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Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:39 AM

Study finds Texas drought killed 5.6 million trees

AAS 2/15/12
Study finds Texas drought killed 5.6 million trees

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The Texas Forest Service offered the preliminary estimate Tuesday.

Foresters spent the last month doing the survey, including use of satellite images to count live and dead trees in randomly selected areas.

All cities and towns in Texas were part of the study, except the Trans Pecos region, where tree mortality was determined to be a result of February 2011 cold weather.

Researcher Pete Smith says trees continue to die from the drought and a final number may never be known.


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sonias Feb 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Feb 2012 #1
sonias Feb 2012 #2
kestrel91316 Feb 2012 #4
d_r Feb 2012 #3
TexasProgresive Feb 2012 #8
TBF Feb 2012 #5
sonias Feb 2012 #6
TxVietVet Feb 2012 #14
Richardo Feb 2012 #7
onestepforward Feb 2012 #9
sonias Feb 2012 #12
onestepforward Feb 2012 #10
sonias Feb 2012 #11
onestepforward Feb 2012 #13
hobbit709 Feb 2012 #15

Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. Teabaggers wildly cheering this news, I assume.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:59 AM

2. I hope not

Trees are sacred living things. And they are not partisan. I imagine that even in those little addled teabag brains of theirs they know that these wonderful living things are good for our economy. If that's the only way they can view them, I mean. It certainly is going to cost us more money in the long run - so that's not good.

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Response to sonias (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 01:04 PM

4. Teabaggers hate environmentalists so much that if WE favor trees living, THEY

 

will favor their dying.

This is how they think. Just like how they WANT the economy to fail under Obama just so it can make him look bad, even if it hurts EVERYBODY.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 12:03 PM

3. a cycle

the trees die, less carbon is removed from the air

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 03:52 PM

8. Worst than that

As they decay the carbon sequestered in the wood is released back into the atmosphere.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 01:11 PM

5. Down here by the coast

it isn't quite as bad - but definitely I'm seeing a lot of dead (or dying) palm trees. The last few weeks we've gotten a lot of rain though. I paid to have carpet-cleaning for the whole house in mid-January & you know how that goes - constant rain ever since with the dog tracking in ...

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Response to TBF (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 01:54 PM

6. The recent rain is fooling people

They think the drought is over. It's not. False hope. People are back to their old ways quite quickly. I've seen people watering their lawns and planting new water thirsty grass. They keep forgetting the past. And it wasn't that long ago. Just last fall and summer.

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Response to TBF (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:29 AM

14. I live in the East Texas Piney Woods.

There are many dead trees here. The utility cut many around their right-of-ways. Still, there are trees falling everywhere across highways. Not good. In the middle of summer here, it looked like late fall. The trees were really stressed. Now, we have plenty of rain. The lake is back above normal and my yard is saturated and has been for weeks. Over the last several weeks, we get rains of over an inch. I'm sure it won't be this way in a couple of months.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 03:36 PM

7. 30 of them at my house

Pines (60'-80' tall) and water oaks. We bought the property because it was so heavily wooded. Heartbreaking.

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Response to Richardo (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 04:01 PM

9. Sounds like the area where I live.

With the recent rains, I have noticed a lot of pine seedlings currently sprouting. I saw three just in one little flower pot. I hope the rain will continue so that some of them will have a chance to grow into trees.

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Response to Richardo (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 05:49 PM

12. The only thing I really watered last year was our trees

I hate to see trees die. And as it was, we had to remove a very large one that just wasn't going to make it. We just needed to face the facts, stop watering it and have it cut down. So very sad. Truly heartbreaking.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 04:07 PM

10. Current drought map




The drought map looks a little better than it did, but we still needs lots of rain in most of the state.

The loss of trees is truly heartbreaking.

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 05:47 PM

11. Thanks for that!

A picture/graph tells a thousand words. 80-90 percent of state is in severe drought with 60-70 in extreme drought conditions!

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Response to sonias (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:45 PM

13. Well, it does look slightly better than last summer's map

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and I hope we will continue to get much needed rain. I did notice that the drought has spread west into other states. Northern Mexico is hurting too.


(edited to add summer's drought map)


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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:35 AM

15. And that doesn't even count the ones that burnt after Ricky prayed for rain.

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