South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2004

ICE STORM: FOREST LOSSES TOP $95 MILLION

(Columbia, SC) -The value of South Carolina’s ice-shattered timber exceeds $95 million, according to a Forestry Commission survey just released. More than 380,000 acres of forest were damaged in the January storm.

Fifteen counties suffered significant timber damage January 26-27 as ice accumulated on trees, stripping branches and turning tree trunks into splintered snags. The storm track, 20-60 miles wide, extended east from the Savannah River to the North Carolina line.

Hardest hit were Calhoun, Clarendon, and Orangeburg counties. These counties alone accounted for more than half the timber losses recorded.

Forestry officials say that while some damaged trees may be harvested for salvage value, up to 90% of the broken timber will probably be left in the woods to rot. Landowners should get professional advice from a registered consulting forester or the Forestry Commission before beginning salvage operations.

Forestry Commission Forest Health scientists collected damage data through extensive aerial surveillance conducted over the past two weeks.

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For more information, contact: Ken Cabe, 803-896-8820.


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