FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The property owner must provide their request to keep the wood on the Permission to Enter form.
Homeowners can remove trees using their own contractors at any time ahead of Caltrans’ work. Contact the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to inquire if a separate tree permit would be required if you choose to remove trees on your property. You can reach TRPA at http://www.trpa.org/contact/ or call (775) 588-4547 or visit the public counter at 128 Market Street, Stateline, NV 89449.
Healthy forests and individual trees along California’s highways help regulate our climate by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it as carbon in the soil, branches, and trunks of trees.
Proper forest management includes removing hazardous dead and dying trees, thinning dense tree stands and prescribed fire treatment. Healthy, more resilient forests are better equipped to survive during drought and from attack by insects and other diseases.
Healthy forests, even during drought, can continue absorbing carbon from the atmosphere at a significant rate, and the larger the tree, the more carbon it will pull from the atmosphere on an annual basis. Healthy forests absorb and store more carbon, making them a more stable carbon investment for the long-term.
Managing forests in California to be healthy, resilient net sinks of carbon is a vital part of California’s approach to addressing climate change.
By adapting quickly and working together to help manage the various lands in California we can maintain and restore our forests into healthy public resources.
Federal, state and local organizations and agencies are working together to help manage the millions of acres of forested lands across the state. Most Californians do not live in these areas, yet all are positively or negatively impacted by the conditions of our forests.
Dead trees are a normal part of our eco-systems and provide habitats for wildlife, but this type of tree die-off is unprecedented and creates health and safety concerns for all Californians. If dead and dying trees fall on public roads, they can cause injury or damage, and stop the flow of transportation including the movement of people, goods and commerce for days.
Urban areas need trees to help cool cities and towns, help clean the air capture and filter storm water, improve health and well-being, and help capture carbon and store it long term.
Trees in urban areas help provide many of the same benefits as forested lands, just in a more localized effect where 95% of Californians live. Urban forests can give urban residents a point of reference for how to manage other forested landscapes for multiple purposes.
Trees in cities are typically planted along roads, highways and parks. These landscaped areas are managed by maintenance crews, public works or parks departments. Trees on private property in your yard are also part of the urban forest. Urban trees normally receive supplemental water through an irrigation system. This extra water prevents massive die-off, but because the drought was severe, urban trees in California are also dying and need to be removed to prevent injury and damage.
The Sierra is the state’s main watershed and accounts for 60% of our water.
The Sierra snowpack is the largest form of natural water storage, so acting now to help to maximize that resource is crucial for water supplies statewide.
National forests are one of the largest sources of water in the U.S and in California.
Educating the public is one our best tools to help prevent wildfires, and explain why proper forest management benefits everyone, even urban residents.
Forest management activities, such as thinning and prescribed fires, emit carbon in the short term, but they help to store more carbon in the long term by making forests more resilient to fire and drought.
- Tree Mortality Task Force
The Tree Mortality Task Force is comprised of state and federal agencies, local governments, utilities, and various stakeholders that will coordinate emergency protective actions, and monitor ongoing conditions to address the vast tree mortality resulting from four years of unprecedented drought and the resulting bark beetle infestations across large regions of the State.
- CALFIRE Bark Beetles and Dead Trees
Millions of California trees are dead, increasing the risk of wildfire. Learn more about bark beetles, dead tree removal and seasonal actions.