Here is a very rough chronology of the agonizingly
slow public disclosure of old growth and large old trees on the Bohemian
5/20/ 2006 - original NTMP (Nonindustrial Timber
Management Plan) page 175 "the property holds no special or
8/ 8/06 - CDFG memo notes that the agency had recommended
restrictions on timber harvest in Upper Bull barn as early as 11/16/01
because the area appeared to be potential Marbled Murrelet habitat.
Note that it was in August of 2001 that John Hooper wrote the Board
of the Bohemian Club putting them on notice that old growth trees
in that area had been marked for harvest. To its credit, the Bohemian
Club cancelled the harvest in that area and did no cutting in 2001.
However, it started marking and harvesting old trees the next year.
8/8/06 the same memo notes that a member of the public
had identified 9 patches of old growth on the property
12/1/06 CDFG memo notes that the Bohemian Club had
failed to disclose required information about additional patches
of old growth and described all nine areas as "distinctive and
3/21/07 Nick Kent, the Grove's forester, writes that
Bull barn area is not technically "late successional forest" and
he was under no obligation to disclose its existence. He also states
that since one of the stands was only 11 acres in size it was not
large enough to note under his mapping system. Then he agrees to "voluntarily" place
11 acres and another nearby 5 acres in no-cut zones. Note: Bohemian
Club literature and maps call this area "the finest hillside
stand of old growth redwood on the property."
4/19/07 CDFG notes that there are number of Old growth
and large old trees that require disclosure. CDFG recommends that
all old growth and large old trees on the property be disclosed even
though they may not be harvested.
4/20/07 - revised NTMP - page 175: the property holds
no special or unique values EXCEPT for the 107 acre Main Grove.
5/21/07 Nick Kent memo: He disagrees that he is required
to disclose all old growth and large old trees or map them, but he
includes a map of the property called Large Old Trees map (revised
NTMP at page 179.1)
10/4/07 CDFG memo: the two discontiguous Bull barn
marbled murrelet patches must be considered one and the no cut protected
area increased from 16 acres to 25 acres. This same memo includes
a new map increasing the identified number of old growth and large
old tree patches and stand on the property from 9 to 21. (Note: from
John Hoopers personal explorations of the Grove, this map still omits
important old tree habitat areas)
10/4/07 Kent argues that one of the 21 habitat areas
identified by CDFG is too large and would unnecessarily restrict
his ability to haul logs along Soapstone rd.
Kent submits a 54 acre Bull Barn "no cut" area
to US Fish and Wildlife Service and - for the first time
mentions a conservation easement.
Thus, the Bull Barn and related old growth areas
have grown from zero acres disclosed in April 2006 to 54 acres identified
with significant help from the public and the agencies by January