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Forestry: Groups

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

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Cassidy logging plan

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

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May 9, 2002

January 5, 2005 Leslie Markham California Department ofForestry and Fire Protection 135 RidgewayAve. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Re:       THP 1-04-030 SONHansen-Whistler and associated conversion TCP 04-530 Dear Ms. Markham: I would like to submit these revised comments on theHansen/Whistler THP and Timberland Conversion THP 1-04-030 SON. The Friends ofthe Gualala River asked me to comment on this project this a …

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Waterbag Campaign

In 2002, Friends of the Gualala River played a leading role in opposing a scheme to export water from the Gualala River to southern California in giant floating plastic “waterbags.” See a detailed account of our successful campaign to prevent the harm the waterbag scheme would have caused to our river and our community. Gualala River estuary in winter photo courtesy of …

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An Impaired River

The Forest

The Gualala is considered an “impaired” river under the federal Clean Water Act because of excessive sediment and high temperatures, both of which can be lethal to salmon and steelhead. The excessive sediment and high temperatures are primarily the result of past logging practices. When trees are logged selectively, forest habitat is preserved, and the remaining trees hold the soil …

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Conversion of Forestland to Vineyards

The ecosystems in the Gualala River watershed are under significant pressure. More than a century of logging operations has led to the buildup of sediment and gravel in the river bed, gradually destroying the river’s capability to support coho salmon, steelhead, and other indigenous species. Logging companies generally want forest to regenerate after harvesting timber, so habitat is eventually restored (after a verylong time). …

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