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Arborists needed in MS after Katrina
« on: September 12, 2005, 03:11:06 PM »
From my contacts:

Hello everyone here is the current assessment.  Note the damage was great
for urban forestry than commercial forestry ($1.5 million).

Please send a list of arborist willing to work in MS for pay.  We will
distribute this list among impacted cities. One of things I learned this
morning is that loggers and timber harvesters insurance does not allow them to
work on city properties.

Assessment of Damage to the Urban & Community Forests of  MS

Significant damage has occurred to the urban and community forests of
Mississippi as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  The category 4 hurricane
made landfall on August 29, 2005 with sustaining winds of 145 miles per hour  and
predicted gusts of 175-180 miles per hour. Wind speed and damage continued
north in Mississippi with Jackson receiving hurricane force winds sustained at  75
miles per hour with gusts to 90 miles per hour.  In Tupelo, more than  300
miles from the coast wind gusts of 70 miles per hour were recorded.

Predictions of amount of damage were based on aerial reconnaissance of  48
communities.  Estimates were used to expand recent tree inventory
information from affected communities.  Monetary damages are based on data  from the
recently completed benefit/cost analysis for urban forestry practices  in
small to mid-sized cities in the Lower South using Hattiesburg, Mississippi  as a
model.

Ground assessment is not currently feasible due to the extent of damage,
therefore, estimates of damage only include overstory trees.  Significant
damage has occurred to understory trees and associated vegetation, but currently
there is no way to classify that damage.

The greatest impact of the storm was to the 11 cities on the coast where
economic impact of the urban and community forest is estimated to be
$439,099,860.54.  The second greatest impact is to the near coastal areas
that include an area from Waynesboro to Brookhaven and south to the coast, which
includes 30 communities.  Monetary damages to the near coastal communities  equate
to $250,042,696.32.  The total state impact to 181 cites and  communities is
estimated to be $1,115,276,478.64.  This monetary figure is  based on an
estimate of 465,009 overstory trees destroyed, 680,909 that need to  be removed, and
1,598,715 that need repair work.  Removal and repair work  is necessary to
protect public safely, maintain infrastructure services and  protect power delivery systems.

Donna V. Yowell
Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council
164  Trace Cove Drive
Madison, Mississippi 39110
Phone: 601.856.1660 Cell  Phone: 601.672.0755
MUFC Web Info: _http://www.msurbanforest.com_ (
http://www.msurbanforest.com/)



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