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Seven Million Trees Destroyed or Damaged by 2020 Derecho in Iowa

Glenn Rushworth

The derecho last year damaged or destroyed an estimated 7 million trees in Iowa. That's according to a study done by the Iowa DNR.

It estimates communities in the state had nearly 4.5 million trees damaged or destroyed by the storm in August, 2020. And that it damaged or destroyed 2.7 million trees in rural areas.

The DNR says the derecho affected 27 counties along the Highway 30 corridor, mainly in central and east central Iowa.

It also estimates the state lost an estimated $20 million in annual benefits from its urban tree canopy.

The findings were included in a report, available online at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/forestry/DerechoReport.pdf

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.