Due to California’s drought and bark beetle epidemic, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted on an extension to the state’s tree removal permitting process.
The original extension was set to expire Jan. 12 next year, but now an additional 90 days will be allowed for property owners to remove dead trees.
Cal Fire’s deputy director of resource management, Helge Eng, said the exemption helps streamline the process for residents in removing potentially hazardous dead trees from their land.
Some 1,300 trees were removed from the Road 274 area in Bass Lake over recent weeks due to those concerns, through collaboration by multiple government agencies. Much of the felled wood is ready to be collected by residents for use at home.
Latest surveys estimate 29 million trees have died throughout California, up from 3.3 million in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statewide emergency order Oct. 30 over rampant tree mortality.