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Tree mortality at Lake Tahoe presentation next week

Staff report

Large swaths of dead trees are seen last July in the Tahoe National Forest, where an estimated 33,266 acres were affected by mortality in 2015.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Prolonged drought periods often result in forest tree mortality, but this death varies across the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Patricia Maloney — a forest ecologist and conservation biologist with UC Davis' Department of Plant Pathology and Tahoe Environmental Research Center — is scheduled to discuss the ecological and evolutionary consequences of forest tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada and at Tahoe during a Tuesday, May 10, presentation at Sierra Nevada College.

Maloney's research is aimed at understanding forest dynamics and forest tree species responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances.

"The causes of tree mortality range from native bark beetles, forest pathogens (both native and invasive), stressors such as drought and salt stress, as well as historical land-use," according to UC Davis TERC. "Learn how trees are responding to the drought, a legacy of historical land-use, forest management and climate change."

Registration for May 10 event is required. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and no-host bar from 5:30-6 p.m. at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village on the campus of SNC Tahoe.

A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door. Visit tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events to learn more.