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