Analysis of Article: The content of this article is very relevant because the severe loss of trees has detrimental environmental repercussions. To begin, there’s the issue of the increase in forest fires that was previously discussed. Additionally, though, the death of so many trees has other implications. One additional effect is the destruction of habitats for many plant and animal species, who rely on the trees for shelter and the regulation of temperature. Another effect is that all the dead trees result in massive amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere, furthering the problem of global warming.
The environmental consequences are made even worse by the limited budget and resources that our government has to deal with the issue. Increased forest fires have become an extremely pressing issue for the United States Forest Services who, this year alone, spent 43 million dollars on drought and wildfire restoration, which was 56 percent of their total budget. However, the USFS expects in increases in money needed in the coming years, mainly due to obstacles such as limited resources and a changing climate affecting tree mortality. On a brighter note, after there was a state of emergency regarding the issue declared in October of 2015, the Tree Mortality Task Force was formed, whose focus was on the safe removal of dead trees.