Alabama Timber Destroyed by Hurricane Michael
After Hurricane Michael left its mark in Houston County, Alabama earlier this month, officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission estimated timber loss at more than $19 million. The AFC conducted assessments to conclude that more than 42,000 forested acres were badly damaged by the storm. As shown above, pine, hardwood, and mixed pine-hardwood were damaged the most within the state.
The damaged timber must be collected in a timely manner in order for it to be considered useful. If not collected, drying timber on the ground can create fuel for wildfires. The AFC is encouraging people whose forestry property was badly damage during the storm to get their property professionally evaluated as soon as possible.