[NEWS] California’s Tree Die-Off Gives Life To Biomass Facility
– by Christin Ayers, September 24, 2017, CBS SF Bay Area
Deep in California, in the Sierra National Forest, there are more dead trees than live ones. And figuring out what do with them is a towering task.
Forest Supervisor Dean Gould sees the evidence every day of the state’s massive tree die-off, a crisis that’s claimed more than 102-million trees over eight million acres in the past seven years.
“It’s unprecedented. A whole variety of conditions had to happen simultaneously and they did,” Gould said.
The biggest culprit: a severe drought, which left the trees vulnerable to beetles.