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American River forest project before and after thinning

The after photo of this forest landscape is featured inside this article.

Posted: Aug 15, 2020 12:00 PM

AMERICAN RIVER, Calif. - This is the way forests are said to have looked previously in California, prior to changes in woodlands firefighting strategies.

These pictures show the same place at the headwaters of the American River, prior to thinning and after thinning.

These trees will be more resilient to pests, drought, and wildfire, says CAL FIRE.

The American River Headwaters Restoration Project protects two major drinking water sources and is part of the 28,000 French Meadows public-private collaborative restoration effort.

Funding for this project was provided by CAL FIRE's Forest Health Program as part of the California Climate Investments Program.

The mission of the Forest Health Program is to ensure the future existence of healthy, functioning forests throughout California.

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