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ASSESSMENT OF TIMBER DESTROYED BY HURRICANE MICHAEL IN ALABAMA
SOURCE: ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION

While the majority of Alabama
landowners dodged a bullet when
Hurricane Michael made landfall on
Oct. 10, 2018, timberland owners
in Houston County in the extreme
southeast corner of the state were
not quite as fortunate. Officials with
the Alabama Forestry Commission
(AFC) estimate timber losses at
nearly $20 million in that one county
alone. Strike teams from the agency
were immediately mobilized to
assist with road clearing and debris
removal in the area.
IMAGES COURTESY OF THE ALABAMA FORESTRY
COMMISSION AND THE AFF

Aerial surveys conducted by
the AFC a week after the storm
indicated approximately 42,357
forested acres were damaged
by the storm, totaling a value of
$19,916,759. Forest Inventory and
Analysis data was used to compute
the damage by forest type in the
impact area (pine 13,396 acres;
hardwood 2,879 acres; and mixed
pine/hardwood 26,082 acres) as
well as total dollar value.
Storm-damaged timber must
be recovered in a timely manner if
it is to be utilized, so forest owners
should not delay in surveying their
property. In the coming months,
drying timber on the ground
will create fuel for wildfires, and
compromised timber is also more
susceptible to southern pine beetle
attack. However, State Forester Rick
Oates says forest owners should
not rush into having their trees clear
cut without getting a professional to
evaluate the situation. "Some folks
have been growing their timber 10,
15, 25 or even more years," said
Oates. "They need to take the time

to make a sound decision, based
on solid advice from a registered
forester."
Forest owners of Alabama
whose property sustained hurricane
damage should visit the Alabama
Forestry Commission website
at www.forestry.alabama.gov to
learn more about forest recovery
efforts and programs available to
landowners.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Intro
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover2
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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