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Within the past decade, the state’s forests have experienced drastic changes due to destructive and severe wildfires, a 1,000-year drought, and the associated stressors that come with a changing climate. With a detailed understanding of the marked pace of…
The Southwest and California Climate Hubs collaborated to produce this report describing the potential vulnerability of specialty crops, field crops, forests, and animal agriculture to climate-driven environmental changes.
The US Forest Service has estimated that over 102 million trees have died in the Sierra Nevada since 2010; other parts of the State have also experienced increased rates of tree mortality. This unprecedented tree mortality event has been attributed to the…
California has 33 million acres of forest land, one-third of the state’s total land area. Sixty percent of this forest is publicly owned - for example, by the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service.
Specialty crops – fruit, vegetables, and nuts – are the mainstay of California agriculture. California is by far the number one US producer of specialty crops both in quantity and in diversity, with a total of over 400 different crops recorded.