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Healdsburg/Chalk Hill

Healdsburg/Chalk Hill Map

This portion of the Russian River watershed is located adjacent to and south of Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley, and Alexander Valley. Healdsburg lies along the Russian River downstream of the Fitch Mountain gorge. This hard rock gorge separates the Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley. Vineyards, fruit orchards, cattle, and dairies were traditional agricultural uses in this area. Tributary creeks include Felta, Mill, Franz, lower Maacama, Foss, and Brooks creeks.

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Russian River upstream of Healdsburg in 1916
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Grape harvest in 1925
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Women’s’ wine barrel race in 1946 in the Russian River at Healdsburg

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Simi Winery
Simi Winery was first established in 1876 by the Simi Family and re-located to Healdsburg in 1881. Simi Winery’s vineyards along Maacama Creek served as the model site for the field testing of the Fish Friendly Farming program in 1998. Originally certified in 2003, this 293-acre site is located along lower Maacama Creek and on an adjacent hillside, where no-till management techniques are used to conserve soil. Simi Winery has preserved a diverse and healthy riparian corridor over 335 ft. wide. Vineyard manager Tom Gore works to control invasive non-native plants along Maacama Creek and replant native species to benefit wildlife. In 2007, Simi Winery was given an award by FFF recognizing Outstanding Efforts in Stream Habitat Improvement and Restoration. The Simi Winery vineyards were re-certified in 2008. Visit www.simiwinery.com.

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Simi winery vineyards in 1946
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Simi winery in 1952 with baskets ready for the grape harvest
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The grape harvest at Simi winery involved the entire family

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Deridere Aper Vinea Vineyards
This 140-acre site is located in the Maacama Creek watershed. Several ephemeral creeks run through the property and owner Seavor Page plants willows along these creeks to reduce erosion. Cover crops and woodchip mulch are used to conserve soil and improve water quality to spawning habitats downstream.

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Green Pastures
This 115-acre site includes 10 acres of vineyards and a large area of coniferous forest. Felta Creek flows through this site and supports steelhead trout spawning and rearing. Owners Clint Folger and Ruth Stadnik manage their land with the ecosystem in mind. They have worked with the California Department of Fish and Game to install structures to improve in-stream habitats. A major project to remove invasive non-native blue periwinkle and Himalayan blackberry and revegetate with native plants will be implemented in the near future in conjunction with the FFF program. Green Pastures has received an award from FFF for Outstanding Efforts in Stream Habitat and Restoration.

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The vineyards at Green Pastures are managed with no tillage reducing soil erosion and runoff to Felta Creek

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Low flow sprinklers use less water for frost control and changes in water diversions were made to further benefit fish.

Other Rodney Strong sites: Alexander’s Crown/Charlotte’s Home Vineyard, Brothers Vineyard, Bud’s Ranch, Hubbard Ranch, Piccolo Ranch, Pine Flat Ranch, and Rockaway Ranch in the Alexander Valley section; Bynum Vineyard/Front Gate/Backbone and Chalk Hill Vineyard in the Santa Rosa section

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Rodney Strong Vineyards-Jane's Vineyard —River East Ranch
This 32-acre site houses the Rodney Strong Winery. The vineyard is managed for soil and water conservation, and the creeks are being managed to remove invasive, non-native plants such as Ludwigia or water primrose. Visit www.rodneystrong.com

Other Rodney Stong sites: Hubbard, Bellotti, Bridge, Piccolo, Pine Flat, Rockaway, and Wild Oak Ranches in Alexander Valley section; Jane’s Ranch and Creekside Ranch in the Santa Rosa section

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Cover crops protect soil

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Medlock-Ames Vineyards and Winery
This 335-acre site in the Maacama Creek watershed is dissected by a number of smaller creeks. Owner Ames Morrison manages the vineyards with a variety of cover crops to protect soil and improve water and grape quality. Visit www.medlockames.com.

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Seghesio Family Vineyards—San Lorenzo Ranch
The Seghesio family began growing grapes on this 32-acre site in 1896. Peter Seghesio and vineyard manager Jim Neumiller are managing the family’s properties for soil and water conservation. Visit www.seghesio.com.

Other Seghesio Family Vineyards site:—Home Ranch

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The Seghesio San Lorenzo Ranch borders the Russian River in the Fitch Mountain area

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