Mississippi Timber Industry Ravaged by Katrina Timber is Mississippi's second-largest agricultural product. Hurricane Katrina tumbled many trees in the state's forests, dealing another blow to Mississippi's already-battered economy. And unlike other crops, trees take decades to grow back.
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Mississippi Timber Industry Ravaged by Katrina

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Mississippi Timber Industry Ravaged by Katrina

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Ninety-eight percent of Cecil Chambliss' tree farm in Forrest County, Miss., was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Kathy Lohr, NPR hide caption

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Ninety-eight percent of Cecil Chambliss' tree farm in Forrest County, Miss., was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Kathy Lohr, NPR

It's not often that millions of trees fall in a single day. But that's what happened the day Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi.

Toppled trees crushed many homes, but the trees that tumbled in forests damaged the state's economy as well -- timber is the state's second-largest agricultural product. And unlike other crops, trees take decades to grow back.