The large and growing patches of dead trees in California's forests are less perceptible to the public than even the falling aquifers, which at least have immediate consequences in the growing number of dry wells. If you aren't flying over forests or talking to people who work or camp in them, it isn't easy to get a sense of the magnitude of what the drought has done to California forests. Wildfires through oak woodlands or forest fires may consume dead trees and leave others dead, can give us an idea of the stress forests are under now. But, strangely, the terror, injury and death of wild animals is not apparently considered news. Certainly not nearly as important as the loss of human habitations built in areas which, in retrospect, were seen to be vulnerable to large, fast, deadly fires.
Here are few articles that discuss different aspects of the problem. Some are saying, whether to raise the alarm, make a profit or a reputation, that this drought has permanently changed our forests. -- blj
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