Defenders of East Napa Watersheds
Two watersheds at risk
Pristine oak habitat at risk
Property values at risk
Wildlife at risk
Their profit, at our risk
Our community and our properties are under serious threat. A huge development project intends to cut 14,000+ mature trees from our surrounding hillsides, greatly disrupting a pristine oak woodland habitat and changing the nature of two undisturbed watersheds.
The effects of the Walt Ranch Vineyard Conversion project are likely to be devastating to the land itself, to those of us who live near it, and to the local environment as a whole. Water availability and quality. Deforestation. Dispersion of wildlife. Erosion. Air quality. Damage to the property values of our homes and an assault on our quiet and peaceful lifestyle.
We have joined forces with other concerned groups from Atlas Peak, Monticello Road, and Soda Canyon, as well as the Sierra Club and Living Rivers Council. We helped form the Napa Vision 2050 coalition to join forces across the county to bring some sense back into local development planning. Together, we have challenged the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Reports presented to Napa County by Hall Brambletree of Frisco, Texas. These reports give no consideration to the impact on Circle Oaks and beyond. It is critical that we become informed and stand together as a community under threat.
Join us. Become more informed. Protect our local resources, our rural way of life, and our property values. Show your support by attending Napa County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings, sending your concerns by email or letter to the Napa County Board of Supervisors and the County of Napa Planning Commission, as well as letters to the Napa Register (and comment on letters and articles online). Our voices are being heard—we are making a positive impact!
The Napa County Board of Supervisors approved the Walt project. Opposition has now moved into litigation. Lawsuits have been filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, the Circle Oaks Homes Association and the Circle Oaks Water District, and the Living Rivers Council. This website will be updated with more recent information soon. A new map showing the parcels and planned clearcutting sites has been added to the maps section.
The unprecedented opposition to this project has resulted in a significant reduction in scope, but monitoring and mitigation of the still significant issues have not been adequately addressed.