New Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California

Release Date: November 18, 2016
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VALLEJO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2016—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the U.S. Forest Service has an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California's drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.

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