Feb 1, 2016

Drought’s harm to forests more severe than feared, study finds

California
USA
by
Peter Fimrite
,
San Francisco Chronicle
A firefighter monitors a backfire as he battles the King Fire on Sept. 17, 2014, in Fresh Pond (El Dorado County), east of Sacramento. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
A firefighter monitors a backfire as he battles the King Fire on Sept. 17, 2014, in Fresh Pond (El Dorado County), east of Sacramento. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Worsening drought conditions may be doing more damage to forests in California and throughout the West than their ecosystems can handle, causing a spiral of death that could have a devastating impact, a US Forest Service study concluded.