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Drought May Have Claimed 500 Million Texas Trees

As many as 10 percent of Texas trees lost



    The drought is blamed for killing as many as 500 million trees in Texas.

    Preliminary estimates from the Texas Forest Service show the year-long drought in Texas may have claimed as many as 500 million trees.

    The agency surveyed forestry professionals from regions around Texas, which has a total tree population of about 4.9 billion. Researchers analyzing the information have determined from 100 million to 500 million, or from 2 to 10 percent of all trees, have been lost.

    Burl Carraway, who heads the agency's sustainable forestry department, said the exceptional drought, high winds and record-setting temperatures left trees dead or struggling to survive.

    The survey results released Monday found hardest hit areas include Sutton, Crockett, Kimble and Pecos counties in West Texas; Montgomery, Harris, Grimes, Madison and Leon counties in Southeast Texas; and Bastrop and Caldwell counties in Central Texas.