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Federal Government Moves to Allow Logging in Los Padres National Forest to Reduce Fire Risk

Firefighters put out burning embers from the Thomas Fire at the Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai, California on Dec. 8, 2017. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters put out burning embers from the Thomas Fire at the Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai, California on Dec. 8, 2017. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Logging has long been among California’s most divisive environmental issues — and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump administration pushes new efforts to thin forests.

The federal government is moving to allow commercial logging of healthy green pine trees for the first time in decades in the Los Padres National Forest north of Los Angeles, a tactic the U.S. Forest Services says will reduce fire risk. It’s an idea President Trump appeared to endorse in tweets inaccurately linking wildfire to state water management.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear stop fire spreading!”

The brunt of Trump’s tweet attempts to tie the fires ravaging Northern California to complaints by members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation about environmental protections that have reduced water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

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