Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Storm heavily damages Ohio state forest

More than one-tenth of Ohio's Maumee State Forest in northwest Ohio experienced "significantly impacted" by Sunday's tornado.

While much of the attention has been focused on the lives lost and the towns flattened by the tornadoes, the 3,100-acre forest saw extensive damage as well. So much so the Ohio Division of Forestry has closed the trails there. This closure includes the area's popular APV trail and Tower Bridal Trail.

Winds of 111 to 135 mph were reported, uprooting trees, bringing down branches and generally causing a serious mess of things.

Efforts are underway to clean things up but this work is expected to take some doing, state officials say.

Updates on trail conditions will be posted on-line at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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