Environmental groups sue to block Sequoia National Forest wildfire cleanup

By Daniel Gligich
The San Joaquin Valley Sun
March 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Environmental groups are trying to block the Sequoia National Forest’s plan to remove thousands of trees in response to two devastating wildfires in 2020 and 2021. Last month the Sierra Club, Earth Island Institute and Sequoia ForestKeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over the plan. …In 2020 the Castle Fire burned 171,000 acres, including over 9,500 acres of giant sequoia groves – one-third of all sequoia grove area across the Sierra Nevada. …In response to the fires, the U.S. Forest Service authorized the Castle Fire Ecological Restoration Project and the Windy Fire Restoration to restore the forests. …The plans include removing over 13,000 acres of forest within Giant Sequoia National Monument. …On Feb. 22 the three environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, saying the two plans constitute logging.

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