Boho's NTMP approved
by state in dead of winter
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
evidence shows old growth clearly marked and awaiting
destruction if the NTMP is allowed to go forward.
"no retreat from uproar"
Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer, tackles
the current state of the Boho controversy.
The members of the 130-year-old Bohemian Club will
return this week to their... retreat of the men-only
year, the long weekend of male bonding for 2,000
of the mostly rich and powerful is under public
Click here to read
Kay's full article.
Adelia Barber from UCSC
accurate forestland boundary
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
Click here to read Barber letter.
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
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
The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a new map showing the extent
of trees with diameters over 40".
here to see the map.
Higgins says "revised NTMP
is not significantly different"
repeats concerns about a salmon fishery on the brink
of "extinction," tells CalFire his "concerns remain
relevant and unaddressed."
here to read Higgins' letter.
Attorney Paul Carroll argues NTMP qualification
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.
here to read Carroll letter.
Carroll ties global warming issues to
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"
Region rejects NTMP on a variety of grounds,
sites vague references to "legacy trees" as
here to read Sierra Club letter.
Stake holders meet at CalFire
on March 30, 2009
review hearing transcript reveals the bueaocratic
wheels grinding - grist for the mill
here to read the full transcript.