Accomplishments

As of October 12, 2018 (Reporting Began in 2016)
National Forest
Cumulative Trees Felled*
Cumulative Volume (MBF) Felled**
Cumulative Acres Treated
Acres in Progress
NEPA-Ready Acres Pending Additional Funding
Acres Re-entered
Sequoia
199,609
127,591
18,387
10,486
22,199
993
Sierra
321,321
149,964
16,858
40,508
7,370
4,771
Stanislaus
102,860
43,920
22,107
22,391
3,640
7,847
Tahoe***
7,990
10,527
874
3,871
0
278
Eldorado***
3,585
3,296
4,672
10,709
0
151
Lake Tahoe Basin***
2,317
1,371
3,076
8,668
0
1,562
Total
637,682
336,668
65,973
96,632
33,209
15,600

*Approximate values

**MBF = 1,000 board feet; values are approximate due to multiple tree size classes

***Began reporting in 2017

Activities

  • The Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and other federal, state and local partners are working together with a focused effort to address tree mortality, tree removal, and wood utilization.

  • The Forest Service is focusing  on hazardous fuels reduction and addressing forest density by thinning the forests to make them more resilient to wildfire and drought events in the future.

  • In fiscal years 2016 through 2018, the USDA Forest Service reprioritized $124 million to abate hazard trees and improve forest resiliency on the impacted National Forests.

    • The central Sierra Nevada have been the hardest hit, from Placer County down to Kern County, where approximately 72 million of hte 102 million dead trees are located.

  • To date, the Region has felled approximately 638,000 hazard trees and treated nearly 66,000 acres along 1,136 miles of roads, 126 miles of power lines in 363 recreation sites, and around 163 communities.

Aerial Detection Surveys

  • The Forest Service has been collecting aerial and ground data since 2005 to document tree mortality and impacts, and to better inform management decisions. This data has been instrumental in determining the high hazard zones under Governor Brown's emergency proclamation.
  • The Forest Service began 2018 aerial detection surveys of California in July and will continue into late October.

Funding

  • Approximately 10.7 million acres of National Forest System lands have been designated for Insect and Disease treatmentl; since 2014, 45 percent of NFS lands in California have been designated as Farm Bill watershed.
    • The Forest Service has completed NEPA using new Farm Bill authorities – nine Categorical Exclusions.
    • The Forest Service completed Good Neighbor Authority agreements with the State Natural Resources Department and CAL FIRE.
    • The USDA Forest Service has invested over $36.4 million in grants in California since 2004 to help diversify wood and biomass markets.
    • This is a long-term effort that will require sustained cooperation, focus, study and adaptation.




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