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Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 8 Comments

Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

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Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire

KQED Science | October 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire

Ferns and new shoots from oak trees are already appearing in the ashes of the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park. But fire ecologists say the long-term recovery of the forest could be hampered if California’s dry weather continues

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