CLEARCUT 154 ACRES OF REDWOOD FOREST FOR WINE? What's wrong with these people?

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Don't make me become a TREE HUGGER! We need to STOP THIS NOW! Please read the article below!

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit on June 7 challenging a controversial proposal by a Spanish corporation to clearcut 154 acres of redwood forest to plant wine grapes in northwestern Sonoma County. The Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Gualala River sued the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) for violating state law in approving the Fairfax “forest conversion” project, funded by Spanish company Codorniu S.A., the owner of Napa Valley’s Artesa Winery. The suit was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

“Sonoma County has already experienced a large-scale conversion of natural oak woodlands and inland forests to agriculture, and we intend to draw a line to stop further destruction of redwood forests and salmon streams for more acres of grapes,” said Chris Poehlmann, president of Friends of the Gualala River.

“Sonoma County needs to conserve its remaining forestland for the benefit of future generations, not sacrifice redwood trees for the sake of pinot noir,” said Jay Halcomb of the Sierra Club.

“Clearcutting forests to plant vineyards is foolish and short-sighted,” said Justin Augustine, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Turning redwood stands into vineyards will increase greenhouse gas emissions and harm stream flows, water quality and habitat for wildlife, including endangered salmon and steelhead trout.”

“The idea that Artesa could permanently clearcut and destroy 154 acres of redwood forest, rip out the stumps, remove all vegetation, bulldoze the soil, apply tons of chemicals and install miles of wildlife-exclusion fencing with no significant environmental impacts, as claimed in the environmental review by Cal Fire, is just not credible,” said Dave Jordan of the Sierra Club. “We’re not against wine or grape-growing, but we object to the destruction of forests and Native American heritage.”

Background

In preparing an environmental impact report for the project, Cal Fire failed to adequately consider the project’s environmental impacts and did not properly analyze alternatives less damaging to the environment, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. Cal Fire only considered alternative vineyard sites that are also forested, to reach the flawed conclusion that the project would be equally damaging to the environment at other sites. Buying forested land with the intent to clearcut and destroy its forest to plant grapes is unnecessarily environmentally damaging, since there is suitable nonforested land available in Sonoma County.

The environmental review for Artesa’s project also attempts to sidestep impacts it would have on American Indian heritage and cultural resources. The land the winery purchased has been used extensively by American Indians since prehistoric times and contains numerous significant archeological sites that have not been adequately documented or protected. The Kashia Pomo have publicly stated that the land is spiritually important to them.

Visit EcoWatch’s BIODIVERSITY page for more related news on this topic.

http://ecowatch.org/2012/spanish-corporation-wants-to-clearcut-redwood-forest-for-winery/

There is an update to this situation. Please see message #9 Also a letter to Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein & Boxer might help.

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What's wrong with these people? As far as I know, though I'm not an expert in this field, the Bible doesn't mention preserving biodiversity, but it does mention drinking wine. And after all, we all know science is just a fanciful Renaissance-originated liberal hallucination. Creationism is also valid, and if need be, the world can be recreated in just six days or less, once all the evil liberals die off.

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse

The authors recommend governments undertake five actions immediately if we are to have any hope of delaying or minimizing a planetary-state-shift. Arne Mooers, an SFU biodiversity professor and a co-author of this study, summarizes them as follows.

“Society globally has to collectively decide that we need to drastically lower our population very quickly. More of us need to move to optimal areas at higher density and let parts of the planet recover. Folks like us have to be forced to be materially poorer, at least in the short term. We also need to invest a lot more in creating technologies to produce and distribute food without eating up more land and wild species. It’s a very tall order.”

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Stupid trees growing on land that has a more profitable use.

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Glad you are joking but truely if this happens it will be a tragedy for our environment. I can't even image how those people can justify in their minds destroying these magnificent redwood trees!

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Foreign land grabs are getting out of control. These types of issues are a result.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-PpxqeZc&feature=related

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EXACTLY!!!! OUR COUNTRY IS BEING PURCHASED RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER US! Who would have ever dreamed that the Chinese one day would have a huge shipping container dock RIGHT ON TOP of where there used to be a NAVY BASE in Long Beach California!!! << Just an example! I will check out the link to the youtube video you provided.

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OMG.....I watched that video that you posted the link for. I hadn't realized just how HUGE this LAND GRAB for the big agriculture industry has become! SHAME on that Indian man who kicked those families off the land they lived on for generations. Like he couldn't afford to allow them a small plot of their own and giving them slave wages. SHAME on ALL THOSE who would take advantage of these POOR countries, basically STEAL their land, FORGET about any environmental consenquences of their conversion of the land to farm land or the displacement of the wildlife or native people. MAKES ME WANT TO SCREAM! Again it boils down to money and pure GREED!!! I am OUTRAGED and there's nothing I can do about it.

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If you have not seen it yet, you should check out the video that EdBourgeois posted regarding foreign "land grabs" because it is a shocker if you didn't know the scope of what is going on with regards to this subject.

