Alabama Forestry Commission Assesses Damage from Lee County Tornadoes
The Alabama Forestry Commission recently performed assessments of the timber damage from the tornadoes that struck parts of Alabama and Georgia earlier this month. The storms damaged nearly 6,000 forested acres across the two states with more than 149,000 tons of timber destroyed.
Combined, the value lost is estimated at more than $3.3 million. Forest landowners impacted by the tornadoes will also have an increasingly amount of broken limbs, fallen trees, as well as non-forest debris that is expected to be costly.
The average cost for site preparation and replanting is approximately $425 per acre. The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates the combined damage and site restoration for land owners to be more than $5.8 million.