The California Drought is Killing Trees By The Millions. Should We Worry?

By: albertaarb - April 15, 2015

According to a US government study, 12.5 million trees have died in California as a result of the current drought.

The United States Forest Service (a Department of Agriculture agency) released the results of an aerial survey it undertook in April over 8.2 million acres of forest.

“It is almost certain that millions more trees will die over the course of the upcoming summer as the drought situation continues and becomes ever more long term,” said biologist Jeffrey Moore, acting regional aerial survey program manager for the U.S. Forest Service.

Most recently Californians have been asked to do even more. The State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order.

Can it Happen Here?

This area isn’t terribly prone to drought conditions. Certainly not conditions like we’ve seen in California for the last few years.

We have seen some extremely high temperatures for this time of year, but that is not a cause for concern. Yet.

Bruce Burnett, a weather and crops specialist says,  “I don’t think that this early-spring weather means that we are necessarily headed for a drought.”

“I’m not going to jump out and say that 2015 is going to be a drought year because it’s a little bit early yet to establish what the dominant spring pattern is going to be in the Prairies. Just because we’re dry here in March, doesn’t mean that we’re going to see shortfalls in April and May as well, which certainly would raise alarm bells.”

Alberta’s Drought History

The worst drought for at least a hundred years in the Canadian Prairies took place from 1999-2004. The area saw massively low precipitation levels, along with the rest of Canada. But the prairies were particularly dry during this time.

Of course, the most famous drought conditions we saw were in the “Dirty 30s.”

“Alberta’s drought in the early 1920s paled in comparison to Alberta’s 1930s Armageddon-like world. Drought, hordes of grasshopper infestations, wind storms, and fires left much of southern Alberta a barren landscape,” according to

“When rain did fall, the eroded or fire-scorched land could not absorb the water, which caused major flooding. People abandoned their homes. Towns disappeared. People living hand-to-mouth were on the move.”

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