Unfortunately, California's drought (and other states) over the past four years has weakened trees and allowed the bark beetle the opportunity to kill at least 12.5 million trees. Dead trees are flammable which makes the wildfire season more dangerous and, of course, dead trees fall making them a hazard for wildlife, humans and structures. Dead trees affect water quality by allowing more runoff to make it into streams and, there's the carbon sink thing.
All of this could have been avoided if the state had allowed me to cut down trees and burn them in my fireplace. Kidding. No, I'm not. Since the logging industry has been drastically reduced over the years, the resources to drop and remove dead trees doesn't exist. Grab your asses, folks, and stay out of the forests.
Camp Nelson, California 2016
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