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Cal-Fire Approves Timber Management Plan for Historic Bohemian Grove
Plan Will Lessen Fire Danger, Restore Forest Near Monte Rio
San Francisco, Calif. (December 29, 2009) – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) has approved an application by the Bohemian Club for a Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan.
The plan applies to 2,300 acres at the Bohemian Grove, a rustic retreat owned by the Bohemian Club near Monte Rio in Sonoma County. The proposal to selectively harvest over a 20-year cycle an overcrowded section of this forest will allow the replanting of redwood seedlings and reduce the threat of a destructive wildfire to old growth trees and surrounding property.
“For the past several years we have worked with a variety of environmental agencies, professional foresters and Cal-Fire to craft a plan that protects the majestic old growth trees on our property, preserves important wildlife habitat and allows us to lower the very real risk of a catastrophic fire,” said Emmett MacCorkle, President of the Bohemian Club. “We appreciate the decision made by Cal-Fire to approve this plan. For more than a century, the Bohemian Club has been working to restore this forest and protect it for future generations. This plan will allow us to continue that effort.”
Any revenue generated by timber harvesting will be re-invested in forest restoration at the Bohemian Grove, where the Club has been planting 15,000 redwood seedlings annually as part of the effort to return this property to a more natural state. The Club’s plan is projected to result in the reduction of more than 254,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of the plan.
The Bohemian Club was founded in 1872 by a group of writers, musicians and performers seeking to encourage cultural activities in 19th century San Francisco. The Bohemian Grove, a site used for commercial logging prior to the Club’s ownership, was acquired by the Bohemian Club more than 100 years ago and is in the process of being restored to its pre-settlement condition.
For more information on forest restoration efforts at the Bohemian Grove, visit www.protectbohemiangrove.org .