High in the Sierras, biologists are struggling to find ways to protect some of the world’s oldest and most storied trees from drought, forest fires and climate change.
Science writer Jim Robbins reports in the New York Times, “Although the sequoias are not at immediate risk, even from California’s current drought, scientists say they were not built to withstand decades of dry and warming weather. Their seedlings and saplings are susceptible to fires, which are likely to increase, especially at higher elevations. And if the drought persists, the lack of melting snow may keep the seedlings from developing a robust root system.”
[pl_blockquote cite=”Nathan Stephenson – Ecologist with the United States Geological Survey”]“We might start irrigating the sequoias, or we might build a giant fuel break around the giant sequoias, so if a fire came toward the grove, we could defend it. These things are getting hard discussion.”[/pl_blockquote]
See a video about Archangel’s work with these tremendous trees, and read the entire article from the New York Times here.