California drought’s devastating toll: 12 million trees killed in one year

Extreme drought in California has killed 12 million trees in the past year alone, federal officials say.

That difficult to believe number comes from aerial surveys conducted between April 8 and 17 by the U.S. Forest Service. KPBS reports on the findings:

In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mt. Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive, said Jeffrey Moore, interim aerial survey program manager for the U.S. Forest Service.


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