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Alabama forestry hit hard by April 27th tornadoes

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The agricultural impact from the storm has exceeded $260 million, and that's just for trees that were damaged or uprooted.

When tornados blew through Alabama on April 27th, trees directly in the path were stripped, broken, uprooted, or blown onto somebody's house or property.

State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan visited Huntsville and said forestry took a major hit.

"Estimates are that over 200,000 acres were heavily damaged. The value of that--260 million dollars. That is substantial," said McMillan.

With all those trees on the ground, who's going to pick them up?

"It's the land owner's responsibility. If they have downed timber, I would encourage them to determine if there is any value and to try and locate someone....turn it into some dollars if they can. If it's of no value, it's the land owners responsibility to clean it up if they want to," said Thomas Atkinson, Madison County Executive Director for the farm service agency..

USDA Farm Service agency's tree assistance program provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

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