The average forest has 820 trees/acre which means 320 million trees lost should represent an area of 610 sq. mi. of forest.
In all, 2100 sq. mi. were under water at one point in both states, most of it (1700) in Mississippi.
So I suppose that the trees in question were more likely the sort of trees you see driving along the highways and city streets at about 160 trees/acre.
This year’s fires out west stripped the land over a 1,200 sq. mi. area to the Mexican border releasing most of the CO2 in that short of a period of time while the downed and rotting trees in the hurricanes’ path will take many years to rot, releasing their carbon slowly over time.
How can one be qualitatively defined as “worst?”
Prof: You may be right on your estimate of 820 per acre but that translates into 1 tree for roughly 5 sq yds ( approx 7’ x 7’ )which means we are talking about some pretty small or tightly packed trees.
Would you agree to an estimate of about 1000 sq miles which gives approximately 500 trees per acre - all of which needed to die off!!
I do not see how the numbers make sense.
The timber companies did a pretty good job of salvaging what they could of the downed trees. Almost all of the downed trees that could not be salvaged were put through chippers and then burnt. I can't find my pics of the debris sites but they covered acres with piles 20-30 feet high.
This was the scene for about 100 miles inland.