The Alaska yellow cedar edged one step closer to being listed as a threatened or endangered species after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the tree may warrant such protection because of the ravages of climate change.
The move was applauded by environmentalists while a timber industry trade group called it "pretty silly."
If the conifer is listed, it would become the first tree in Alaska to be protected under the federal Engangered Species Act. The cedar is found from southeast Alaska down to Northern California.
“It’s a symbol of what our actions are doing to the climate,” said Rebecca Noblin, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Alaska...