California Tree Mortality
Our forests are changing
This website provides key information regarding tree mortality, public safety, the Forest Service's response and progress in triaging the hazards, as well as information on safely visiting your National Forests.
Know before you go. Please check with your local Forest or District before heading to your favorite campgrounds or recreation sites this summer. Some sites are closed for public safety. Please see updated status for the Sierra, Sequoia and Stanislaus national forests.
Tree mortality in California crosses all land ownerships; government, citizens and private industry are working together to mitigate hazards and create more resilient forests.
The total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles is an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres.
High numbers of hazard trees in our forests and around communities, campgrounds, along roads, trails and utility corridors pose a significant threat to communities if a wildfire breaks out in the affected areas.
Climate change, drought and bark beetles are changing our forests
Triaging hazards to protect people
Be aware and know your escape routes
Working together across boundaries
Dead trees can fuel hotter and faster burning wildfires
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