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  • 10/23/2015
  • Jill

LA Times just posted a very interesting article about the health of California’s forest. Some of the major findings with using x-ray technology  suggests that even if El Niño was to “solve” California’s drought problem the trees that are classified as being the most stress will continue to fail.

Do you think the failing trees are due to poor forestry practices from the 60’s and 70’s resulting in too many trees without any thinning? Obviously drought will intensify this and only the healthy will survive.


Check out the article, it’s pretty interesting.



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  1. Jessica Blunn
    November 1, 2015 Reply

    I think more than poor forestry practices trees all over the world are becoming weaker and smaller because of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  2. Forester
    November 27, 2015 Reply

    The issues with the trees is a combination of things: too many trees on the landscape, many of which are small diameter, past forestry practices of taking the large trees and leaving the second growth that is all one age class, the creation of plantations that are all one species and the removal of fire from the landscape. Some of the tree death at the lower elevations is type conversion, i.e. the pine is moving up the mountain to higher elevations and will be replaced by oak and brush. We need aggressive thinning but in many places the mills are gone and there is no market for biomass. The govn’t still sees Wildland fire as an emergency instead of a preventable with a combination of good forestry and good fuels management practices. Climate change is not helping and our forestry practices need people thinking way outside the box and not being worried about growth of the forest for boards. The creation of large plantations following fires like Rim, Rough and King are going to create a management nightmare for the future for Wildland fire.

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