Officials Address The Tree Mortality Problem In Amador County

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Officials Address The Tree Mortality Problem In Amador County 

Amador County officials have been given a better picture of the tree mortality problem in Amador County and the continuing government efforts to address it. Due to a combination of drought and bark beetle infestation, it is estimated that somewhere around 102 million trees have died in the State of California over the last seven years. It is estimated that Amador County’s share of that total is 789,600 trees, with 682,000 having died in 2016 alone. In 2017, Amador County launched a program to identify and remove dead and dying trees that posed a danger to public roads.  Some 400 trees have been removed this year from in and around the Pioneer area - Joyce Road, Belden Mine Road, and Defender Grade Road. Other agencies are also removing hazard trees. PG&E has removed 20,000 in the last three years from near powerlines and other facilities. Caltrans had removed 3,500 trees near highways in the county since last summer. The Amador Water Agency has started on removing 250 trees near its facilities and 31 trees were removed from Indian Grinding Rock State Park by the Parks Service. This year the county will target a much wider area for tree removal. Some 1,000 trees across the entire eastern half of the county will be targeted for removal in several phases. Officials urge land owners to sign and return property access forms to the county so that the work crews can proceed with tree removals.

Written by KVGC Staff