Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein called on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to increase efforts to remove dead and dying trees in California’s national forests to decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

“Despite heavy rains last winter, California is still recovering from a historic and prolonged drought that killed 129 million trees across 8.9 million acres of the state,”Senator Feinstein wrote. “That number will continue to rise, particularly in national forests under the jurisdiction of your department, and contribute to increased wildfire risks, especially in or around local communities, power lines and commercial structures.”