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Artesa (“Fairfax”) vineyard conversion: Recirculated Partial Draft Environmental Impact Report

Artesa (“Fairfax”)
vineyard conversion

Partially Recirculated Draft
Environmental Impact Report

In March, 2011, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a Artesa (Fairfax) Vineyard Conversion: Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report, March, 2011 Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) for the Artesa (“Fairfax”) Vineyard Conversion to update two DEIR sections: Chapter 3.5, Cultural Resources; and Impact Discussion 4-3, Cumulative Contribution to Global Climate Change, in the Cumulative Impacts chapter.

Deadline for public comments (limited to the two sections of the RDEIR) was Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Comments on the RDEIR

For additional information, see:

Artesa timberland conversion Artesa (“Fairfax”) vineyard conversion EIR
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) released in 2009 claims that the proposed destruction of 171 acres of coastal redwood forest to plant a vineyard would have no significant environmental or cultural impacts.

Artesa timberland conversion Multinational Targets the Gualala River
What if the third largest winery in the world, based in Spain, chose the recovering Gualala River watershed for a large vineyard project?

Peter Baye, Ph.D. Pomo heritage threatened
The Artesa vineyard project area is “very possibly the Kashaya Pomo village Kabatui” where “human remains may be present,” and which contains rich archaeological areas that are eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Pomo elders Violet Parrish Chappell and Vivian Parrish Wilder Pomo elders speak out about vineyards
Where we used to live, no one can see anything now. It is time we open our mouths. Those vineyard people are interfering with our ancestors’ area…

Peter Schmidt Erasing Native American history?
As an early morning mist filters through the Redwoods in the village of Annapolis in NW Sonoma County, a Pomo elder of the Kashia band walks through the forest toward an ancient settlement site…

Randall SinclairDesecration of Pomo history
A first step toward satisfying the responsibility for Europeans and their descendants in North America would be to treat indigenous people with respect.

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