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M_Six
02-22-2009, 06:27 PM
Just got back from a trip to Clarksville, TN to visit my nephew. All along I-24 through southeastern IL, KY, and parts of TN there is incredible damage to trees from the recent ice storm they suffered. The extent of the damage cannot be overstated. Whole forests of trees have lost the top, leaf-bearing branches. It looks like a giant took a huge weed whacker and trimmed off all the treetops.

Aside from the obvious damage to houses and such, the potential for future damage to the trees and forests is enormous. The canopy over the forest will be drastically reduced this year and the forest floor is literally carpeted with dead branches. A dry spring and/or summer could make for a fire hazard nightmare.

Here are some pictures I took while driving. These were only roughly aimed, as I was traveling by myself. These pics also don't show the worst hit areas, as those areas are in hillier terrain and required my full attention while driving. But you can get an idea of the damage. These are but a few of the dozen or so images I have.

http://bimmermail.com/trees/trees1.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/trees/trees4.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/trees/trees6.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/trees/trees11.JPG

KD Talbot
02-23-2009, 06:00 PM
Thanks for sharing these pics. It looks pretty bad but you'd be surprised how resilient the trees are. Devastation like this occurs yearly on some mountainsides here and yes, some of the trees die, but in a year or two the dead stuff drops off and the new shoots take over. In a few years you never know the difference. You are right about a dry year being dangerous with all that slash laying about. Hope for rain.

KDT