Michael Blazier, Hutchins, Robbie
Hurricane Laura had a major impact on forest landowners in southwestern and central Louisiana. Trees were uprooted and snapped off from the eye wall and associated “spin-up” tornadoes. In addition, tens of thousands of shade trees in the yards of homes and businesses have been downed or damaged. Damage assessments began shortly afterward, but efforts were challenging initially because of downed timber blocking highways and airport runways. It will take weeks to make an accurate assessment of the damage, and as of press time assessments have just begun. Forestry specialists with the LSU AgCenter are working with state and federal agencies and private industry in a hurricane response team to help with damage assessments and relief efforts. Our next issue of Timber Tales will provide much more information on Laura’s impacts on our forests and forest products industry.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture