20 Apr '17, 4pm

Southern California is facing a serious tree catastrophe

Stricken sycamores, waning willows, ailing oaks – thanks to years of drought and invasive pests, tens of millions of trees are at imminent risk of a massive die-off. While visions of sunny Southern California may conjure up thoughts of its iconic palm trees, anyone who has admired the region’s lush canopy knows there is so much more. Home to 71 million trees, the urban forest there is an exquisite thing – giant graceful sycamores, exuberant live oaks, swaying willows, myrtle, avocado, liquidamber … the list goes on and on. But the outlook for this dense verdant treescape isn’t looking so good. As Louis Sahagun writes in the Los Angeles Times : The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now. “We’re witn...

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