Industry News: Environment

Drought's Over But the Dead Tree Toll in California Keeps Rising

Monday, February 18, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

Federal officials report that 18 million more trees have died in California since the fall of 2017 –


and that’s a bit of a relief.

“It’s better news than the previous few years,” says Randy Moore, regional forester at the U.S. Forest Service.

Wetter weather has slowly improved conditions for thirsty pines, firs and other conifers in the last two years. A previous mortality survey in 2017 found 27 million dead trees. Before that, in 2016, federal scientists counted 62 million.

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