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Environmentalists move toward lawsuit over fuel break plan

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 21:18:00-05

RENO (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks they claim would violate the Endangered Species Act in six western states.

Four conservation groups say the Bureau of Land Management's project would be shielded from legitimate review under last-minute moves by the outgoing Trump administration.

The critics say the fuel breaks intended to slow the advance of wildfires are planned in conjunction with widespread clearcutting, herbicide spraying, grazing, and prescribed fire.

The bureau counters that the project will allow land managers to select the approaches that make sense for their specific communities and landscapes.