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Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing


October 10, 2019


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that yellow cedars do not warrant additional protections because trees affected by warming grow in areas representing less than 6 percent of the overall area where they can be found.

A spokeswoman for the Center for Biological Diversity calls the yellow cedar decision reckless.

Shaye Wolf says yellow cedars face harm from climate change and logging.

Yellow cedar trees can live more than 1,000 years.


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