12 million trees have dried out due to California drought

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — The mix of extreme heat and no water means the Golden State is fast becoming the crispy, brown state.

Twelve million trees have dried up because of the drought, and all that dead wood means the risk of wildfires is extremely high.

KRON4’s Vicki Liviakis talked with one of the Bay Area’s most respected tree experts to find out why so many trees are dying off. For Michael Bonfante, a healthy majestic redwood is a sight to behold.

He is devoted his entire life to all things green. He built the famous tree theme park Bonfante Gardens, and now, Gilroy Gardens.

So, when he sees dried up suffering trees, it hurts.

“These poor trees are pretty stressed out. Stressed. We definitely need water,” Bonfante said.

But as the drought drags on, more trees will shrivel up and die, which means even more fuel for fires.

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