Checklist: What you can do when drought strikes

A Chumash Tribal fire crew thins dense California brush to help reduce the size and scale of wildfires.

A rain dance isn’t the only thing you can do to protect your forest in the event of a drought.

  • You can thin your woods to reduce water demand.
  • You can remove weedy underbrush and dead wood to reduce the risk of wildfire.
  • You should monitor your woods for invasive pests such as the pine bark beetle.
  • You can remove trees that are in decline and may be susceptible to pests and disease.

Find out More

Forests and Future Water Stress in the Southeast publication

A drought-induced pervasive increase in tree mortality across Canada's boreal forests article

Learn about the latest in current drought conditions as well as tools and resources at

Learn about drought and disaster assistance from the USDA


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