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Drought, Beetles Preying on Weakened California Forests | The Sacramento Bee

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

Drought, beetles preying on weakened California forests | The Sacramento Bee

Frank Cody wasn’t surprised to learn that at least 12 million trees across California recently have died from a lethal mix of bugs and long-term drought. Business is booming for the South Lake Tahoe tree service business owner.  Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.sacbee.com

GR:  Instead of addressing the source of the problem, the USDA Forest Service and the timber companies that control its decisions will see this as an opportunity to gain access to protected forest areas.  They need to thin the forest and clear areas to create barriers to insect spread, right? Wrong. The USDA needs to focus on stopping livestock grazing and timber harvest in the forests, and it needs to do what it can to reduce CO2 emissions. The agency has various means to block fossil fuel mining and encourage renewable energy,


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