SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has filed criminal charges against a California State University, Chico fraternity for cutting down 32 trees in a Northern California national forest during an initiation of new pledges.
The complaint was filed Tuesday against the school’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter and its president, Evan Jossey, in federal court. Jossey was not available for comment Wednesday.
The fraternity is charged with cutting the trees at a campground in the Lassen National Forest during a weekend initiation in April.
This is the second time in a year that a California recreational area has been damaged by college social organizations.
Last May, a Lake Shasta campsite was wrecked after about a thousand University of Oregon fraternity and sorority members left a half-mile-wide swath of trash after an annual trip.
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