Baylen Linnekin writes in Reason about a Napa Valley winery that is suing the county over excessive environmental regulations.
- According to local wineries, Napa county’s environmental rules are burdensome and hinder innovative practices.
- After a 2020 wildfire winemakers have tried to clear burned brush and plant experimental drought resistant grapes, but have faced regulatory hurdles to implement these practices.
- Importantly, these crops and planting methods would make wildfires in the area less damaging while making the local environment healthier.
- Regulations must be smart and unleash the innovation of landowners and the private sector.
“‘If successful, such a dry-farmed vineyard would provide numerous benefits, including increased erosion control with a vineyard that would develop the deep and extensive root growth required to reach water sources in the ground; a substantial protective fire-break guarding the Property’s, and neighboring properties’ structures; a more beautiful view when compared to the barren, burned-out landscape left behind by the Glass Fire; and potentially an economically productive use of the land,’ the suit details.”
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