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Bark Beetle Infestation

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California is experiencing a massive outbreak of bark beetles attacking drought-stressed pine and cedar trees.  So far the combination of drought and bark beetles has killed 66 million conifers in California.  The obvious impacts of the beetle outbreak on our trees have led to widespread concern among Nevada County residents.  

“Even with recent rains it will likely take years to slow down the massive tree mortality and bark beetle infestation," said Helge Eng, CAL FIRE’s deputy director of resource management.  “Dead trees near homes, roads, and public infrastructure create a fire hazard and public safety concern, so it’s critical that residents remove their dead trees and reduce their wildfire risk.”

The winter months typically provide a good time for landowners to remove dead trees as bark beetle activity generally slows when temperatures drop below 50ºF and the beetles slow their eating.  During other times of the year, when the beetles are more active, trees with fresh cuts, and chipped trees, will actually attract beetles allowing them to spread to other trees.  Once a tree is infested with bark beetles, there is little that can be done to save the tree and it can be dead in three to four weeks.  Below you will find information about whom to contact regarding this issue.

If you have questions about bark beetles, we have a Natural Resources Advisory Visit Program that offers landowners personalized assistance with natural resources management on their property.  Click here to go to that page or try one of these documents for more information: 


 
 

usfs.pngIf your parcel abuts property that is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service and there are dead or hazardous trees on their parcel, they can be contacted at the following:

Tahoe National Forest
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-4531
http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/



BLM_Logo.pngIf your parcel abuts property that is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and there are dead or hazardous trees on their parcel, they can be contacted at the following:

Bureau of Land Management - Mother Lode Field Office
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 941-3101
                                     http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom.html
                                                         Click here for the Hazardous Fuel Reduction Variance Program Guide and Request Form



nev_co_logo.pngIf your parcel abuts property that is maintained by the County of Nevada and there are dead or hazardous trees on their parcel, they can be contacted at the following:

County of Nevada - Department of Public Works
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1411
http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/cda/pw/Pages/Home.aspx



city_of_grass_valley_logo.pngIf you live within the city limits of Grass Valley and you have dead or dying trees on your property, or your parcel abuts property that is maintained by the City of Grass Valley and there are dead or hazardous trees on their parcel, they can be contacted at the following:

City of Grass Valley - Department of Public Works
125 E. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-4350
                                     http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com/document-central/tree-removal-application
                                     Click here for the Tree Removal Application from the City of Grass Valley



NCLogoCC.pngIf you live within the city limits of Nevada City and you have dead or dying trees on your property, or your parcel abuts property that is maintained by the City of Nevada City and there are dead or hazardous trees on their parcel, they can be contacted at the following:

City of Nevada City - Planning Department
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-2496
                                     http://www.nevadacityca.gov/content/planning-forms
                                     Click here for the Tree Removal Application from the City of Nevada City



pacific_gas_and_electric.pngFive years of drought conditions have caused many trees to die or become extremely unhealthy. Lack of water has weakened them, making them susceptible to disease and infestations of harmful insects such as bark beetles. These compromised trees are a hazard since they can fall on power lines and homes without warning and cause injuries, property damage, power outages, and wildfires.

To help prevent such incidents, PG&E has increased tree inspections as well as tree pruning and removal.  They are asking you to help by inspecting trees on your property.

1. Report dead, dying or diseased trees near power lines.

Some signs of a dead, dying, or diseased tree are bare branches, brown leaves or needles, a cracked or leaning trunk and trails of fine sawdust near the tree base indicating an insect attack.  If you identify such a tree and it is close to a power line, don’t attempt to remove or prune it.  Please stay away and call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

2. Request a free, temporary service disconnection.
If you notice tension on your service drop (line to home or business), please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 to ask for a free, short term disconnection.  This will allow you to prune without the risk of electrical contact.

3. Mind the lines: Know what's overhead.
While primary lines carry the highest voltage, secondary lines and service drops carry enough voltage to cause injury or death. When performing tree pruning or vegetation removal, always look up first and stay clear of all power lines.  Learn more about electric safety go to http://www.pge.com/en/safety/electricsafety/index.page.

BE AWARE OF POWER LINE LOCATIONS
Pruning trees next to high voltage power lines is extremely dangerous.  Only people who receive special training are permitted to work within 10 feet of lines according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). 



CalFire_logo_large_copy.pngBy being proactive you can make a very important difference to help reduce your wildfire risk; first by removing dead trees on your property, especially around your home.  Next, homeowners should properly maintain the trees on their property by thinning trees and watering as necessary.  
 
Local Contact:
Jack Harvey
10242 Ridge Road           View/download Drought Mortality Exemption permit
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-4589

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