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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Clearcutting of Redwoods for Sonoma County Vineyard

October 28, 2013

Lawsuit Filed to Stop Clearcutting of Redwoods for Sonoma County Vineyard
Artesa project location

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (RPRN) 10/28/13 — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit  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 Codorníu 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

CONTACT

Chris Poehlmann, Friends of the Gualala River, (707) 886-5182

Dave Jordan, Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, (707) 884-3426

Justin Augustine, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x 302

Media Contact Name: Chris Poehlmann
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Media Phone: (707) 886-5182
Media Web Address: http://gualalariver.org/vineyards/Clearcutting-Redwoods-for-Vineyard.html
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