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Bohemian Club Threatens Redwoods, Groups Say

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (CN) - The Sierra Club and Bohemian Redwood Rescue want to stop the exclusive, San Francisco-based men's group The Bohemian Club from implementing a 100-year plan to log in Bohemian Grove, the club's campsite in Monte Rio, Calif. The plan would allow the Bohemian Club to cut down 2,500 acres of trees "with limited environmental review and oversight."

The plaintiffs claim the Bohemian Club's plan is based on "miscalculations and unscientific claims," and that it "proposed to log more than the forest grew, an error so fundamental as to defy belief."

The Bohemian Club was formed in 1872, and is known for its elite membership and secretive, fraternity-like rituals.

The groups' petition in Sonoma County Court claims "the plan contemplates scores of logging operations over the next 100 years," but the Bohemian Club did not include any analysis of how the plan would affect the environment.

They ask that the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection be ordered to set aside approval of the Bohemian Club's plan, which violates the California Environmental Air Quality Act and Forest Practice Act, and that the club be prohibited from enforcing its plan until it meets state regulations.

The plaintiffs are represented by Paul Carroll of Redwood City.

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