Hurricanes Laura and Delta impact the Forestry Industry in SWLA

By Marcello Cuadra

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – Here in Louisiana, the forestry industry is a billion-dollar operation.

In fact, forestry is the number one agricultural industry in the state, and like everything else, it was hit hard by the hurricanes.

“Calcasieu had the highest forestry acreage damage of a hundred eighty eighty thousand acres, and the timber value is estimated to be 76.7 million,” said Keith Hawkins, the area forestry agent for the LSU agricultural center.