News Brief: More than 18 million trees died last year, federal agency says

More than 18 million trees died last year as California struggles to recover from a years-long drought that saw an increase in fire dangers, officials said.
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called for state officials to do more to curb wildfire dangers with what he considers to be better forest management. His comments, which have since included threats to renege on federal disaster aid for wildfire victims, came as thousands of residents were dealing with the aftermath of the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County. The federal government is responsible for more than half of the forests in California, and state officials were promoting initiatives through legislation that they believed would have lessened wildfire dangers through a series of forest management efforts before Trump raised the issue on social media. Two wildfire reduction initiatives proposed by state lawmakers representing the Winters area were signed by then-Gov Jerry Brown last year.]]>

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