Fifty percent of Sierra Nevada’s trees dead or dying—Are our forests doomed?

Jun 12, 2016

    

 In search of solutions to the extreme threat to California’s forests and watersheds, correspondent Tom Wilmer met with Bob Kingman, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Assistant Executive Officer in Auburn, California. He then visits with Sean O’Brien in San Luis Obispo about urban forested Monterey Pines in conjunction with Cal Fire in Cambria.

More than 60 percent of California’s water supply comes from the Sierras. High-intensity fires such as The 2013 Rim Fire generated greenhouse gas emissions equal to what 2.3 million vehicles produce annually. During the rainy season, the subsequent massive run off and erosion created in-filled reservoirs, and severely degraded water quality.

Tree Mortality in Kings Canyon National Park
Credit Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Sean and Dana O’Brien in San Luis Obispo are sequestering carbon, and helping to minimize the threat of forest fires through their urban-forested Pacific Coast Lumber mill operation, and A Place to Grow Recycled Greenhouses. The O’Briens work in concert with Cal Fire’s efforts to remove dead and dying Monterey Pines in and around the coastal village of Cambria, California

Come along and join Bob Kingman and the O’Briens for a journey of discovery about the mission to mitigate the threat of fire, erosion, and re-purposing dead trees for use in construction projects, as well as carbon sequestering bio-fuel operations, and more.  

Bob Kingman, Assistant Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Credit Sierra Nevada Conservancy

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