South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2004

OFFICE OF THE STATE FORESTER
FOREST DISASTER DECLARATION

WHEREAS, an ice storm struck certain forestlands of South Carolina on January 26-27, 2004, and;

WHEREAS, the impacted area includes a 20-mile wide band extending from Aiken County on the Savannah River to Marion County on the North Carolina border, and;

WHEREAS, many forest landowners in fifteen South Carolina counties must now implement unscheduled harvests in an effort to salvage some value from their damaged forests, and;

WHEREAS, significantly damaged trees must be harvested promptly to avoid natural deterioration and market degradation, and;

WHEREAS, such harvests can only be achieved through active involvement and cooperation of South Carolina’s wood-using industry, now;

THEREFORE, I, as State Forester of South Carolina, do declare a forest disaster in the affected counties, and call upon all forestry interests to work together to facilitate prompt salvage and regeneration of the damaged resource.

Given under my hand and seal this 12th day of February, 2004.

Bob Schowalter
State Forester

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