A Spanish company is angling to build a new vineyard in the town of Annapolis, California. Sounds fine, right?
But the plans call for:
- Destroying 140 acres of majestic redwood forest,
- Building the vineyard on top of the ancient burial grounds of the Kashia Pomo tribe (many of whom still live and worship in those woods), and
- Harming the Gualala River, home to endangered salmon and other at-risk wildlife.
California resident Marie Casias likes wine, but she thinks this is crazy — and people around the country are starting to agree. Marie’s petition on Change.org calling on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and other officials to put a stop to this is growing quickly. And we’ve jumped in to help her out by asking you to sign it too.
Click below to sign Marie’s petition to prevent the Spanish wine company from decimating Sonoma’s redwoods.
It’s not often that the folks at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection receive this kind of national attention. Imagine their faces as your message, and messages from 50 states, start accumulating in support of protecting the forest. They’ll almost certainly think twice before approving the proposal.
Sign the petition now, then forward this post to everyone you know:
Dal S. says
Outrageous dose not say it all. Why don’t they see if they can build a winery on meshell Obamas garden?
Virginia Brookins-Brown - Wintu Tribe says
As a Native American of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and lifelong resident of the Napa/Sonoma area, I am sickened by the lack of insight shown by so many individuals and companies when it comes to Native American issues. What a flap there would be if one of our tribes took over a Catholic or Baptist (or any) church and urinated in their vessels, burned their hymn books, desecrated their statutes and alters? People seem to think there are no more native people around. Just because we arae scattered throughout the neighborhoods and cities of this nation. I hope that my native brothers and sisters will rise up and stop this latest indignety to our sacred places. There is no excuse whatsoever for this insult to the people who are native to this land by intruders.
Rosalind Gardner says
Thanks kindly for sharing, Virginia… and I’m with you. The forest was my father’s church and now it is mine. 🙂
David McCullough says
I don’t know all the details of this, but one question is; Who owns the land? That’s a big question, although I agree that land uses should fit the area, private property rights should also be strongly considered.