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State Agencies Provide Technical, Financial Assistance In Replacing Dead Trees


More than a hundred million trees have died in the Sierra in the past four years.

State and federal agencies are now assisting private landowners with reviving their forest land.

The die off is a result of the drought and subsequent bark beetle epidemic.

Jenny Matkin owns 540 acres of forest land in Tuolumne County.

"We've never, ever seen anything like this, the type of tree mortality... People call it the Red Tsunami around here," says Matkin.

She attended a recent reforestation workshop in Sonora held by CalFire and the University of California Cooperative Extension.

UC Forestry Advisor Susie Kocher says the workshops help private landowners find the resources they need.

"There's just a lot of changes that need to be made to get to a resilient forest and hopefully this situation will help people notice that we have a crisis and that we can move forward and make some changes in how we do business," says Kocher.

Both CalFire and the federal government are offering funding for tree removal and replanting.

Landowners must have a forester come out to their property and then apply for a grant.

CalFire's program can cover up to 90 percent of the cost.

The next workshop will be held in Sutter Creek on May 24. 

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Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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