Storm-Felled Trees Still Keeping Cleanup Workers Busy
|By Wilson Criscione, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Homeowners who had a tree blown over in their yard can pay as much as
"We're still playing catch-up right now," Harm said.
Though it might seem valuable, most of the wood that commercial arborists recover from homes is not going to lumber mills, said
Instead, most of the windfall wood is used in pulp plants or biomass generators, which burn wood waste to produce steam that generates electricity.
The city has almost completed its portion of storm cleanup, said urban forester Angel Spell. For trees that collapsed on public land, some of the marketable wood will be sold to local lumber mills. Small debris is being recycled into mulch for parks, and other wood large enough for firewood is donated to a SNAP program that donates to local residents in need of fuel.
The city will plant two trees for every one that fell on public land, said city arborist
Perry said the newly planted trees will take 80 years to approach the size of the ones lost in the storm.
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