TREE & CLIMATE NEWS: High Sierra Forest Succession Disaster Looms

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 April 2018


High Sierra Forest Succession

Forest Dilemma-Disaster Looms

Wildfire prevention takes a backseat in Calif.,
Lake Tahoe News, April 3, 2018.



“It’s a ticking time bomb.”

"California is grappling with the counterintuitive dilemma of too many trees, packed too closely together, robbed of the space they need to thrive—and with how to clear out more than 100 million dead trees, felled by drought or insects, that provide tinder for the next infernos."

"...unhealthy forests..."

"A 19th-century California forest would have held fewer than 50 trees an acre. Today the state’s forests have grown to an unnatural 300 to 500 trees an acre, or more. That doesn’t count the 2 million drought-stressed trees a month lost to bark beetles that have killed entire stands."


The Loss of California's Traditional Forests

"California has dozens of agencies attacking problem but still cannot keep up with the work. Crews around the state have been busy clearing trees as fast as funding allows. This wielding of chainsaws they call “whacking and stacking” leaves massive wood piles along highways in some areas. But it amounts to no more than triage: Cal Fire removes trees on fewer than 40,000 acres a year, far short of its goal of clearing a half-million acres annually."

"...the Sierra Nevada’s forests (are) “an unprecedented environmental catastrophe.”

"...detailed a public safety threat from 129 million dead trees, the crushing cost—up to $1,000 a tree—to private property owners to have trees removed from their land and the enormous burden on rural governments to both recover from fire and prepare their forests to mitigate the intensity of the next one."



"The state spent $900 million fighting fires last year. Just one of those late-season blazes caused more than $9 billion in reported property damage."



“We’ve made mistakes, and we’ve created systems that are unwieldy…. It’s all of our fault.”

"The Sierra Nevada range is the headwaters for 60 percent of California’s developed water supply. Burned, denuded hillsides don’t store water efficiently when it rains. Sediment cascades downhill, filling streams, affecting water quality and loading up reservoirs, reducing their storage capacity."

“Talk is cheap,” he said. “We have got ourselves a giant colossal mess. This is a war of sorts. Time is against us. Every available tool has to be applied."




The unstated bottom-lines left unstated in the article above are that we are already well underway along the path of a historically unprecedented modern forest succession happening rapidly right now across the whole Southwest of the United States, including the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the Forests of California.

Our weather has already changed, and the forest distrubition across the whole Southwest of the US is rapidly changing in response, as the weather changes deepen and pick up speed.

The causes of these changes are quite clear: Our irresponsible population growth here in California, and moving all American manufacturing to Filthy China, are the two self-perpetuating forces of irresponsible growth that have supercharged the filth pouring out of China that's changed our weather and doomed our forests in the High Sierra and across the American Southwest.

The only way to stop this is by stopping it at its source: We must close the borders and bring our manufacturing back to a fully environmentally regulated, rebuilt American manufacturing base, and rebuild a respectable middle class to build it.

We must extinguish the domestic forces of organized greed that have dissassembled the ecology of our planet as they dissassembled ethics in our country, if we want any chance to put "Humpty-Dumpty," our broken ecology and society, back together again.

We just have to stop being greedy, corrupted cheaters.


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