Tornado Cripples State Forestry Nursery

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The Kentucky Division of Forestry's mission of helping people conserve tree resources has been tested this year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that one of the state's two tree nurseries has been crippled by a tornado that hit Morgan County in March. Several buildings were blown away, as was the nursery's firefighting equipment.

Most seedlings that were 1 to 2 feet tall — about 700 — were largely unscathed.

The nursery begins selling trees in winter, and then waits for the right conditions to pull them out of the ground.

The tornado hit right in the middle of shipping season. In all, the nursery lost about $150,000 in tree orders.

The tornado also destroyed water pipes used for irrigating the nursery, which made dealing with this year's drought another challenge.

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