Officials: May storms caused $12 million in Missouri timber damage

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 10:53 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Storms that swept across Missouri in May caused millions of dollars of damage to timber.

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation said the storms damaged 204 million board feet of timber on 113,000 acres. More than half of that was on private land, with the rest in the Mark Twain National Forest or conservation areas.

The commercial value of the damaged timber is estimated at $12 million, agency representatives said.

Missouri Forest Products Association officials said statewide damage from the May 8 storms equals about one-third of Missouri's annual timber harvest.

Significant timber damage occurred in 36 counties. The hardest hit counties were Reynolds, Madison, Shannon, Dent, Iron and Bollinger.


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