Winter storm toll on SC forests may surpass 2004

Associated Press

SMOAKS, S.C. (AP) - In the wake of the worst ice storm in South Carolina in a decade, the South Carolina Forestry Commission is out gauging the impact on the state's $17 billion timber industry.

Commission resource development director Tim Adams says timber damage from the Feb. 11-13 storm isn't uniform and is more like a mosaic.

The commission is using a new system that should result in a quicker and more accurate estimate of the damage to timber. It's based on doing surveys from points plotted by global positioning.

Adams says that system is better than simply driving down a road a stopping at every damaged tree.

He says the commission hopes to have a damage estimate in the next week or so.

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