California's Forests Continue To Die After Years Of Drought

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.

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