Stop Vineyard from Destroying Rare Redwood Forests

11-6-13 Redwoods Pic

Target: Artesa Vineyard and Winery

Goal: Halt Artesa Vineyard and Winery’s plans to destroy 154 acres of Redwood forest

Artesa Vineyard and Winery recently announced their intention to destroy 154 acres of Redwood forest in Sonoma County, California. They plan to use the newly-razed land for planting more grapes to increase their wine production. Sonoma County is one of the few places on the planet that has the right conditions and temperature for the Redwood forests to successfully grow and support a habitat for plants and animals. Tell Artesa Vineyard and Winery to grow their grapes somewhere that won’t cause irreparable damage to the environment.

Redwoods are the biggest trees on Earth and can reach more than 350 feet high, if given the chance to grow. Some of these trees sprouted as long as 2,000 years ago and are still standing today. Besides their breathtaking beauty, it is also important to note that these forests provide a very practical service. The Redwoods are a natural habitat for many species and the tree roots also stabilize the soil against erosion.

These trees have survived thousands of rain showers and hungry animals over the years only to be destroyed in one step by Artesa Vineyard and Winery. What’s especially disheartening is that permission was given by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to destroy those 154 acres of Redwood forest. How could it be productive for the environment to allow the destruction of these ancient trees that can only grow in this section of California? Artesa Vineyard and Winery is thinking about what will gain them more profit, not what is best for the Earth. Help protect these majestic trees and the forests that are home to countless wildlife. Tell Artesa Vineyard and Winery to plant their grapes elsewhere.


Dear Artesa Vineyard and Winery,

I recently learned about your plans to destroy 154 acres of Redwood forest in favor of planting grapes to help increase the profits of your vineyard. However, the trees you are planning to raze can grow to be the tallest on Earth and can also stand for as long as 2,000 years. Please reconsider your plans to destroy this beautiful piece of nature, and plant your grapes elsewhere.

Redwood forests also provide a very practical service: the trees support a variety of species in their natural habit and help prevent dangerous soil erosion. It will take another 16 years for a seed planted today to grow to the height and maturity of the trees you are planning to decimate.

Please do not destroy these Redwood trees, and instead plant your vineyard in a place that does not utterly destroy a beautiful, useful section of the environment.


[Your Name Here]

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