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Tornado caused extensive timber damage in Lincoln and Wayne counties Division of Forestry helping landowners salvage what they c

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Forestry officials say a tornado that touched down in Wayne and Lincoln counties earlier this month caused $7.5 million in damage to the state’s timber resources.  A total of 8,100 acres, 7,500 of those covered in timber, were affected by the March 2, 2012, storm.  Foresters say the loss amounts to more than 66.7 million board feet of timber. 

“Basically, the tornado cleared a path a half mile wide and 16 miles long through Lincoln and Wayne counties,” said Forestry Supervisor Jeremy Jones.  “It looks like someone used a lawn mower and mowed the trees down.”

State Forester Randy Dye directed his staff not only to assess the damage to the timber but also to develop ways to assist landowners salvage what timber they can.  Currently, foresters are pulling together information on possible cost-share programs for harvesting and replanting, tax credits for unsalvageable timber and potential markets for salvageable trees. 

“In some cases, the timber will be salvageable," Dye said. "Landowners shouldn’t take bold steps to sell their timber until the damage has been assessed.”

Dye said that information packets will be mailed to each of the nearly 150 affected landowners in the near future.  

For more information about the Division of Forestry, visit www.wvforestry.com

Contact:  Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov