Prolonged Drought And Bark Beetle Devastate Trees In Amador

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Prolonged Drought And Bark Beetle Devastate Trees In Amador

The impacts of the prolonged drought and bark beetle attacks have had a devastating effect on trees in Amador County.   Many of the trees killed over the past several years are now starting to decompose and fall.   If dead trees on private property fall and damage roads or cause damage or injuries to travelers the private property owner may be responsible for compensation.   The County has aggressively pursued a tree removal program, offered free of charge to landowners.   Yet, there are over 180 properties with dead trees potentially affecting County roads, where owners have not returned right of entry forms.  In some cases, trees that threaten County roads also threaten houses and other assets.  A new round of right of entry forms have been mailed to the owners who did not return forms in the initial mailing.  Property owners are urged to return them as soon as possible.  The benefits of the County program include removal of the trees at no cost to the property owner and alleviation of the hazards posed by the trees.  Property owners who have questions can find more information at: amadortreemortality.com.

Written by KVGC Staff