The Latest from FoGR

Friends of Gualala River launch new lawsuit targeting logging on North Fork

by Chris McManus Independent Coast Observer July 23, 2021 Reprinted by permission © Copyright Independent Coast Observer, Inc. www.mendonoma.com As part of its Salmonid and Watershed Restoration Project, Friends of Gualala River has launched a new lawsuit, this one focused on the Gualala River’s North Fork in the watershed’s northwest corner, the only hydrologic area of the watershed that is …

Read More »

The Garcia: A River in Strong Recovery After a 30-Year Effort

by Craig Bell Forest & River News July 16, 2021 Craig Bell is a Garcia River watershed planner, as well as past President of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, former logger, commercial fisherman, and river guide. [excerpt:] The strong recovery we are witnessing today in the Garcia River is thanks to a 30-year effort that began in 1991 when Mendocino County …

Read More »

Won’t back down – Friends of Gualala River continue protection efforts

by Tempra BoardThe Sea Ranch Soundings • Summer 2021 © copyright 2021, The Sea Ranch Associationreprinted with permission Friends of Gualala River (FoGR), our area’s grassroots watershed protection non-profit, continues its hard work defending the Gualala River from the threat of floodplain logging. On May 20, FoGR filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to halt logging of Gualala Redwood Timber …

Read More »

FoGR Monthly: July, 2021

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is pleased to publish a new issue of our monthly publication, “FoGR Monthly: July, 2021,” detailing different places along the Gualala River to visit.  This month’s feature is Mill Bend. Each month will have a participation feature like a contest or list an upcoming event. It will feature different types of outdoor activities and where …

Read More »

FoGR Monthly: June, 2021

FoGR Monthly, June, 2021

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is pleased to publish a new issue of our monthly publication, “FoGR Monthly,” detailing different places along the Gualala River to visit.  This month’s feature is the Haupt Creek Bridge area. Each month will have a participation feature like a contest or list an upcoming event. It will feature different types of outdoor activities and …

Read More »

Protecting Endangered Species:
The Case for a Preliminary Injunction

DellaSala-Exhibit-5A-Large-Trees-in-Dogwood-Unit-1

Friends of Gualala River and Center for Biological Diversity filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit in September, 2020, against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company, to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from the proposed “Dogwood” logging project which targets 100-year-old redwood trees in the floodplain of the Gualala River. The following are excerpts from our Motion for a …

Read More »

FoGR Launches Salmonid and Watershed Restoration Project

Adult coho salmon

Historically, the Gualala River was home to abundant coho salmon and steelhead trout populations that numbered in the tens of thousands. Today, the endangered coho salmon are all but gone and threatened steelhead are struggling to survive in the home river they evolved and adapted to over millennia. The dwindling salmonid population is a critical indicator of the declining health …

Read More »

Redwood logging and climate change

Excerpted from “The effects of timber harvest versus forest protection in JDSF [Jackson Demonstration State Forest]” by John O’Brien, PhD. Dr. O’Brien has a doctorate in climate and atmospheric science from U.C. Santa Cruz, and lives adjacent to JDSF, but his comments on logging and climate change are relevant to similar redwood forest lands on the northern California Coast. Executive …

Read More »

Mendonoma Sightings
Conservation Conversation

Did you miss Jeanne Jackson’s Mendonoma Sightings Conservation Conversation hosted by the Mendocino Land Trust on April 29th? If so, you’re in luck. Here is this wonderful presentation full of gorgeous photos of the wildlife and native plants along the Mendonoma coast:

Read More »

FoGR Monthly: May, 2021

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is pleased to publish a new issue of our monthly publication, “FoGR Monthly,” detailing different places along the Gualala River to visit.  This month’s feature is the Gualala Bluff Trail. Each month will have a participation feature like a contest or list an upcoming event. It will feature different types of outdoor activities and where …

Read More »

Forestry and Fish in Northern California – a reading list

Adult coho salmon

Compiled by Alan Levine   California Forest Management Practices And The Conservation Of Anadromous Salmonids https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=30710 by Stephen Swales Ph.D., Fisheries Branch, Wildlife and Fisheries Division, California Department of Fish and Game, November, 2010 In California and the Pacific Northwest, widespread declines in the abundance of anadromous salmonids over the last several decades have been attributed largely to the loss …

Read More »

Video – Recovery and Resiliency in California Salmonids

Video: Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) celebrated Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021, with a free webinar on salmonids presented by Dr. Jacob Katz, senior scientist with California Trout. California Trout is a non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring the state’s 32 species of salmonid fish. Dr. Katz directs the organization’s Central California region where his work focuses on redesigning …

Read More »

Earth Day webinar with a fish biologist “Born with Gills”

Jacob Katz

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom* *See instructions below on how to participate via Zoom   Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) will celebrate Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021, with a free webinar on salmonids presented by Dr. Jacob Katz, senior scientist with California Trout. California Trout is a non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring the state’s 32 …

Read More »

Why It Is Time for a “CalFire Divorce”

The Case for Establishing an Independent Forest and Resource Management Agency to Secure Healthy Forests in California Excerpted from: Richard A. Wilson and Sharon E. Duggan, WHY IT IS TIME FOR A “CALFIRE DIVORCE”: THE CASE FOR ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT FOREST AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO SECURE HEALTHY FORESTS IN CALIFORNIA, 12 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 1 (2020). https://digitalcommons.law.ggu.edu/gguelj/vol12/iss1/2 …

Read More »

Remembering Jim Biller

There is no more bittersweet moment than when Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) pauses to remember and thank those who gave a portion of their lives over to the river. Such a friend to the river was Jim Biller.   Jim passed away in December, 2020, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Together with his wife, Susan-Marie Hagen, from …

Read More »

FoGR Monthly: April, 2021

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is pleased to publish a new issue of our monthly publication, “FoGR Monthly,” detailing different places along the Gualala River to visit.  This month’s feature is Gualala Point Regional Park. Each month will have a participation feature like a contest or list an upcoming event. It will feature different types of outdoor activities and where …

Read More »