It’s too soon to know what caused multiple conflagrations spreading across Northern California’s wine country, but elsewhere in the state dead and dying trees have been the subject of much concern. The five-year drought in California killed more than 102 million trees on national forest lands. That is a gigantic problem in itself that will lead to huge wildfire risks in the future. A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California recommends changes in state law and new contracting practices, and changes in public attitudes.
Photo: California State Association of Counties