To: Cal Fire, Santa Rosa, California
From: Judge William A. Newsom (Retired)
Subject: 1-06NTMP-011SON (Bohemian Grove)
I write in opposition to the subject Timber Harvest Plan filed
with your Department on behalf of Bohemian Grove.
This proposal, which asserts the need to cut annually over a million
board feet of redwood trees - many of them old-growth - is purportedly
based on considerations of fire-safety
It is well-recognized that redwood trees are among the most fire-resistant
in existence. The whole proposal strikes me as a thinly disguised
attempt by a very affluent group to increase its income by harvesting
and selling one of the last 2 great stands of old-growth redwood
trees in Northern California. It is, in my opinion, the ecological
equivalent to the harvesting of the Armstrong Grove with its many
This plan has been preceded by a campaign of intimidation and
harassment of critics which I find both frightening and unprecedented.
The background may be perused in the May issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
I hope the Department will resist, what I have no doubt, will
be a massive campaign to turn this precious property into a permanent
tree farm to benefit an association which is hardly in need of