Record 129 Million Dead Trees in California

USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE Working Together to Address Forest Health

Release Date: December 11, 2017
Contact: Stephanie Gomes, (707) 653-3579

VALLEJO, Calif., December 11, 2017—The USDA Forest Service today announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. These dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state.

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