USA — A conservation group is suing the East Bay Regional Park District in an attempt to limit the cutting of trees in a wildfire risk reduction plan for 13 parks.
The Hills Conservation Network, founded by Claremont Canyon residents in the Oakland-Berkeley hills, announced Thursday that it filed the lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court.
The group asserted that the park district should have considered alternatives to cut fewer trees and use hand labor instead of herbicide to control sprouts from eucalyptus stumps.
Removing 500,000 or more eucalyptus trees will result in higher levels of carbon dioxide, a global warming gas, the group said.
Ted Radosevich, park district chief counsel, defended the plan as a balanced strategy to reduce wildfire risks to parks and park neighbors and minimize environmental impacts. The parks affected by the plan are located between Pinole and Castro Valley.