Lawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern California Redwoods

Center for Biological Diversity

Conservation groups filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit today against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a logging project in a redwood forest near Northern California’s Gualala River.

Today’s action by the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Gualala River seeks a court order stopping the timber company from logging some of the last remaining mature floodplain redwood forest in the region. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, aims to protect Northern California steelhead, Central California Coast coho salmon, California red-legged frogs, and northern spotted owls from extinction.

“We hope the court puts an end to this destructive logging project,” said Peter Galvin, cofounder of the Center. “The Gualala River’s redwood ecosystem is a California treasure that must be protected to stop the extinction crisis facing species like the steelhead and coho salmon.”

The proposed logging, on 342 acres of private land in Sonoma County, would remove mature redwoods from the lower Gualala River watershed. The Gualala River redwood forest is much beloved by locals and has been staunchly defended by Friends of Gualala River since 1992.

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