- CAL FIRE - Forest Practice Program ManagerForest Practice Program Manager
Help protect the precious floodplain of the Gualala River from two terrible logging plans.
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Gualala Redwood Timber LLC, owned by the Burch family, is the new owner of over 30,000 acres of land in northern Sonoma County and southern Mendocino County. They have chosen to file two terrible timber harvest plans, THP 1-15-042-SON "Dogwood" and THP 1-15-033 SON "Apple." Targeted is the largest tract of recovering floodplain big tree forest left on the Gualala River.
The planned logging comes right down to the boundary of the campground of Gualala Point Regional Park, and extends up the Gualala River for over five miles. If you've ever kayaked, swam, or fished on the Gualala River, or camped in this beautiful campground, you have surely been amazed by the beauty of its riverside forest of mature trees. Vast areas of Redwood trees adjacent to the park and up the river in the floodplain will be subject to the "Dogwood" THP. The natural beauty of the river's floodplain forest is just recovering from devastating logging that started in the 1850's. It will be degraded for generations if this proposed mega-project is approved.
These two plans call for 25,000 gallons of water a day be taken from the drought-stressed Gualala River for watering logging roads. The town of Gualala and the community of The Sea Ranch depend on this river for their water, and they are currently under water restrictions. The river is home to threatened Steelhead. They, and other river dwellers such as Western Pond Turtles, need water to survive. How can this logging company and CAL FIRE justify allowing this precious resource to be used in such a manner?
Logging in the floodplain of the Gualala River will hurt our wildlife, hurt our water supply and water quality, and most definitely hurt our tourist-based economy.
Other rivers to our north, such as the Navarro and Big River, have their floodplains protected as parkland. This should be the case for the Gualala River too. We urge the Burch family to sell the land adjacent to the river to a conservation group rather than destroying the natural beauty there. It is clear that the future for a strong local economy based on clean, green ecotourism hangs in the balance.
We ask that you contact CAL FIRE and protest these two timber harvest plans. Please reference the above THP numbers and send your letter to CAL FIRE, 135 Ridgeway Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or email: mailto:email@example.com
For much more info and maps, visit http://gualalariver.org/
- Forest Practice Program Manager
CAL FIRE - Forest Practice Program Manager
To protect the precious floodplain of the Gualala River, please:
- Allow no exceptions for Forest Practice Act rules requiring avoidance of logging disturbances in flood prone forest (Anadromous Salmonid Protection Rules).
- Allow no exceptions for Forest Practice Act rules requiring avoidance of water drafting in flood prone forest (Anadromous Salmonid Protection Rules).
-Elevate the Dogwood THP to the California State Board of Forestry and the Sacramento headquarters of CAL FIRE for policy review of THP-proposed exceptions to protection of flood prone forest (Anadromous Salmonid Protection Rules).
- Allow no logging next to Gualala Point Regional Park, or near enough to cause nuisance to campers and tourists visiting the Park.
- Require current special-status species surveys and protections approved by Fish and Wildlife agencies for all listed and other special-status fish, wildlife and plant species.
- Confer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries for impacts and “take” of federally listed fish and wildlife species.
- Require current wetland surveys and avoidance of impacts to wetlands.
- Require rigorous alternatives analysis for logging in protected flood prone forest.
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