California’s Gorgeous Forests Are Disappearing

January 22, 2015 5:59 PM

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From its sunny coastlines to its lush greenery, natives and travelers alike recognize California for its extraordinary landscapes. However, a recent study by a group of California scientists say one significant feature of the West Coast is on the decline: large forest trees.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study compared forest surveys from the 1920s and ’30s to recent U.S. Forest Service data. Revealed on Tuesday, what researchers found was discouraging: an astonishing 50% drop in big trees, like pines, since the 1930s.

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