Here is the video link that was posted above on his comment. Please check it out. We need to figure out how to get a handle on this abuse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-PpxqeZc&feature=related

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THIS IS SAD NEWS.....

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of California's remaining coastal redwood forests. Unfortunately, the public agency in charge (CAL FIRE) refused our request, and approved the environmental impact report for Artesa Winery's "Fairfax Conversion Project" WITHOUT accepting any further public comment.

The project, funded by Spanish company Codorníu S.A., the owner of Napa Valley's Artesa Winery, calls for clear-cutting 154 acres of redwood forest in northwestern Sonoma County to plant wine grapes.

In response, Friends of the Gualala River, Sierra Club's Redwood Chapter and the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against CAL FIRE for failing to adequately consider the project's environmental impacts and not properly analyzing alternatives less damaging to the environment, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

We are not opposed to wine, and we are not opposed to vineyards. We are opposed to the destruction of redwood forests to plant grapes. The long-term health of our State depends on forested watersheds to supply clean water, fresh air, habitat for thousands of species of wild animals and plants and recreational opportunities for people. There is plenty of agricultural land on which to plant grapes.

"Clearcutting forests to plant vineyards is foolish and short-sighted," said Justin Augustine, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. "Turning redwood stands into vineyards will increase greenhouse gas emissions and harm stream flows, water quality and habitat for wildlife, including endangered salmon and steelhead trout."

Volunteer members of non-profit Friends of the Gualala River will continue to work tirelessly on this issue (we have no paid staff), but we are facing daunting bills for attorney and expert consultant services and related court costs. We need your donations both small and angelically large!

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PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND WATCH THIS VIDEO "WORST THAN A CLEARCUT" from the Sierra Club regarding this project.

http://gualalariver.org/vineyards/worse-than-a-clearcut.html

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Please write to Senator Feinstein, Boxer and Governor Brown about this! This is a CRIME to our environment! I just might have to become a tree hugger!

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Q: "What's wrong with these people?"

A: #1 They drink wine out of a plastic bag.

To respond to what you said on my post about trees "talking" to each other - about how the Environmental Protection and Information Center should be all over this - that group is pretty small and local and doesn't range much outside of Humboldt County except maybe eastwards in Trinity Alps vicinity.

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I think there's enough wine in the world already. It tastes like crap anyway. If it would have been proposed to cut down timber for a high speed rail it would have been a national scandal.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Clearcutting of Redwoods for Sonoma County Vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a controversial proposal by a Spanish corporation to clearcut 154 acres of redwood forest to plant wine grapes in northwestern Sonoma County. The Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Gualala River sued the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) for violating state law in approving the Fairfax “forest conversion” project, funded by Spanish company Codorniu S.A., the owner of Napa Valley’s Artesa Winery. The suit was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

“Sonoma County has already experienced a large-scale conversion of natural oak woodlands and inland forests to agriculture, and we intend to draw a line to stop further destruction of redwood forests and salmon streams for more acres of grapes,” said Chris Poehlmann, president of Friends of the Gualala River.

"Sonoma County needs to conserve its remaining forestland for the benefit of future generations, not sacrifice redwood trees for the sake of pinot noir," said Jay Halcomb of the Sierra Club.

“Clearcutting forests to plant vineyards is foolish and short-sighted," said Justin Augustine, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Turning redwood stands into vineyards will increase greenhouse gas emissions and harm stream flows, water quality and habitat for wildlife, including endangered salmon and steelhead trout.”

“The idea that Artesa could permanently clearcut and destroy 154 acres of redwood forest, rip out the stumps, remove all vegetation, bulldoze the soil, apply tons of chemicals and install miles of wildlife-exclusion fencing with no significant environmental impacts, as claimed in the environmental review by Cal Fire, is just not credible," said Dave Jordan of the Sierra Club. "We're not against wine or grape-growing, but we object to the destruction of forests and Native American heritage.”

Background
In preparing an environmental impact report for the project, Cal Fire failed to adequately consider the project’s environmental impacts and did not properly analyze alternatives less damaging to the environment, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. Cal Fire only considered alternative vineyard sites that are also forested, to reach the flawed conclusion that the project would be equally damaging to the environment at other sites. Buying forested land with the intent to clearcut and destroy its forest to plant grapes is unnecessarily environmentally damaging, since there is suitable nonforested land available in Sonoma County.

The environmental review for Artesa's project also attempts to sidestep impacts it would have on American Indian heritage and cultural resources. The land the winery purchased has been used extensively by American Indians since prehistoric times and contains numerous significant archeological sites that have not been adequately documented or protected. The Kashia Pomo have publicly stated that the land is spiritually important to them.

