At this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London, local gardener Kate Frey was once again awarded a gold medal for her sustainable winery garden design. Kate’s experience comes from her many years working at Fetzer Vineyards and now her current position managing the organic gardens at the Stanford Inn. This year’s entry illustrated the use of green power, water conservation and recycling through the use of wildflowers and agricultural and culinary plants. Kate previously won silver in 2003 and a gold in 2005. You may see Kate’s work at the Stanford Inn by the Sea gardens in Mendocino.
Archive for June, 2007
Conservation Group Buys 50,000 Acres of North Coast Redwoods
Saturday, June 16th, 2007
The nonprofit Redwood Forest Foundation, with 100% financing from Bank of America, has purchased 50,000 acres of redwood forest in northern Mendocino County for $65 million. The forest tract is about 25 miles north of Fort Bragg, adjacent to the Lost Coast. Much of the debt will be paid down through the sale of a conservation easement to another nonprofit group.
The group plans to use the land for commercial timber harvesting, while protecting the land from development. Art Hardwood, president of the Redwood Forest Foundation, explained that the pressure to sell forest lands is high in Northern California, and the group wanted to prevent the subdivision of the area into smaller parcels. This area, called Andersonia back in the heyday of logging in the county, is located to the west of Highway 101 between the towns of Piercy and Leggett. (The famous Lost Coast and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park are located just to the west of the area on the coast.)
Foundation officials plan to let the land rest for 8 years, and then begin sustainable timber harvesting. They will never log more than 3% of the area at a time, and their intention is to eventually have a cap on harvesting.
The Foundation plans to sell the conservation easement to the Conservation Fund, which in turn plans to purchase the easement with state funds approved last year in Proposition 84. According to Chris Kelly, manager of the Conservation Fund’s California operations, “Our intention is to have an agreement allowing no subdivision, development or conversion to nonforest uses, and possibly there will be a cap on harvesting.”
Groundfish Season is Now Open
Sunday, June 10th, 2007
Sport fishing for rockfish and other groundfish is now open to boat-based anglers along the North-Central Coast through November 30, in the region between Cape Mendocino and Pigeon Point. Daily limits apply – check for specific regulations or call 831-649-2801.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
Want something fun and different this weekend? Check out the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Mendocino’s very own Hill House of Cabot Cove, home of Murder She Wrote. Help solve the mystery of “Murder of Tortellini Winery” or …. The Winemaker Was Crushed? June 8 & 9, $30.00 Price of Admission includes Dinner and Show. Call Rick’s Restaurant and Lounge at (707) 937-3200 or (707) 937-0577.