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According to the U.S. Forest Service, 102 million trees have died statewide since 2010, with the highest number of tree deaths occurring in 2015 and 2016. 95 percent of the trees that died in 2016 are in the Sierra Nevada Region, and many of those trees will release additional greenhouse gas emissions as they begin to decay over time.
Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds are a savings account the State of California relies on for a variety of needs critical to life.