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Timber Regulating Timber

The Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) seemed to have a sure-fire plan when it proposed to receive $19.5 million for its conservation of the 50,000-acre Usal Redwood Forest – northwestern…

The Fisher Octopus

The Fisher Octopus

The Fisher family's roughly $10 billion in assets are spread across an opaque web of globe-spanning investments. One of their main money vehicles is Sansome Partners, the San Francisco- and…

Cap & Trade: Selling Pollution

Cap & Trade: Selling Pollution

Across the last 160 years, the timber industry has leveled the largest trees in California's north coast counties in a burst of wealth that would be impossible to replicate for…

The Russian River: Everybody Wants Some, But…

The Russian River, as we know it today, arises in the pine-studded hills surrounding Potter Valley, with an overwhelming infusion of Eel River water helping it on its way as…

Who Funds Mendo Politics?

The people who fund American politics are already breaking spending records in the 2016 election season, collectively pouring billions of dollars into national, state, and even some local contests as…

Chevron’s New Willits Investments

Chevron’s New Willits Investments

Chevron's Richmond oil refinery is a colossal system of pipes, towers, smokestacks, and storage tanks perched on a peninsula of low hills rising from the San Francisco Bay. According to…

Redwood Valley Water

In 1979, the federal Bureau of Reclamation made the first of two loans to the Redwood Valley County Water District for a network of pipes, valves, and pumps to draw…

The Imazapyr Alliance

The Imazapyr Alliance

On June 10th, 2015, the Albion-Little River Fire Protection District's board of directors considered a resolution at a public meeting to prohibit intentionally killing trees and leaving them standing dead.…

Sonoma Supes Drunk On Wine Money

Sonoma Supes Drunk On Wine Money

Last spring, Sonoma County supervisors Efren Carrillo, James Gore, and Susan Gorin traveled to Sacramento to meet with some of California's highest-ranking regulatory officials: California Secretary of Food and Agriculture…

Reclaiming Tolay Lake

Reclaiming Tolay Lake

On the second day of 2016, I have gathered with Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribal Councilmembers Lorelle Ross and Gene Buvelot to observe the southern view from the eastern…

Feds May Use Eminent Domain to Build California Dam

Early last year, four US Bureau of Reclamation officials came to Anita Lodge’s seven-acre property deep in the San Joaquin River gorge, 33 miles northeast of Fresno. They explained in…

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