The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) estimates that over 102 million trees have died in the state since 2010, sixty percent of which have died in 2016 alone, due to prolonged drought and epidemic infestations of bark beetles. This has raised concern for forest health and heightened wildfire danger. Amador County has thousands of dead and dying trees that are threatening public safety and infrastructure. Therefore, the Amador County Tree Mortality Task Force has developed this site to provide information, resources, and connections to Amador County residents in response to the tree mortality crisis.
The Amador County Tree Mortality Team has identified approximately 1,100 trees which are targeted to be removed in order to protect County maintained infrastructure, primarily roadways. As of September 25, 2017 the County successfully mitigated 318 trees in Projects 1, 2, and 3. The County plans to address the remaining trees by June of 2018.