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In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-napa-valley-vineyards-take-a-bigger-bite-out-of-forests-and-biodiversity The steady expansion of vineyards in California’s premier wine-growing region is moving uphill into oak and other woodlands and is adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Other wine areas, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Mendoza in Argentina, are facing similar…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

Time to support SB 252-Dodds. It is a step in the right direction. Here is the direct link and article/video below on how our water resources are being “mined” by financiers in California. Some communities are working on regulations that state: “Prohibition…

 

Mendocino Group supports timber harvest lawsuit in Albion

“…. the war never ends. It just takes on different forms.” https://sierraclub.org/redwood/blog/2017/02/mendocino-group-supports-timber-harvest-lawsuit-albion By Shoshana Hebshi, Redwood Chapter Communications Coordinator Being an environmentalist on the North Coast can feel like standing in front of an armed tank in peaceful protest during a…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

In Paso Robles, financiers are buying up vineyards for the unfettered water rights and selling it back to residents. Paso Robles had a vineyard explosion that led to dry wells and drilling over 1,200 feet into ancient aquifers. This is…

 

UPDATE: TAX ON WINE GRAPES AS WELL AS ON CANNABIS?

MARCH 26, 2017 UPDATE: The reaction of residents to the idea of taxing the wine industry for grapes in the same way cannabis growers are being taxed on marijuana crops is growing, as evidenced by another letter in yesterday’s Santa…

 

Appeals Court Backs Napa County in Watershed Initiative Dispute

napavalleyregister.com/news/local/appeals-court-backs Appeals court backs Napa County in Watershed Initiative Dispute BARRY EBERLING beberling@napanews.com Barry Eberling   California’s First District Court of Appeal has issued a decision making it harder for backers of a controversial watershed and oak protection initiative to…

 

Greenbelt Alliance has praise and warnings for Napa County

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/greenbelt-alliance-has-praise-and-warnings-for-napa-county/article_5f0929f5-03c7-56d3-8f24-69b33e655564.html Greenbelt Alliance has praise and warnings for Napa County BARRY EBERLING beberling@napanews.com   Feb 4, 2017 Updated 20 hrs agoAmong Bay Area counties, Napa County has the lowest amount of land at risk for what the Greenbelt Alliance calls “sprawl” development, though…