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Redwood Valley

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The west fork of the Russian River defines Redwood Valley, a grapegrowing area since the 1800s. The west fork dries up in the summer and reflects the natural condition of the Russian River before hydroelectric and water supply projects created artificial summer flows. Forsythe Creek is the largest tributary to the west fork and supports steelhead trout and Coho salmon.

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Guidi's bar and store in Talmage, year unknown

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Redwood Valley in 1907

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West fork of the Russian River in 2009

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Parducci Winery was one of the first wineries in Mendocino County and is based in Redwood Valley

 

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Light Vineyards
Light Vineyards is an organic vineyard near the west fork of the Russian River, certified in 2002. Owner Rudy Light and manager Tim Buckner have planted thousands of oak trees over the rangeland portion of the property and completed a major riparian restoration of the west fork of the Russian River just downstream of the East Road Bridge.

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Enrolled

Golden Vineyards – Heart Arrow Ranch
Golden Vineyards was established in 1996 in Redwood Valley. The Heart Arrow Ranch is a 970-acre property with 32 acres of vineyards and olive orchards owned by Joe and Julie Golden. Situated in the mountains above Forsythe Creek, the property protects the headwaters of several major tributary creeks to the Russian River which support salmon and steelhead. This ranch was enrolled in 2002 and was recognized for its environmental excellence in 2007 with an award for Light Touch Vineyard Development and Operation. As part of the management of the property, vineyard manager Jerry Yates has focused on soil conservation, and uses organic and biodynamic methods. Only the vineyard and orchard areas are fenced in order to provide maximum wildlife use on the uncultivated lands. The Golden Family are third generation farmers in Mendocino County and are dedicated to using environmentally sound practices to grow grapes, promoting wildlife habitat on their property and passing this legacy onto their children and future generations. Additional site: Fairbairn Ranch in Hopland-Sanel Valley.. Visit www.goldenvineyards.com.

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West fork of Russian River prior to restoration in 1999.

 

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West fork of Russian River after restoration in 2005.

 

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Uva Drive Ranch
This 50-acre site, owned by Tim and Shawna Todd, is situated adjacent to Forsythe Creek and includes a well-vegetated riparian corridor. Over a third of the property remains wildland.

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Forsythe Creek on the Uva Ranch site is revegetated with willow

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Chapman Vineyards
Argile Chapman manages two small vineyard sites totaling 23 acres. He seeds his vineyards with an organic cover crop mix to create a thick green carpet of peas, beans, vetch, oats, barley, and clover that works to prevent soil erosion during the rainy season.

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Redwood Valley Vineyards
Owner Charlie Barr has been farming this 175-acre site for 60 years, and has implemented many innovative soil and water conservation techniques during this time.

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Oster Wine Cellars—Tomki Vineyard and Oster Vineyard
These two small sites, totaling nearly 50 acres, are farmed organically by manager Joe Gozza and the Oster family. Visit www.osterwine.com.

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