California’s record drought is officially over. But trees are still dying across the state because they were so badly weakened by years without water.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
California’s record drought is officially over. But all over the states, trees are still dying. They’ve been badly weakened by years without water. From member station KPCC, Emily Guerin has a story of a community living in a dead forest.
EMILY GUERIN, BYLINE: In Bear Valley Springs, Mark Anderson and his partner bought a house to get away from city stress. It’s a small mountain community 125 miles north of Los Angeles at the tail end of the Sierra Nevada. But then, as he tells it, he found a whole new form of stress – the pine bark beetle.
MARK ANDERSON: They were so heavy that when I walked my dogs in the morning, my two little dogs, the beetles were attacking us even because they were just by the billions. And that’s when everything started dying.