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All Those Trees ... Going to Waste

Posted September 27, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Hurricane Fran's impact is easing, but there are still hundreds of trees laying around. Many homeowners had high hopes that all that lumber would be well used, and maybe bring in some cash, but those hopes are being dashed.

On Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, bob Bozart has a huge, 200-year-old oak tree smothering his front yard. The tree has sentimental value, he says, but he wishes it had monetary value as well.

A meeting of forestry officials determined that the average Fran victim won't be able to reap a dime out of all that downed timber. Bob Slocum of the North Carolina Forestry Association says the scattered trees simply won't prove profitable.

Officials also remind everyone that it is illegal to burn that timber within city limits. the Army Corps of Engineers has set up massive burning sites outside city limits.