Friends of Gualala River

From Wikitia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Friends of Gualala River
Formation1992; 32 years ago (1992)
  • Gualala, California
Board of directors
  • Charles Ivor (President)
  • Richard Jackson (Vice President)
  • Nathan Ramser (Secretary)
  • Jeanne Jackson (Treasurer)
Add a Photo

Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Gualala, California. Its mission is to protect the Gualala River watershed and the species that live in it.


The Gualala River watershed provides essential habitat for protected species like the California red-legged frog, Northern spotted owl, Marbled murrelet, Coho salmon, and Steelhead trout. The watershed also has old growth redwoods and other native plant species. In 1992, FoGR was formed by local residents over concerns of the impact that local timber harvesting plans (THPs) would have on the watershed. Logging timber can negatively impact.[1] the local ecosystem and FoGR members wanted to ensure local plant and animal species were protected.

While FoGR has primarily responded to various THPs like the floodplain Dogwood plan, the organization has also been involved in protecting the Gualala River from water exporting[2] and helping to protect against forest conversion projects like Preservation Ranch.[3]

FoGR often consults with scientific experts[4] to form fact-based stances on environmental issues and disseminates information about the watershed to the public. It accomplishes this by hosting public events and presentations given by scientists, naturalists, and other environmental professionals.

Past efforts

  • Helped defeat the first and second iterations of the Dogwood THP logging plan over a five year period [5]
  • Campaigned against the development of the Preservation Ranch project [6]
  • Defeated plans by entrepreneurs to export river water in ocean going bladders to Southern California [7] [8]
  • Defeated a plan by a European company to convert local redwood forestland to vineyards [9] [10]
  • Commented on numerous THPs to press for watershed protections


  1. "Logging and its effect on the ecosystem".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "ICO Article: Alaskan firm targets water".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Preservation Ranch saved in record deal".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Letters written by experts".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Threat to Gualala River Dogwood Forest logging ends with court decision". Sonoma County Gazette.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Preservation Ranch officially preserved". The Press Democrat.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Drought solution in the bag / Towing water south in balloons proposed". SFGate.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Water Harvesting Plan Changes Course". Los Angeles Times.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine". National Public Radio.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Ruling deals setback to Artesa's disputed vineyard plan". The Press Democrat.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links

Add External links

This article "Friends of Gualala River" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical. Articles taken from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be accessed on Wikipedia's Draft Namespace.