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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 11-28-2018 01:30 AM 722 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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11-28-2018 01:30 AM

Trees, trees everywhere but none for me. WOW, we got to see some of the destruction from hurricane Michael as we drove I-10 from Tallahassee to nearly Destin turn off. That’s a long stretch and for quite a lot of the way, 85% or better of all the pines along there for the most part were either simply blown over or they were snapped off. Some places I would estimate that 95% were destroyed. Just stubs sticking up. That’s a lot of wood that will most likely end up rotting in place. Before the hurricane, the tree growth along that route fit the description of “thicker than the hair on a dog’s back”. Not now. If you lived close by, bet you could get some cheap wood.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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hkmiller

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#1 posted 11-28-2018 12:50 PM

It was worst after the storm. Too bad the wood is not worth much as far as woodworking goes. Pulp wood.

-- always something

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 03:10 PM

We only saw a small fraction of the damage to the trees along the path the storm took. I imagine there were quite a few other species besides the pine that were destroyed as well. But you are right, the pine might be best used for pulp. They might could mill 2×4s out of them, don’t know. It was a sad sight for sure. I can see some controlled burns in the future.
The poor animals that inhabited those woods were most likely killed or maimed by the limbs and trees falling everywhere. There would have been no place to hide.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 08:23 PM

When we got hit by Katrina, the mighty oaks are still standing while everything around them went down, houses, trees, everything else. When you drive along the coast highway, those oaks are still standing

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#4 posted 12-04-2018 03:26 PM

The Live Oaks along the southeastern coastline are the strongest trees against the storms. That is why they are so bent and curved. The branches bend with the prevailing winds. Early ship builders valued the wood because the grain was already bent and they could align the grain along the curves of their ships timbers.

The pines that are down are better off rotting in place or becoming pulpwood as mentioned above. You can’t even burn it without coating your chimney with creosote. Those trees are only a few years old anyway and will be back with ten years.

The destruction along that area is sad and many lives have been forever changed by loss of loved ones and property. some displace souls will never return to that area. I’m sure that your drive along 10 was a sobering reminder of that. God bless the people of the Gulf coast.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#5 posted 12-04-2018 06:12 PM

One more thing that is kinda sad down there is that they have lost a lot of pecan groves that may never come back. Some of those trees were really old and it takes a lot of overlapping growth to get a really productive orchard. What a shame.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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