Naked Protesters Take Aim at FEMA Tree-Clearing Plans in East Bay Hills

Protesters shed their clothing in a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus over the weekend to protest FEMA plans to cut trees in the East Bay hills.

FEMA announced the controversial tree thinning plan in March. A grant of $5.7 million is earmarked to reduce the hazard of wildfires in the East Bay Hills by removing non-native plants.

According to Berkeleyside, about 50-75 people took part in Saturday's demonstration. The event was organized by the TreeSpirit Project to protest a plan to clear 450,000 trees in the Oakland and Berkeley hills. 

But protesters say the plan to leave dead wood on site will actually increase the potential for fires in an already volatile area.

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