Sebastopol vineyard conversion cleanup begins

Matt Brown, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Work is underway to repair the environmental damage done during a controversial orchard-to-vineyard conversion project near Sebastopol, winemaker Paul Hobbs said.

The county shut down the Watertrough Road project last month after inspectors found that bay laurel and blackberry bushes were removed illegally from a protected zone above a creek and that erosion-control measures were not in place.

Biologists have been to the property to assess the damage and formulate a plan to fix it, Hobbs said.

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