U.S. Forest Service Identifies Additional 36 Million Dead Trees In CA

U.S. Forest Service Identifies Additional 36 Million Dead Trees In CA

The U.S. Forest Service has recently identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. The forest service expects to see continued elevated levels of tree mortality during 2017 in areas with higher levels of bark beetle activity. In October 2015 Governor Brown declared a state of emergency on the unprecedented tree die-off and formed a tree mortality task force to help mobilize additional resources for the safe removal of dead and dying trees. The Forest Service has now made restoration work and the removal of excess fuels a top priority, including reprioritizing $43 million in California alone, to conduct safety focused projects. 

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