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Tree Thinning Project in Los Padres National Forest Approved

May 27, 2020, 4:10 PM

The U.S. Forest Service can continue with a tree-thinning project aimed to reduce the risk of wildfire in California’s Los Padres National Forest, a California federal court ruled.

The Cuddy Valley Project includes brush cutting and controlled burns on 1,200 acres of the national forest in the Mt. Pinos Place Management Area. The Forest Service said the project will help promote tree health, improve forest resistance to drought and insects, and remove “potent fuels.”

Residents of the nearby Mt. Pinos community and two conservation organizations challenged the agency’s approval of the project, saying it failed to conduct an environmental analysis...

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