ravaged more than
five million acres of
Between October 10th and 12th,
Hurricane Michael damaged
more than five million acres of forest throughout Florida, Georgia,
and Alabama, according to the
region’s forestry officials.
Michael, the third-most intense
hurricane to make landfall in the
U.S. mainland and the strongest
storm on record in the Florida
panhandle, caused at least $1.6
billion in timber losses, officials
told the Wall Street Journal.
In Georgia, damage estimates
equal roughly $374 million. Alabama’s loss is still being tallied,
but the state has identified more
than 42,000 acres of moderate
to total loss.
Chad Nimmer, a Georgia
lawmaker who works in logging,
told the WSJ that growers will be
fortunate to salvage 20 percent
of the damaged trees, and those
that make it to mills might fetch
just 20 to 50 percent of their pre-storm value.
Even still-standing trees might
not be able to be utilized fully.
Wood hit by extreme winds
usually isn’t good enough to be
used for lumber or other forest
products, so it’s more likely to be
pulped or mulched - which pays
Much of the losses were in
southern yellow pine. – R.D.
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