Threat To Endangered Frogs Puts Tahoe Tree-Thinning Project On Hold

August 11, 2014 1:49 PM

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS/AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will postpone a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe after a lawsuit raised concern about its effect on an endangered frog species.

The agency had been removing and burning trees and brush on land near Upper Echo Lake, about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, that is considered for designation as critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

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