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Tree Mortality Issue

Calaveras County was one of 14 mountain Counties drastically affected by the bark beetle invasion and the inherent circumstances, which led to the dying of these species of trees. This became such a problem after hundreds of thousands of trees suddenly died in the California area, specifically in the rural mountain communities, that a governor’s task force regarding tree mortality was formed. In 2016 Calaveras County was named as one of 10 high risk counties infected by this bark beetle problem.

The rapid dying of these trees presented a real risk of fire danger, and an immediate action to prevent these fires was required. The Governor’s task force dealing with tree mortality was formed with all concerned agencies of the federal, state and local governments to design and execute plans to reduce the fire danger and rejuvenate our forests.
Under the leadership and guidance of Cal Fire, plans and financing were developed to reduce the fire danger and protect the remaining unaffected trees. These involved removing trees from our national forests, our state right a ways, highways and our local county roads, but these arrangements could not address our private owned properties experiencing this problem.

After 2 years, grants became available to address this problem on privately owned lands under several financing organizations such as California Disaster Assistance Agency and other such entities. This is a continuing effort to seek relief from our private land owners who have suffered the exorbitant cost of tree removal for fire prevention.

Committee to Elect Michael Oliveira FPPC#1400869
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