Our response

A dense stand of pine trees, with some marked for treatment.


The Forest Service has prioritized tree mortality in California and has redirected $32 million to respond to this critical issue. We continue to align our priorities with Governor Brown’s Tree Mortality Task Force for treatments in the hardest hit forests and in the Southern Sierras—the Sequoia, Sierra and Stanislaus national forests. Each forest is working in their communities with CAL FIRE and other local and state agencies to plan and implement emergency tree removal projects.

Illustration of beetles and dead pine needles

Current situation

Tree mortality from prolonged drought and bark beetles increased more than eight fold in California forests in 2015 and continues to increase.

Illustration of a bark Beetle with a no sign


The Forest Service has been collecting aerial and ground data since 2005 to document tree mortality and impacts.


Current projects

Current forest projects

Forest Service crews from around the Region are falling hazardous trees adjacent to roads, powerlines and other infrastructure routes, campgrounds and in the Wildland Urban Interface.