Wisconsin officials: Value of trees toppled by tornadoes should be factored into cleanup costs

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 4, 2014 - 6:25 PM

DODGEVILLE, Wis. — State officials are reminding landowners in southwestern Wisconsin to consider the value of storm-damaged trees as they clean them up.

Fallen timber can be worth money, so landowners should be fully informed before they hire someone to haul it away, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

Tornadoes touched down in several locations across Grant and Iowa counties last week. Tree damage was recorded across a 23-mile-long line covering about 3,200 acres, the agency said.

The agency is advising landowners who are having the damage cleaned up to factor in the value of downed timber. Property owners can call a department forester or approved private consulting forester before signing an agreement with a contractor, WISC-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1rvtJQJ ).

"If your woodlot is 5 acres or larger and has storm damage, you may want to have a forester examine it to assist in the potential marketing of the damaged areas," said Aaron Young, a department spokesman in Dodgeville.

The timber will generally retain its market value over the next year, but Young advised landowners to begin the salvaging process soon. Doing so will reduce insect problems and encourage forest regeneration, he said.

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