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Sierra Club Scrapbook

Sierra Club Scrapbook Spells It Out
Perseverance Pays Off in Fight to Save Old-Growth Redwoods From the Saw



Sierra Club and local environmentalists reach mediated settlement
with Bohemian Club in Bohemian Grove logging dispute

The Sierra Club and the Bohemian Redwood Rescue Club (BRRC) are pleased to announce that a mediated settlement has been reached with the Bohemian Club over its long-range logging plans. A resubmitted Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP), revised to reflect the terms of the settlement agreement, has recently been released for public comment by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE). The Sierra Club, Bohemian Redwood Rescue Club and John Hooper personally have written CAL-FIRE expressing their support for the revised NTMP.  “We are pleased that the Bohemian Club has made significant changes to its long term forest management plan which will result in improved long-term protection and restoration of the majestic Bohemian Grove,” stated the Sierra Club’s Jay Halcomb. 

In March 2011, the Sierra Club and BRRC won a lawsuit (Sierra Club v. CAL-FIRE) in Sonoma County Superior Court, which required CAL-FIRE to rescind an NTMP it had previously issued to the Bohemian Club to log its Bohemian Grove property outside Monte Rio on the Russian River. The Court’s ruling was based largely on the fact that the NTMP had not considered a range of feasible, less damaging alternatives, a central provision of the California Environmental Quality Act. 

The settlement includes a number of changes to the Bohemian Club’s original long-term logging plan. The Bohemian Club has agreed to protect a greater number of large trees in the healthiest parts of the forest (technically called the RD4D strata) so that tree volume metrics are kept very similar to those in one of the finest old-growth stands on the property—the Upper Bull Barn old growth reference stand.  

The revised plan will include a stated objective that, at the end of 100 years, the RD4D strata that include the oldest and highest-quality trees will average 200 square feet of conifers per acre. Based on our calculations, this will include at least 46 square feet basal area per acre of the largest trees (those over 40 inches or more in diameter); and an additional 76 square feet basal area per acre of trees between 32 and 40 inches in diameter. This condition represents a significant change over the initially approved plan, which contemplated that these areas would contain 150 square feet of conifers per acre, including 30 square feet basal area per acre of trees 32 to 39 inches and 20 square feet basal area per acre of trees 40 inches and greater. The settlement ensures that more big trees will be growing 100 years from now and that the property will more quickly achieve its goal of old growth restoration.  

The revised plan also provides that redwood stand conditions in the RD4D strata will be achieved predominantly by ‘thinning from below,’ a light harvest technique that encourages old growth conditions by limiting cutting to smaller and suppressed trees.

The revised plan also provides that conifer harvest entries will not be more frequent than once every twenty years, absent unusual circumstances, such as fire danger.

In addition, although not reflected in the revised NTMP, the parties agreed that old growth stands and trees 40 inches diameter breast height or greater will be marked and permanently protected across the property with verification by an independent forester before and after each logging entry; that areas of highest fire danger will be identified and targeted for early treatment; and that vehicular uses of a road passing through the largest hillside old growth stand on the property—the Bull Barn Stand—will be limited to fire-fighting.

Finally, the court decision in Sierra Club v CAL-FIRE has put the agency on notice that it can no longer approve logging plans until it has considered a range of feasible, less damaging alternatives. “A proper consideration of alternatives should improve environmental review and better protect our forests,” stated Paul V. Carroll, the attorney who represented the environmental groups through the legal proceedings and mediation. 

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Everything which follows on this website is of historic interest only in that the dispute has been satisfactorily resolved


Welcome To
Save The Bohemian Grove
This Web site is dedicated to disseminating factually accurate information about proposed logging at the Bohemian Grove using public comment, scientific studies, and expert testimony. Although  the Bohemian Club's public relations firm seems intent on confusing the public and distorting the facts about the Bohemian Club's proposed logging activities, we will do our best to keep this site free of mis-information and we certainly have no interest in making personal attacks on anyone involved in The Bohemian Grove logging controversy.

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Boho's NTMP approved by state in dead of winter

Grove Redwood
Will this old-growth tree and others like it get fresh paint? Read Kelly Zito's article in the SF Chronicle (CLICK HERE).

What's at stake:
Slide show with 16 recent photos inside the Bohemian Grove reveal old-growth marked for removal
Photographic evidence shows old growth clearly marked and awaiting destruction if the NTMP is allowed to go forward. Click Here

SF Chronicle:
"no retreat from uproar"

Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer, tackles the current state of the Boho controversy.

"(07-05) 19:24 PDT -- The members of the 130-year-old Bohemian Club will return this week to their... retreat of the men-only secret society."

"This year, the long weekend of male bonding for 2,000 of the mostly rich and powerful is under public scrutiny..."

Click here to read Kay's full article.

Adelia Barber from UCSC draws
accurate forestland boundary map
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In an effort to bring the NTMP application under 2,500 acres Boho's foresters have apparently been shaving forestland from the perimeter of the forest land map. Adelia Barber, a U.C. Santa Cruz doctoral student has painstakingly evaluated the true boarder (and acreage) of forestland. The results are very convincing - this property doesn't even qualify for an NTMP... it's too big! Maps with aerial photography are included in this exhaustive study.

Click here to read Barber letter.
Click here to see the maps.

