Pseudo-green Le Colline would sacrifice water for wine

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A Utah developer wants to destroy nearly 30 acres of native Napa County forestland to put in a vineyard he bills as offering "net zero" loss of carbon sequestration. Local citizens and climate and forest protection advocates think differently.

Among the values threatened by the controversial Le Colline project is the water quality of Lake Hennessey, source of some 70 percent of the City of Napa's drinking water.

Also in the crosshairs: habitat for rare species such as the foothill yellow-legged frog and Coast Range newt. Adjacent Linda Falls Nature Preserve, with its popular trails and impressive 50-foot waterfall (pictured above), would be within view of the project's expansive deforestation.

Contact Napa County officials to speak out against the Le Colline Vineyard Project!

The environmental report covering the proposal is incomplete with regard to carbon emissions, giving the lie to its touted "net zero" billing.

(Starting in 2016 Forests Forever campaigned for what became Measure C on Napa County's 2018 ballot. It would have established no-cut stream buffers and limited the destruction of watershed-buffering oak woodlands in the county. Despite being outspent by millions Measure C came within a mere 641 votes of victory. The campaign added momentum to the fight against the sprawling Walt Ranch development, which was recently halted.)

There is a hearing Aug. 15 on a Le Colline appeal now under consideration. Email or phone the county planning staff and supervisors, and/or attend the hearing in person on the 15th.

For a glimpse of the area scroll down to our Resources section and view a three-minute video.

Let's save Napa County's forests and watersheds! Stop Le Colline!

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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

Your contribution today will help California's forests thrive!


  • Here is a three-minute video of the Le Colline area, hosted by Kellie Anderson.
  • Add to your knowledge of the many concerns regarding Le Colline, set forth in this Center for Biological Diversity fact summary.
  • The Land Trust of Napa County in 2019 wrote a detailed letter with concerns about the project.
  • Learn more about Linda Falls Nature Preserve here.

Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places