California: Bohemian Club’s destruction is obvious

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The Bohemian Club is applying for is an NTMP which confers a permanent right to log the property without further public or scientific review ever.  Club president Mancini states that the plan “prohibits the harvesting of old growth trees.” This is a half truth. In reality, the plan protects some old growth redwoods and no old growth Douglas-fir. In fact, the plan states clearly that 40% of the larger Douglas-fir will be removed in the first 20 years alone. Moreover, one of the conditons imposed on the Club at the recent second review hearing was a requirement by the Dept of Fish and Game to better protect old growth trees in areas of potential Marbled Murrelet habitat by permanently marking such trees. So clearly, that agency was not satisfied with old growth protection in the plan. To date, the Bohemian Club has not agreed to this mitigation.

Finally, the Bohemian Club has always asserted to its own members as well as to the public that it has never cut old growth trees, but extensive past old growth logging is explicitly documented in old THPs between 1984 and 2005. Also well documented is that the Club was stopped from logging in the Bull Barn old growth stand in 2001. So the public and agencies have every right to be skeptical about Bohemian Club assurances and to demand stringent, enforceable safeguards to protect all the old growth and other important values on the property.

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The public must also keep in mind that, when the Bohemian Club originally applied for an NTMP three years ago,  the Club did not disclose the existence of any old growth stands, patches or individual trees on the property and only revealed this precious resource under public and agency pressure (see savebohemiangrove.org and go to button called “a chronology of deception”) Finally, the Bohemian Club has always asserted to its own members as well as to the public that it has never cut old growth trees, but extensive past old growth logging is explicitly documented in old THPs between 1984 and 2005. Also well documented is that the Club was stopped from logging in the Bull Barn old growth stand in 2001. So the public and agencies have every right to be skeptical about Bohemian Club assurances and to demand stringent, enforceable safeguards to protect all the old growth and other important values on the property.

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Comments (1)

mariaFebruary 18th, 2012 at 5:50 am

lol, where is Jimmy Carter in all this?

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