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Friends of the Gualala River is a volunteer nonprofit group that advocates for preservation of the Gualala River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. GualalaRiver.org

The Sierra Club works to protect and restore wild places, public health and wildlife for future generations.The Redwood Chapter covers northwestern California. Redwood.SierraClub.org

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 350,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
BiologicalDiversity.org

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Link to BiologicalDiversity.org

Here's the websites I have listed, not that its a complete set or anything these are just the ones I happen to have stumbled across:

http://www.labucketbrigade.org/Louisiana Bucket Brigade; "Clean air. Justice. Sustainability."http://www.dscej.org/Deep South Center for Environmental Justicehttp://nocompromise.org/animal liberationhttp://www.wildroots.org/NC homestead, primitive livinghttp://www.chelseagreen.com/politics and practice of sustainable livinghttp://buffalofieldcampaign.org/http://www.shac7.com/.animal liberation political prisonershttp://www.sfei.org/San Francisco Estuary Institutehttp://www.bringingbackthenatives.net/east bay native plant tourshttp://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=7green building, etc Alameda countyhttp://www.wildcalifornia.org/EPIChttp://www.earthisland.org/Earth Island Institutehttp://www.celdf.org/Community Environmental Legal Defense Fundhttp://www.sfuaa.org/SF Urban Ag. Assoc.http://www.indigenous-permaculture.com/http://www.greenforall.org/splashgreen anti-povertyhttp://www.350.org/enactivism re climate crisishttp://ashsunstein.com/re coalhttp://nmenvirolaw.org/New Mexicohttp://www.stoptheache.org/Appalachian mountain-top removalhttp://greenmanproject.net/urban gardening, etc.

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Wow.....you've been busy!!! THAT'S AWESOME! I belong to 15 environmental groups and that's why I am able to keep on top of so many issues. They come in my email and bombard my snail mail but you have listed some wetsites I have not yet visited though I have been to some of them. Thanks I will check out those I have not visited and will certainly sign their petitions. I hope others will begin to also.

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THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER FOR THIS! THERE IS A PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG THAT YOU CAN SIGN. HERE IS A COPY OF IT.

Please encourage our elected officials to help us stop Codorniu’s Artesa Napa Winery and Premier Pacific Vineyards from destroying coastal redwood forest and Native American heritage for financial gain.

THE STORY:

In northern California, near the town of Annapolis in Sonoma County, there is a redwood forest that has been trying to replenish itself after taking a huge hit from logging in the past century. If, starting now, we prevent further environmental damage and allow the forest the time it needs to repair itself, it will recover. Through these redwoods runs the Gualala River; it contains endangered salmon, a vital part of the area’s ecosystem.

Two wineries, Artesa Napa Winery and Premier Pacific Vineyards, are proposing to clear-cut over 1,900 acres of these redwoods to be replaced by their vineyards.

In addition to its environmental significance, this area also holds great spiritual and cultural significance to a tribe of Native Americans, the Kashia Pomo, who still live there and regard it as a blessed place where their ancestors lived.

This area under threat is home to more than 50 rare and sensitive plant and animal species, and salmon are struggling to survive. If the proposals of these vineyards succeed, pressure for further development will increase, the salmon face extinction and the entire ecosystem will suffer a blow too catastrophic to recover from.

This is the farthest thing from what this recovering ecosystem and its people need at this crucial stage of recovery.

OUR STANCE:

I strongly oppose:

1. the project near Annapolis, California, the “Artesa Napa – Fairfax vineyard project”, Codorniu Napa's Artesa Winery's proposition to destroy over 140 acres of coastal redwood forest above endangered salmon streams to develop new vineyards that would permanently eliminate forested watershed area,

2. Premier Pacific Vineyards’ “Preservation Ranch” plan to cultivate more Pinot Noir grapes and build 60 high-end estates on adjacent lands it already owns, destroying thousands of acres of redwoods and

3. the conversion of redwood forests to vineyards above the Gualala River, including the Artesa project, as there are comparable profitable alternative locations available for vineyard development that do not require permanent destruction of redwood forests or degradation of salmon streams by alteration to intensive agriculture. Artesa Napa and its parent company, Codorniu, as well as Premier Pacific Vineyards, will receive unfavorable publicity with the creation of environmentally damaging vineyards constructed out of California redwood forests.

OUR GOAL:

We are calling on Codorniu to withdraw the Artesa project proposal, as stated in a recent letter by a coalition of local organizations. If Codorniu takes this action, it can set a precedent for the much larger Preservation Ranch project to reconsider its proposal.

In addition, we call on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to take a stand that they do not support cutting down irreplaceable forests to develop wineries in their jurisdiction. An early statement of their position will go a long way in stopping these destructive projects.

YOU CAN FIND THIS PETITION AT THE BELOW LINK TO ACTUALLY SIGN.

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-wineries-from-destroying-ca-redwoods-and-native-american-heritage

Resources:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0825-redwoods-vineyards-20110825,0,1321080.story

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110731/ARTICLES/110739987/1334/news?p=all&tc=pgall

http://www.gualalariver.org/vineyards/artesa.html

http://www.gualalariver.org/vineyards/letters.html

http://www.gualalariver.org/vineyards/PreservationRanch.html

http://www.ncriverwatch.org/wordpress/2011/08/03/pomo-elders-speak-out-about-vineyards/

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Well if they build the Keystone XL they will be clear cutting a path 300 feet wide through 109 miles of forest. They DON'T CARE! It's all about $$$$$$ in their bank accounts.

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