The Western Red Cedars species are declining due to climate change
The cause of stress is due to lack of moisture in recent years.
According to some experts, the species could completely vanish in some areas with shallow, dry, rocky soil if the current climate patterns continue.
The Western Red Cedar die-back is mostly seen in the south coast region, Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and southeast of Vancouver Island.
Trees that experienced stress after last summer’s drought, haven’t survived the winter and as spring has arrived, instead of growing they are turning orange and dying instead.