UPDATE: Quick afternoon update to end your week on a high note.
Logger Ken Bareilles Charged with Violations Carrying Hefty Fines
It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch. We have news. The Water Quality Board is charging Ken Bareilles with violations that result in hefty fines.
The case against Humboldt County attorney and timber operator, Ken Bareilles, will be considered in a public hearing of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on Friday June 16th. Bareilles owns the Fox Meadows property with his wife, Linda, with critical riparian habitat in the headwaters of Felta Creek in Healdsburg.
Until the property was affected by the Walbridge Fire of 2020, Bareilles’ applications to heavily log the steep hillsides of the property had been denied twice by Cal Fire. As a licensed timber operator, Bareilles has been cited with environmental violations throughout the last two decades. But under a Salvage Exemption, he was able to log with apparent impunity. It was carried out with all too predictable results: the failure to protect critical habitat and numerous incidences of sedimentation into the creek. The Water Board has charged Mr. Bareilles with a fine of $251,000.00 for failing to protect Felta Creek after repeated site visits and warnings.
Friends of Felta Creek acknowledges the dedication of the NCRWQCB for its pursuit of accountability. We encourage you to write to the Water Board (staff and board addresses below) or to appear in person at the hearing to show your support for the Water Board prosecuting Bareilles to the full extent of their authority.
We are, as of yet, uncertain if FFC will have the opportunity to voice our support but we believe our respectful presence will be known. If you’d like to appear in person, please let us know so we can be as organized as possible. RSVP here.
5550 Skylane Blvd. Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The meeting is scheduled to start at 9am. Participating via Zoom is an option. At this time, we do not have an exact time when the Bareilles case will be heard.
Please use the following links to read the complaint and details about the procedure. Also available at friendsoffeltacreek.org
We will send out an update on Monday, June 12 and do our best to update friendsoffeltacreek.org
Thank you for helping us help the Water Board hold Ken Bareilles accountable for his irresponsible actions.
And if you missed it, please take a look at Mary Callahan’s excellent article on the subject from the PD. Here.
Many kind regards,
Email letters of support for ACL #R1-2023-0026 to: