Southern California Insect Related Tree Mortality
Approximately one million acres of forest within and directly adjacent to the San Bernardino, Cleveland and Angeles National Forests have experienced severe tree mortality due to a drought-induced insect caused (mostly pine bark beetle) epidemic. These forests are directly adjacent to major metropolitan areas in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The risks from fire and falling trees pose a major threat to public safety, private property, and ecosystem health.
Ongoing emergency hazard mitigation efforts, as well as the need for long term planning for forest recovery and rehabilitation drive the need to assess the status and change to forests in a timely and quantitative manner.
This project provides recent data on vegetation structure, forest inventory and treatment activities on private and public lands and supports efforts to monitor the spread of insect related mortality, as well as ongoing hazard mitigations in the region. This project builds on existing programs (FRAP,RSL,FIA, FHP ) and projects to provide seamless and consistent data across all ownership boundaries.
In addition to forest health recovery and land management planning, this project assists both the National Fire Plan and California Fire plan in developing short-term and longer-term vegetation management and fire protection strategies.
This page is intended to compliment the current task force pages. The following products will be updated on a continual basis.
The products on these pages are intended for exchange between task force members. Please contact a member for assistance with use or accessability issues.