Prof. Rundel comments on revised "commercial logging" plan - calls for keeping large trees

"consistent with my comments on the earlier 2006 NTMP, this new NTMP clearly remains in my opinion a commercial logging project, not a management program to reduce fire hazard or restore original stand structures. "

fire hazard reduction "could be best achieved by maintaining existing large conifers and actively clearing the understory of dead and flammable tanbark oak and other shrub species. None of this requires an NTMP."

Click here to read Rundel's comments.

Chron publishes new map showing extent of big trees
Chron - Big Trees

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a new map showing the extent of trees with diameters over 40".

Click here to see the map.

Higgins says "revised NTMP is not significantly different"

Biologist repeats concerns about a salmon fishery on the brink of "extinction," tells CalFire his "concerns remain relevant and unaddressed."

Click here to read Higgins' letter.

Attorney Paul Carroll argues NTMP qualification not met

"The Act defines timberland as 'land…which is available for, and capable of, growing a crop of trees of any commercial species used to produce lumber and other forest products, including Christmas trees.' (§ 4526.) Nothing in this definition limits timberland to land whose timber is harvested commercially." Therefore conservation easement acreage should still be in total acreage tally.

Click here to read Carroll letter.

Carroll ties global warming issues to proposed logging

Click here to read Carroll's letter on how forests when allowed to flourish can sequester significant amounts of carbon. The Boho Grove is a case in point.

Sierra Club says "protection of old growth... remain(s) inadaquate"

Redwood Region rejects NTMP on a variety of grounds, sites vague references to "legacy trees" as inadequate protection

Click here to read Sierra Club letter.

Stake holders meet at CalFire on March 30, 2009

Second review hearing transcript reveals the bueaocratic wheels grinding - grist for the mill

Click here to read the full transcript.


April's Vanity Fair gets it right... calls
Bohemian Club's logging plan a "tragedy"!


Video Interview with John Hooper
In this video, John describes the opportunity to preserve the largest unprotected old-growth stand in the San Francisco Bay Area and the ecological significance of the Bohemian grove.

NTMP not required

In this 2 minute statement, John Hooper summarizes why the Bohemian Club's NTMP Application is not required if the Club is serious about old-growth redwood restoration... or is the Club's public posturing a disguise for their real intention: perpetual logging of the Bohemian Grove?

Map of Old Growth Redwood and Douglas Fir Trees NOT shown in Club's NTMP published online

Over the years, Bohemian Club members have walked throughout the Bohemian Grove admiring the pristine old-growth trees (Redwood and Doug. Fir). Some have kept track of the whereabouts of these groves. This map shows some of the old-growth trees mysteriously excluded from the Club's so called "Non-Industrial" Timber Harvest Plan (NTMP).

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Bohemian Sages hear stump speech by forester Osterling

Grove Forester Ralph Osterling: “The goal now is, over time, to recreate the old forest that existed prior to clear-cutting and passive management. The resulting forest will be fire-safe and provide a legacy for current and future Bohemians.” - Oh really?? Is this why the current NTMP still calls for logging a million board feet per year, much of it large Douglas Fir and Redwood??


~ Other Recent News ~

CA Dept. of Fish and Game documents reveal Bohemian Club meddling

National Geographic reporter suprised to find so few old-growth and second-growth redwood forests in California

Mike Fay, who is doing a major article for National Geographic about the coastal redwoods, recently reported on the state of California's redwoods. The "surprises" he identified are highlighted here:

"People asked us what our biggest surprise was. I would say for me they were three. This first was the vast and beautiful network of riparian old-growth redwood forests in Big Sur. The second was what amounts to the beginnings of a Marshall Plan of road and creek restoration that is happening on the ground. The third was the young age of the majority of redwood forests in the range."

As environmentalists have been saying for years, most redwood stands are very young. This is why the combined old-growth stands mixed with older (100-year-old) second growth redwood stands which compose most of the Bohemian Grove property are so rare and important to protect.

Botanist Peter Baye critiques Bohemian Club's forest studies

Bohemian Club's latest ploy: Orchestrating a Bait and Switch

The Bohemian Club is secretly circulating a new NTMP among a selected few individuals in an effort to "pre-sell"  a sanitized document which the public has no access to.  This could be interpreted as good news, except for the fact that Grove forester Nick Kent was recently quoted in the media saying that the Bohemian Club now seeks to harvest 700,000 board feet of redwood and fir each year. This is half again as much as the historically destructive rate of 500,000 board feet per year which the Club has cut since 1984!

We have written both experts involved alerting them to the likelihood that they have been misled into commenting on a "phantom" document.

Click Here to read the letter exchange between Professor Stephen C. Sillett (Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology - Humboldt State) and John Hooper.

Latest from the 2008 Encampment:

From someone attending
the Bohemian Encampment:

"I find that very few Club members have any idea as to what is going on. All the members know is that the Club is trying to reduce the fire risk and they feel that this is a good thing.  The Club certainly has not been open and truthful with the members about all the issues and why the application has been opposed. They blame it all, simplistically, on a dissident named Hooper without explaining the issues and the real reason for the Commission's refusal.

Incidentally, almost all the tan oaks are dying in the Grove and present a real fire hazard!

Best regards"

Still Relevant (Slightly Older) News ~ Click Here