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Drought creating California 'ghost forests'
Aug 19th, 2015 at 8:54am
 
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The vast number of trees that are dead or dying and/or infested will have an effect on everyone who works with wood.
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Re: Drought creating California 'ghost forests'
Reply #1 - Aug 19th, 2015 at 12:00pm
 
Will they let a lumber company go in a harvest them?
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Reply #2 - Aug 20th, 2015 at 9:13am
 
"Most of the time" the trees are not good for harvesting lumber. These trees are dead and many times infested or diseased. Not to mention the terrain where they're located. There is no real profit to be made.
The power company (PG&E) uses helicopters to spot dead trees along the transmission lines. They cut them down to avoid wildfires and power outages.
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Re: Drought creating California 'ghost forests'
Reply #3 - Aug 20th, 2015 at 12:46pm
 
Same problem with the pine forests around AZ.  Where it is on Indian land, the tribes are allowing harvesting of wood that is nearly dead for lumber.  Where the trees are thoroughly dead or badly infested, they might be cut for firewood or biomass.  In the National Parks & Forests, it is left standing to burn in the next forest fire.
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