Gualala River Forest
Mouth of the Gualala River. Photo by Herman Turnip/Flickr
Next door to our Garcia River Forest, the 14,000-acre Gualala River Forest shares its remarkable canopy of redwoods and Douglas firs. Beneath these magnificent trees, the Gualala River courses across the property, providing important spawning habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout. For some time, this land was at real risk of being converted and lost forever. At least five vineyards have emerged nearby, with forests being clear-cut to make way for wine grapes—often to the detriment of coho salmon and other species. To protect the Gualala River Forest, we acquired the property in December, 2011, ensuring the land will be sustainably harvested to restore and maintain a healthy balance of trees, water quality and local jobs.