News Archive 2010
A chronological listing of information added to this site.
[Where What's New items go when they're no longer new.]
"The Murder of Mark West Creek"
Out of control vineyard development by a Goldman Sachs executive devastates critical salmon habitat on Mark West Creek.
November 2010, Anderson Valley Advertiser
Preservation" Ranch radio interview
A radio interview with Chris Poehlmann & Peter Baye, broadcast on Fred Adlers' "Coastal Interviews," The Tide, KTDE 100.5 FM, Gualala (recorded in 2009).
Gualala River opens after rainfall
This sequence of photos shows the mouth of the Gualala River opening on Sunday, October 24, 2010, after heavy rainfall over the weekend.
Join our efforts to protect the Gualala River and its wildlife by making a generous donation to Friends of the Gualala River. Our watershed is facing imminent threats from several large-scale developments. We have assembled a scientific and legal team to protect the river and watershed, but we need your support.
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 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...
Desecration 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.
Multiple definitions of old-growth forests
Scientists are learning much about the structural complexity of these forests and how it leads to ecological complexity - which makes possible their famous biodiversity.
[USDA report 1.6MB]
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 19-20, 2010
7:00 p.m. at the Arena Theater
Point Arena, CA
Join us as the largest environmental film festival in the United States comes to the Mendocino Coast for the first time. The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
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...
The Sea Ranch Forum presents:
The Gualala River Watershed:
Our River, Our Water Supply
Saturday, September 4, 2010
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Del Mar Center Hall
The Sea Ranch
Who is watching our watershed?
What role do the County, the State Water Resources Control Board and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board play? Who regulates the use of the water? Who monitors water quality? How are the regulations enforced? Learn more about the river that provides our water supply and what is being done to monitor and protect this important resource. Speakers will include representatives from government agencies and local non-profit groups working to protect and restore the watershed.
Retaining wall above the estuary?
Destroying coastal bluff, native vegetation and the Gualala Bluff Trail for a project that hasn't even been reviewed makes no sense, and violates California law. Coastal Commission hearing on the proposed retaining wall project has been postponed.
Fireworks over the Gualala River? Not this year
The Gualala Festivals Committee canceled their controversial plans to detonate fireworks over the Gualala River estuary in 2008, after the Coastal Commission ordered them to cease and desist. In March, 2010, the Court of Appeals upheld the Commission's jurisdiction.
Question about "Preservation" Ranch
A question on Preservation Ranch's viability as a CalPERS investment in the current wine market, on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny, from a caller in Annapolis.
Natural History Walk
at Gualala Point
Gualala Point Park
Saturday, April 10, 2010
8:30 a.m. Coastal National Monument walk
10:30 a.m. Gualala River beach, lagoon, estuary
Learn more about the habitats and vegetation formed by the interplay of the barrier beach and river with Dr. Peter Baye, who specializes in the flora and ecology of coastal plant communities, particularly sand dunes, beaches, and tidal marshes.
Co-sponsored by Sonoma County Regional Parks, Friends of the Gualala River and the California Native Plant Society. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
Nature - Being - Art
Photographer Jamie McHugh is donating 20% of all sales during the month of March, 2010 to support Friends of the Gualala River.
Jamie is an award-winning fine art photographer, somatic coach and consultant. He created NatureBeingArt to bring the natural world back into people's lives in a vibrant and contemplative way.
Retaining wall above the estuary?
Destroying coastal bluff, native vegetation and the Gualala Bluff Trail for a project that hasn't even been reviewed makes no sense, and violates California law. Coastal Commission de novo hearing on the proposed retaining wall project has been postponed.
Basins of Relations:
Thinking like a Watershed
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Gualala Community Center
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center biologist and educator, Brock Dolman will offer a series of slide images and interpretation about water, watersheds, human development patterns and restoration ideas that support regenerative ecological integrity and instream flows for salmonids.
River otter in the Gualala River
Short video taken by a friend of the Gualala River, just west of the Green Bridge, near the confluence of the North & South Forks, in July 2009.
Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes Preservation Ranch
The Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes the proposed conversion of forest to vineyards, reservoirs and mansions by Premier Pacific Vineyards d.b.a. Preservation Ranch.
Protecting old growth redwoods
Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Gualala River and Coast Action Group file a lawsuit to protect the last remaining stand of old growth redwoods in the northern part of the Gualala River watershed from logging.
See: Press Release
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