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Roessler Higgins

August 17, 2004 Allen Robertson, Deputy ChiefCalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire ProtectionP.O. Box 944246 Sacramento, CA 94244-2460 Re: Negative Declaration for Timber Harvest Plan (THP 1-04-055 SON) / Zapar-Roessler Timberland Conversion Permit (TCP 04-533) Dear Mr. Robertson, I am writing in regards to Timber Harvest Plan (THP 1-04-055 SON) / Zapar-Roessler Timberland Conversion Permit (TCP 04-533) at the request …

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Sleepy Hollow Timberland Conversion – comments by Hydrologist Dennis Jackson

  July 19, 2004 Allen Robertson, Deputy Chief   California Department ofForestry and Fire Protection   P.O. Box 944246   Sacramento, CA 94244-2460       Re:       NegativeDeclaration for Sleepy Hollow Timberland Conversion Permit #531 Associated THP 1-04-059 SON CDF File 1-04-059     Dear Deputy Chief Robertson: I would like to offer my comments on the proposed NegativeDeclaration …

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Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins Consulting Fisheries Biologist 791 Eighth Street, Suite N Arcata, CA 95521 (707) 822-9428 phiggins@humboldt1.com                                                                                                                         July17, 2004   Allen Robertson, Deputy Chief California Department ofForestry and Fire Protection P.O. Box 944246 Sacramento, CA 94244-2460   Re: Negative Declaration for Timber Harvest Plan (THP 1-04-059)/ Martin Timberland Conversion Permit (TCP 04-531)   Dear Mr. Robertson,   I am writing …

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Vineyards: Letters

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

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We all live Downstream

We all live downstreamWhen it comes to water, we all live downstream. That’s why the vineyard development that is eliminating the redwood forests of Annapolis is so important to the lower reaches of the Gualala River and its estuary. Gualala River estuary, full to the brim after the rains begin copyright Friends of the Gualala River, October, 2004The Gualala River …

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Chainsaw wine

Guerneville, CA – Coastal forest activists from Sonoma County unveiled their own vintage product in front of the “Pinot on the River” gathering in Guerneville on Saturday, October 30, 2004. They called attention to the continued pressure for conversion of coastal redwood forests to vineyards by some “bad actors” in the wine industry. An eight-foot high wine bottle bearing the …

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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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The effect of clearcuts on water temperature

Water temperature is a critical limiting factor in the lives of many fish and amphibians. According to recent scientific research, air temperature is the most important factor influencing stream temperature. Redwood forests provide shade and cool the air, which in turn cools the stream below. Clear-cutting those forests raises stream temperature, condemning cold water fish like coho and steelhead to …

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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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Pesticide use in the Gualala River watershed

The Critical Habitat Project of the Center for Ethics and Toxics (CETOS) has completed the first-ever inventory of pesticide usage in the Gualala River watershed.Using the most current data available from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, researchers at CETOS discovered 1,250 pounds of pesticide active ingredients were used in forestry and vineyard operations within the Gualala River watershed during …

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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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