Trees face heavy drought toll
Like most other things across this increasingly arid landscape, the planting of trees is following the availability of water. Internationally-known tree expert Steve Bieberich of Clinton said there’s a pent-up demand for trees after many mature trees have been decimated by the decline in rainfall during this long drought, but it’s been spotty at best.
Arbor Day today has brought attention to the fate of trees. It’s stunning to realize that Bieberich disposed of 7,000 to 8,000 seedlings in 2010 due to the drought and lagging demand brought on by the Great Recession.