California’s Iconic Forests At Risk

Trees Dying Off At Unprecedented Rate!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

American poet Joyce Kilmer (1886 – 1918) admired the beauty of a “tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair,” noting that “Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

 

Seemingly strong and invincible – some as old as 2,000 years – California’s ponderosa and sugar pines, giant redwoods and sequoias are falling victim to years of drought, fires, beetle infestations and other perils.

Since 2010 over 102 million trees have died in California. In 2016 alone the state lost 62 million trees. Most were in the Sierra Nevada mountains at elevations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet.

 

Even Northern California’s famous 150-ft-tall “drive-thru” Pioneer’s Cabin Tree, estimated to have been more than 1,000-years-old, died this year. Carved into a tunnel in 1880, when people weren’t aware of environmental issues, the giant sequoia finally toppled over.

Environmental researchers are calling the trees’ demise “shocking” and “scary.” Replacing the lost trees would take centuries.

 

This winter’s heavy rains won’t be enough to undo the drought-caused damage to California’s forests. What’s more, the loss of these majestic trees extends beyond the state, potentially impacting climate patterns and ecosystems on a global scale.

Along with hoping for continued rainy weather, scientists are focusing on ways to enhance forest-management techniques that emphasize sustainability and biodiversity. This includes conserving the quality of the soil that trees depend on for nutrients and minerals and as a stable base for root expansion.

Oceanographers say that building up the Pacific Ocean’s pastures of plankton might help save trees, too. Plankton – the bacteria, algae and other floating organisms that drift in the sea – give off tiny aerosol droplets that create moisture-giving fog and rain.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hope that man – and Mother Nature – can halt the devastation to California’s trees. In addition to their beauty, trees provide shelter and food for wildlife, combat soil erosion, clean our air, cool the environment, and benefit the planet in many other ways.

But, like the tree in Shel Silverstein’s beloved children’s book, The Giving Tree, trees can only give so much.

If we want them to be there for us, we need to give back.

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Life is a Beach on St. Patrick’s Day!

A lineup of Lucky Limericks

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A limerick is a funny, five-line poem popularized in Irish pubs in the 1800s.

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel wrote these beach limericks for you –

 

Surfer Dave

There once was a surfer named Dave,

Who went looking for the perfect wave.

But, just when he found a winner,

A whale ate him for dinner

And Dave’s surfboard was all they could save.

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Lotion Commotion

There was a young lady who went to the ocean.

She sat on the sand and put on her sun lotion.

But, her yellow bikini

Was incredibly teeny

And this caused a major commotion.

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Surfer Girl

There once was a surfer girl named Jasmine.

Like a magnet, she attracted all the men.

When she went out to compete

In any surfing meets

It’s so crazy how she always would win.

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Rude Dude

There once was an arrogant surfer dude,

Who would hog all the waves and act rude.

He’d steal waves away,

Keeping the angry surfers at bay,

Until they realigned his attitude.

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Beulah’s Hula

There was a shapely lady named Beulah,

Who could really shake up the hula.

The men would all gather

And get into a lather

And Beulah would rake in the moola.

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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunny & Patti

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