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U.S. Forest Service Agrees to Stop Tree-Thinning Project

Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog
Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog used to stop tree thinning

Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog

August 11, 2014 – uncovercalifornia.com –

A tree-thinning project at Lake Tahoe has been put on hold for the time being. A lawsuit has been filed against the project raising concern about an endangered frog species.

The U. S. Forest Service has been removing and burning trees and bushes to decrease the risk of wildfire at Lake Tahoe. This area is considered to be a habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, which is an endangered species.

Dennis Murphy, a renowned conservation biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno filed the lawsuit last year. He claims that cutting down of trees and bushes poses big threat to the survival of the endangered frog species.

The lawsuit said the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act they failed to prepare an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.

The Forest Service on Wednesday will discuss with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service about possible effects to the frogs from thinning of the trees. The agency said they will resume thinning trees until they finish its discussion with wildlife officials.

Murphy’s attorney, Paul Weiland, said, “Certainly, it is welcome news that they were able to stop the project and address the issue with the project impacts with the Fish and Wildlife Service”.

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