Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Florida’ timber losses from Irma equal about five annual timber harvests

Here’s an astounding fact on timber losses in Florida due to Hurricane Irma from David Zierden on Twitter, passed on from the Florida Forest Service: the amount totalled $1.633Billion, equal to about five of Florida’s annual timber harvests. I have not seen similar loss estimates for Georgia or South Carolina…
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“Why the West is burning”

Outside magazine has an excellent article describing the causes of the forest fires which are currently covering wide swaths of the western United States. The biggest culprit is the continuing drought which has affected parts of the region this year.  The wet winter may have also been a factor, since…
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Straightening trees blown over in high winds

Did you have trees that fell over due to winds from Hurricane Irma? If they are not too big, you may be able to right them using the information provided by Walter Reeves, Georgia master gardener, in this blog post at http://www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/tree-straightening-when-blown-over.  Anything bigger than about 15 feet tall will probably…
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