Refurbishment, rehabilitation years after Hurricane Michael - A story in Florida wood farmers

– When Michael Michael's winds up the Florida Panhandle, he built a thousand of the state's timber industry.

John Alter landowner lost 50 percent of his trees in Jackson County.

"But, as most of the hurricanes do, we propose to eradicate the wind by the time they went up to the Georgia border – just 10 miles away," said Alter. "Hurricane Michael confirmed that everyone was wrong."

In each case, the storm damaged 2.8 million acres of wood.

Jim Karels, head of the Florida Forest Service, says that there are now 72 million tons of wood on the ground.

"That's two million and a half of a wooden truck," Karels said.

As a result, 1.4 million acres of trees suffered significantly damage – which meant that 75 to 95 percent of these trees were destroyed – and that landowners like Alter $ 1,000 per acre to to clear the debris.

"Due to the supply and demand situation and the glut that the mills are now facing," Alter explained, "we probably reach the third and half of the true value of the wood."

But that is not the only question. There is still a bigger threat from the wood and the dry needles too. And Alter's call "ring shock" is often damaged as much as possible.

"Some of the trees, when they are returning, are affected by ring shock," continued, discharging the dirt from a stump. "So the mills need to worry about trying to handle that damaged wood, because they start cutting, there is tension within those concentrated rings."

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The loggers were booming on the return to tree farmers. They are working virtually late since October, playing their part to let Panhandle see the forest for the trees.

Meanwhile, Jim Karels is calling for the $ 20 million state to help landowners clearly transport behavior and start replanting.

It is hoped that it will take ten years or more for the state's timber industry to recover from the storm's disaster.


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