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Bipartisan Sequoia Bill Would Speed Up Environmental Reviews (1)

June 22, 2022, 6:02 PMUpdated: June 22, 2022, 9:21 PM

The federal government would be able to fast-track environmental reviews in California’s giant sequoia groves to protect the world’s largest trees from catastrophic wildfires, under a new bipartisan bill.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation Wednesday that would streamline federal processes to allow quicker tree removal and the clearing of dangerous undergrowth in the approximately 73 giant sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevada.

The Save Our Sequoias Act would allow federal agencies that manage the trees—the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service—to expedite assessments required under the ...