Blog Archive: Forests

California dead tree ‘emergency’ could fuel wildfires, El Niño floods

Calling it “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week, asking for swift removal of dried-out trees either through controlled burns or as feed for biomass energy plants. The four-year drought has already killed 22 million trees in the state and most likely will destroy tens of millions more, according to a dead-tree census performed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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