The most iconic of the state’s forests is the walnut forest.
The tree’s distinctive white bark and red coloration make it an iconic symbol of New York’s forested wilderness.
But in the past several decades, the forest has seen a dramatic drop in population.
Now, just as many of the walnuts in the forest are being destroyed, some are starting to die.
“They are dying, and the trees are dying,” said Paul Lefebvre, a New York State Forestry Commissioner.
“They are going to be gone.
They are gone.
So you have a situation where trees are being killed and the environment is going to suffer.”
Lefebrieve said it’s not just the walnies that are dying.
He said the tree that bears the tree of the forest’s namesake has been in decline for decades.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the tree had about 1,000 or 2,000 trees.
But by 1980, it was down to about 500.
It was only recently that the tree finally began to recover, Leferebour said.
The trees’ demise is being caused by pollution, habitat destruction, invasive species and drought.
The New York City Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that between 30 and 60 percent of the trees in the walruses’ natural habitat are in decline.
Leferbrieve says it could be a couple of years before the walrus population can return to pre-drought levels.
The loss of the iconic walnut trees in New York could have a dramatic impact on the state forests.
“You have to understand that the forest is the backbone of the entire ecosystem, and it’s going to need a lot of help to get back to normal,” Lefberrieve told NPR.
“We need to help our forest, and we need to support our forests.”
Laferebour is currently working with state and federal officials to find a way to restore the trees, but there’s no guarantee they’ll get the help they need.
Lufberrieves agency will be able to use federal funds to pay for trees, which are expected to cost between $250,000 and $1 million.
“The money that we get from federal dollars will go towards trees,” Luferebour told NPR, but it could also help to help the state forest department.