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Western red cedars die off as extended dry spells continue, say experts – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 14, 2019130 Views

May 14, 2019

‘First well-known species that’s likely to disappear’ due to lack of moisture, says forest pathologist

Some Western red cedars are struggling after repeated periods of drought and experts say the tree could vanish for good in spots with shallow, dry, rocky soil if current climate patterns continue.

When Nick Page started posting pictures of dead Western red cedars that had turned from verdant green to rust red he was overwhelmed by how many people chimed in or sent more disturbing images.
‘Western red cedar is the canary in the coal mine’

Page, a biologist, says this has been long warned and predictions seem to be coming true in many parts of the Lower Mainland. Trees on sunny slopes with poor soil are the first to go.

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