Hurricane Florence: The Carolinas Still Assessing Extent of Devastation

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We all share concern for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, especially those in Wilmington, North Carolina, which received 25 inches of rain, cutting off the city from the rest of the state and flooding other eastern NC cities and overwhelming several river systems in eastern North and South Carolina.

FRA has reached out to both members and the state forest associations in the impacted area to better understand the impact. Both states are still rescuing stranded individuals, restoring power, and assessing the extent of damage to roads, bridges, buildings, and timber. The forest industry is prominent in the hurricane-impacted area, and the full effect on the industry is yet to be determined. Please let me know if there is anything FRA and its members can do to assist in the aftermath.

The Appalachian Society of American Foresters (covering the states of VA, NC, and SC) has started a fundraising campaign to financially support its individual members that have been impacted by Florence. Learn more at this link: www.apsaf.org. As we learn of other efforts to help those in need, we will keep you apprised.

FRA has as a DVD (Publication # 09-A-6, Storm Damage and Salvage Safety) designed to educate trained forest workers in the special hazards associated with salvage logging operations such as harvesting of hurricane-damaged timber. The 20-minute DVD comes with a Discussion Leader’s Guide. For more information, see FRA Technical Release 10-R-6 (FRA Member login required) or contact Jacob Minor, FRA’s national office at 202-296-3937.