South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2014

INITIAL FLIGHTS SHOW VARYING DEGREES OF TIMBER DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA

(Columbia, SC) - Reconnaissance flights conducted today across all three of the Forestry Commission’s operating regions suggest widespread damage to forests in the eastern half of the state.

The following observations are cursory.  More detailed surveys begin next week when timber will have had time to benefit from snow/ice melt and perhaps recover their posture, thereby influencing future growth. 

 

Note that today’s windy conditions meant sporty but brief flights for some pilots.  These are initial observations.  Conducting them is a critical first step as a great degree of interest is paid to the condition of the millions of acres of trees in the storm’s path. 

Forestry and its related businesses provide the livelihood of many people.  South Carolina’s forest resource is the backbone of our state’s largest manufacturing sector.  With 88% of our 13+ million acres of forestland privately owned (mostly by families who live on their land), forestry is more than a business in the Palmetto State, it is a way of life. 

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EMD Ice Damage Map

 

For more information, call Scott Hawkins, (803) 896-8820

 

 

 

SC Forest-related businesses have a $17 billion annual impact on our economy.

For every $1.00 invested by the state in its Forestry Commission, forest industry produces about $1,200.00 of economic impact.


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