Town Hall Coalition in the News

New Attitude on Grape Growing
Tim Tesconi/ Press Democrat/ August 25, 2006

County Close to Setting Timberland Rules: Strictest Standards in State Would Limit Conversion to Vineyards, Orchards on About 200,000 Acres
Bleys Rose/ Press Democrat/ December
14, 2005

Timberland-to-vineyard rules before supervisors
Hearing weighs controversial issue affecting 200,000 acres

Bleys Rose/ Press Democrat/ December 13, 2005

County's Vineyard vs. Forest Debate Escalates: Supervisors Deciding on What Types of Restrictions Needed, if any, for Converting Timberlands to Grapes
Kerry Benefield/ Press Democrat/ August 21, 2005

Vineyards in California are expanding into habitat for birds, foxes, bobcats, and other native animals
Cheryl Lyn Dybas/ Wildlife Conservation Society/ June 3, 2005

Conservationists, grape growers argue over conversion regulations
Spencer Soper/ Press Democrat/ April 22, 2005

Nature in a Bottle
Gordy Slack/ California Wild-CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES/ Spring 2005

Grower plans grapes, timber
Coastal parcel's proposed transformation raises environmentalists' hackles

Carol Benfell/ Press Democrat/ February 25, 2005

Environmental groups band together
Dawn Pillsbury/ Sonoma West Times and News/ December 9, 2004

Vision for coastal ridge clouded
Carol Benfell/ Press Democrat/ May 29, 2004

Sweeping proposal favors forests over vines
Panel urges ban on large-scale clearing to plant grapes

Carol Benfell/ Press Democrat/ July 21, 2003

Landowner bulldozes into trouble
County OK'd west county clearing, but state, feds object

Carol Benfell/ Press Democrat/ January 16, 2003

Supervisor proposes limiting grape expansion
Plans to convert timberland to vineyards spur debate

By Tom Chorneau / The Press Democrat / December 23, 2002

Globalization comes to water bags
Mike Sandler and Toben Dilworth / Press Democrat / December 8, 2002

California Wine Sector to Go Green to Avert Regulation
Jim Christie / Reuters / October 25, 2002

Town's First Winery Opposed
Criticism High as Phelps Seeks Approval for Rural Location

Carol Benfell / Press Democrat / May 28, 2002

Environmentalist Hill urges individual activism
Mary Callahan / Press Democrat / March 28, 2002

County likely to expand inquiry into drilling wells long-awaited report on water issues to be presented to Board of Supervisors today
Matt Weiser / Press Democrat / June 12, 2001

Taking a Deeper Look at Breast Cancer
Susan Swartz / Press Democrat / April 1, 2001

Vineyard reality anti-grape rhetoric doesn't reflect current farming practices
Press Democrat / February 6, 2001

Political E-Gadflies
Bill Workman / San Francisco Chronicle / February 5, 2001
Civic watchdogs are reaching a greater audience on-line

Wine leaders have new agenda, grape growers association campaigns to build, maintain values
Tim Tesconi / Press Democrat / February 4, 2001

Growers' uphill battle regulation have raised environmental awareness, but they also have made planting new vines costlier and more time-consuming
Tim Tesconi / Press Democrat / February 4, 2001

Pesticide tied to dead birds found in water
Mary Callahan / Press Democrat / January 21, 2001

Public deserves a say in battling pest
Lynn Hamilton and Tara Treasurefield / Press Democrat / August 15, 2000

The Grapes of Wrath
Patricia King / Newsweek / June 12, 2000
A battle over the land in California's wine country

The Kids in the Hall
Stephanie Hiller / Sonoma County Independent / March 30, 2000
Grassroots movement grows in opposition to vineyard expansions

Wine country in California enters season of discontent
John Ritter / USA Today / November 1, 1999
Longtime residents and conservationists say too many forested hillsides are being bulldozed for vineyards. Vintners say their opponents are guilty of hypocrisy

The Wrath of Grapes
Sara Peyton / Sonoma County Independent / October 28, 1999
West county residents are seeing red over rampant vineyard expansion

Open Gates Might Mend the Fences
Chris Coursey / Press Democrat / September 3, 1999

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