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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Spanish Winemaker Artesa Vineyards Plans To Destroy 154 acres of California Coastal Redwoods & Compact Soils.[Project Map] #CaParks

Spanish-owned winemaker Artesa Vineyards and Winery Plans To Level 154 acres of California Coast Redwoods and Douglas Firs to make way for Vineyards in the Gualala River watershed.

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CAL FIRE Approved this project. 

Spanish winemaker is planning to plans to destroy 154 acres of coastal redwoods and Douglas firs in the 173 acre project site to make space for new grapevines which should be grown down in the valley with other commercial crops.

Since the permit process for the 20,000 acre Preservation Ranch development (over 1600 acres of vineyards) was withdrawn earlier in 2013, the Artesa-Sonoma project is the only forest-to-vineyard conversion project poised to proceed in California.

Public opposition to the project has been intense and sustained. Over 92,000 people signed a petition opposing the Artesa and Preservation Ranch projects. which is now closed, Artesa made any reply to the petitions

 Artesa Vineyards Destruction Project Site
The 173 acre Artesa-Sonoma vineyard project in Annapolis, remote northwestern Sonoma County, was authorized by CAL FIRE in 2012 to proceed with deforestation of the project site that lies within a rich and unique archaeological complex of Pomo village and camp sites.

Sequoia sempervirens /sɨˈkɔɪ.ə sɛmpərˈvaɪərənz/[2] is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwoodCalifornia redwood, and giant redwood.[3] It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more.[4] This species includes the tallest trees living now on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 26 feet (7.9 m) indiameter at breast height. Before commercial logging and clearing began by the 1850s, this massive tree occurred naturally in an estimated 2,100,000 acres (8,500 km2) along much of coastal California (excluding southern California where rainfall is not sufficient) and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States. An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut down,[5] due to its excellent properties for use as lumber in construction.
The name sequoia sometimes refers to the subfamily Sequoioideae, which includes S. sempervirens along with Sequoiadendron (giant sequoia) and Metasequoia (dawn redwood). On its own, the term redwood usually refers to the coast redwood, which is covered in this article, and not to the other two species.

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