend, photo by Bill Oxford

by W.W. Keller news@mendonoma.com © copyright 2018, Independent Coast Observer reprinted with permission The Redwood Coast Land Conservancy and the Mendocino Land Trust announced on Thursday, Nov. 8, that an offer to buy the Mill Bend property in Gualala by an unidentified conservation buyer, has been accepted. The deal includes both the Mill Bend and the Lower Mill Bend parcels. …

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A Golden Opportunity

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Letter to the Editor, published in the Independent Coast Observer November 16, 2018 With the exciting news of the Mill Bend property in escrow to a conservation buyer, we see a golden opportunity to further protect the Gualala River for the benefit of everyone. The vast stretch of flat land along the south side of the river, from Gualala Point …

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Sonoma County Superior Court rules in favor of Friends of Gualala River’s second lawsuit over the “Dogwood” floodplain timber harvest plan

"Rally for the River" - July 16, 2016; photo credit: Anne Mary Schaefer

Media Release October 19, 2018 Sonoma County Superior Court once again has ruled in favor of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) in its lawsuit against CAL FIRE’s approval of logging of coastal floodplain redwood forest in hundreds of acres of the Wild and Scenic Gualala River. The controversial “Dogwood” timber harvest plan (THP) proposed by Gualala Redwoods Timber LLC has …

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Sat, Sept. 15: Annual Coastal Clean Up Day

Action Network is partnering with Coastwalk California for the 34th Annual Coastal Clean Up Day: Saturday, September 15, 2018 9 am – 12 noon Volunteer Appreciation Picnic  1 – 3 pm Please contact Sienna Lampi at Action Network: info@actionnetwork.info or 707-884-541

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Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)

1. A Young Western Hemlock (Center) Along the Main Stem of the Gualala

Family PINACEAE Sometimes the most interesting thing about a species of tree is where it occurs or, more precisely, where its occurrence ends. Such is the case with western hemlock, which reaches the southernmost limit of its 2000-mile range from north in Alaska to right here in the Gualala River watershed. Populations living at the end of a species’ range …

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Old-growth redwoods in Gualala watershed acquired by Save the Redwoods League

McApin old-growth, photo by Mike Shoys

Family’s legendary grove of old-growth redwoods preserved by Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, June 26, 2018 [excerpt:] A sprawling forest of ancient coastal redwoods in Sonoma County — a grove so magnificent it matches the majesty of Muir Woods National Monument — is being acquired under a land deal that will ensure its protection and allow the public to walk …

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Sonoma County Court again halts logging in second “Dogwood” timber harvest plan lawsuit: Gualala River floodplain redwood forest left intact for now

Wild and Scenic reach of the lower Gualala River on the bank opposite Dogwood THP area, 2016

Media Release June 7, 2018 Sonoma County Superior Court has once again granted a preliminary injunction to put the start of logging on hold in the 100-year-old redwood forest of the Gualala River floodplain, located in northwest Sonoma County and southwest Mendocino County. On June 5, 2018, Judge René Chouteau issued a tentative order granting a motion for preliminary injunction …

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California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)

1. Buckeye Tree in Bloom Along the Wheatfield Fork

Family SAPINDACEAE Life Cycle In the merry month of May the California Buckeye puts on its most magnificent display with candle-like white spires of flowers that fill the air with fragrance and make the trees impossible to miss even when they are tucked away in creek drainages and canyons and the edge of chaparral—their preferred habitats. [Photo: 1].   Like …

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Mendonoma Coast Wildflower Show – May 26-27, 2018

2018 Wildflower Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gualala Community Center See hundreds of beautiful local wildflowers! Botanists and other plant lovers available to answer questions. Plants, books, posters for sale. FREE Dorothy King Young Chapter California Native Plant Society

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Interview with hydrologist Greg Kamman on KZYX

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Listen to hydrologist Greg Kamman, who was interviewed by Hope McKenney on KZYX on May 15, 2018. “A controversial plan to log miles of the Gualala River floodplain, is back on track, after being on hold for a number of years. Opponents of the plan previously thwarted attempts to log the area by convincing a judge the timber harvest plan …

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