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Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

on 13/06/11 at 1:18 pm

Wine

Two proposed “timberland-to-vineyard” conversion projects that would clear almost 2,000 acres of redwoods and firs in California’s Sonoma County have some residents saying enough is enough.

Despite recent declines in high-end wine sales and a glut of grape production in Sonoma County, the winemakers are investing millions in environmental studies for the projects.

Napa Valley’s Artesa Vineyards wants to plant on 151 acres on a site containing redwoods and artifacts from ancient Kashaya Pomo villages.

Premier Pacific Vineyards wants to put grapes on about 1,800 acres of the 20,000 it owns in a project called Preservation Ranch that will also include residential housing.

A group of residents are calling the projects unnecessary “vanity vineyards” that will do long-term damage to the Gualala River by taking water and introducing pesticides.

SOURCE: Forbes

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