Sonoma County Superior Court rejected Artesa Winery's plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards. Judge Eliott Daum said the state's environmental impact report for the forest-to-vineyard project violates the California Environmental Quality Act.
This court decision itself doesn’t permanently strike down the permit for the project, but it makes the regulatory path forward more uncertain, slower and burdensome.
We need to continue our efforts to convince Artesa to find an environmentally suitable alternative site, and sell the current forested site to a conservation-oriented landowner.
For details, see: http://www.gualalariver.org/vineyards/Court-rejects-Artesa-EIR.html