Protecting California watersheds, is critically important to both the quality and quantity of our water supply. Forested watersheds serve as a reservoir with water underground and in its streams.
Drought puts our forests at significant risk of catastrophic wildfire, which in turn threatens our already diminished supply of water for wildlife, farming and human consumption.
Well managed forests ensure that clean water is delivered through the soil to streams and rivers.
Ash and sediment runoff after large wildfires can lead to fish die-off and reduced water quality.
Removing unhealthy trees can help increase water yield after storms by allowing more water to enter the ground.
Wildfires, especially in unmanaged forests, can lead to soil erosion, landslides and flooding.
Foresters protect California watersheds through continuous monitoring of sediment and health, and through harvest restrictions around watersheds.
As California enters its 5th year of extreme drought, its forests are experiencing drought related tree mortality on an unprecedented scale.
It is estimated that California forests have lost more than 66 million trees from drought and insect infestation, with another 58 million trees showing significant signs of stress.
The tree mortality epidemic creates real concerns for how to safely dispose of the excess fuel, and safeguard communities from wildfire.