Florida Forest Service helping with downed trees

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael may have changed Bay County's landscape, but it didn't change business for Mid-South Lumber in Panama City.

"When you go through a storm like this, and all these trees are down, and they've been stressed, they're not suitable for graded lumber," said Mid-South Lumber's General Manager Dave Williams.

Mid-South Lumber is getting its timber from all over the south, which means there are still a lot of downed trees laying around in Bay County.

We spoke to Florida Forest Service Center Manager, Mike Mathis, about what does happen to those trees.

"Down timber in the major impact zone, it's already becoming a pulpwood product," said Mathis. "They're gonna be taken to the pulpwood mills and make paper out of it."

The Florida Forest Service can help guide you to get your trees turned into more than mulch.

"They'll be able to provide information to the county forester in that area and the county forester could call you and set up an appointment time to come out there and take a look and make recommendations," said Mathis.

Mathis says it's just part of the job.

"If any landowner needs assistance, with anything our county forester would be glad to come out there and take a look at it, we provide a free service and that's what we're here for," said Mathis.

If you want to call the Chipola district's Forest Service for help, the number is (850) 373-1801, or click here.