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Court: Yosemite NP can continue cutting down trees to ease fire risk

The National Park Service can legally continue thinning trees and other vegetation in Yosemite to prepare for prescribed burning projects, a federal court of appeals ruled this week as it dismissed an environmental group’s challenges and upheld a previous ruling in favor of the park service.

Earth Island Institute, billed as an international nonprofit conservation group based in Berkeley, filed a lawsuit in June 2022 against Yosemite Superintendent Cicely Muldoon and the park service that temporarily halted biomass removal and thinning of trees in the park, efforts the institute and its representatives described as commercial logging.

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