Timber industry confronted by far too many useless trees, warns of ruined forests

This year’s mega-fires might be contained, the hearth fronts extinguished and late flareups tamed by early season rain.

But a secondary catastrophe has only just started among the acres and acres of dead trees still left behind. When the huge firestorms of 2017 and 2018 ruined more residences and killed far more men and women, the wildfires in 2020 and 2021 killed a lot more trees.

And people losses pose an existential risk to 32 million acres of territory blanketed by forests and the men and women who reside and work there.

Which is led to a crush at lumber mills across the condition, which are fielding an oversupply of logs salvaged from fireplace-scarred forests. It’s forcing timber providers to rethink how to regrow sustainable forests. And it is still left a enormous swath of California with so substantially useless fuel on the ground that it is perilously vulnerable to long run fires.

In the course of the summer’s hearth siege, Cal Fire Director Thom Porter sounded the alarm, announcing through an August briefing that this year’s fires dealt an indelible blow to “California’s timber basket.”

“We are observing generational destruction of forests for the reason that of what these fires are executing,” Porter reported. “This is likely to consider a long time to appear back again.”