Recovering from the storm: Resources for Woodland and Forest Landowners

— Written By and last updated by Kristin Wing

Hurricanes can cause significant damage to forest and timber land through wind and flooding. The first priority is to make sure you and your family are safe, and after the storm, assessment of the timber can begin. In some cases, if you are close to the coast, salt water damage can take weeks or months to see the effects. In most cases, the damage will be evident during or right after the storm.

The first place to start after the storm is to contact your consulting forester or the N.C. Forest Service County Ranger. However, keep in mind that these folks may be very busy or assisting with clean up. Be patient, the later the damage occurs in the season, the more time you have to salvage the timber. Make sure when you go out to inspect the timber, be aware of the potential danger of lodged trees and broken limbs, as well as washed out roads and culverts.

Here is a list of resources available to help with decision making for storm damage recovery to help landowners get a productive forest growing again.