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BY NICK FORTUNA

he 2018 California wildfire season was the most destructive in state
history, with 1.89 million acres burned, according to the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, commonly known as
CAL FIRE.
Climate change and persistent drought has turned much of California into
a tinderbox, and since 2007 the state has experienced 11 of the 20 most
destructive fires since record keeping began. The threat of catastrophic
wildfire affects the whole state, but last year it was especially evident in
Northern California, where two of the worst fires in state history created an
estimated $18.2 billion in damages.
In November, the Camp Fire in Butte County became the 16th-largest
wildfire in state history, ripping through 153,336 acres and burning 18,804
structures, according to CAL FIRE. With more than 85 lives lost, it was the
deadliest wildfire in California history. The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity
counties last summer was the seventh-largest wildfire in state history,
burning 229,651 acres, razing 1,604 structures and killing seven people.
With wildfire season essentially year-round in California now, the threat
posed by millions of dead trees throughout the state's forests increases
each year. In February, the U.S. Forest Service announced that an
additional 18 million trees, mostly conifers, have died in California since the
fall of 2017. More than 147 million trees have died across 9.7 million acres of
federal, state, local and private lands in California since the drought began
in 2010. In an effort to reduce the fuel load federal, state, and local partners
have felled 1.5 million dead trees, primarily those posing the highest risk to
life and property.
"Eighteen million [dead] trees are an indication that the forests of
California are still under significant stress," said Thom Porter, CAL FIRE
director and California's state forester. "The stress of drought, insects,
disease, and prolific wildfire will continue to challenge the resilience of the
state's forests. In accordance with the 2019 Strategic Fire Plan for California,
CAL FIRE will continue to increase the pace and scale of fuels and forestmanagement project work and grants."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Intro
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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