Redwood Trees Being Threatened By A Lack Of Fog

If you have never seen a California redwood tree, you are missing one of the great marvels of nature. The redwood is a majestic tree towering high in the sky; some have been measured at 360 feet high. I recall as a youth visiting the redwood forest up near Eureka, in which an old redwood has been destroyed by lightning.  The stump had been turned into a dance floor that measured 22 feet across at its widest point.

So I was disturbed when I read that these mighty trees were being threatened by a lack of protection from fog. Fog protects the trees and keeps moisture inside during warm summer months. Though there is little chance that this will destroy the trees, it may stifle growth in some. In a recent article it also states that:

Dr James Johnstone from the University of Berkeley, who led the research, explained the team had examined tree rings and found signs that reduced fog has had an effect.

“The evidence that you see in the tree rings is consistent with drought stress produced by drought reduction.”

Dr Johnstone thinks drought stress could affect the growth of new trees and the plants and animals that depend on the redwoods. But he notes that the negative impact on the tree population is, as yet, unproven.

Here is a view of the redwood trees and a human for size comparison. These are big boys as you can see.

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