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Environmental & Energy

Sep. 7, 2023

Save the trees or harm the forest?

“The Save Our Sequoias Act suggests creating a Coalition of federal, state, and local entities to protect sequoia groves from threats like disturbances and wildfires. Opponents fear the bill could weaken environmental laws, setting a concerning precedent for the nation.”

Giant sequoias grow indigenously on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada. These trees are historically known to be resilient to wildfire, but as weather events have become more extreme, the localized populations of giant sequoias have dwindled. Some experts estimate that California has lost twenty percent of the giant sequoia population to recent wildfires. And as fires become more intense with climate change, they pose mounting threats to natural resourc...

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