Judge: Bohemian Grove logging plan violates law

A plan to log part of an old growth forest on a 2,700-acre grove owned by an exclusive secret society called the Bohemian Club violates California environmental law, a judge ruled on Monday.

Sonoma County Judge Rene Chouteau ruled that California forestry officials violated the Environmental Quality Act when it approved the club’s logging plan for the Bohemian Grove in 2009.

"The harvest rates and cutting schedules were totally inconsistent with the plan’s claims of restoring natural forest conditions," said Philip Rundel, an ecology and evolutionary biology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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