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.
The picture is very helpful - both in seeing the damage, % of tree lost and the density of the forest. However, while 300 million sounds like a lot of trees it is in fact a minuscle % of what we have. Moreover, that carbon is only significantly released if the trees are burned.
Then those not burned have already been sequestered as stored timber and should not be counted in the report at hand.
320 million such trees could be managed within a 1,200 sq. mi. area prior to the storm and cut on schedule.
The fact that they were prematurely broken by the storm doesn’t add anything to the future load they represented before the event.
There are 48,000 square miles in the state of Mississippi alone.
We’re talking a matter of scale here- 320 million trees doesn’t amount to much compared to the land area of the continental U.S.
There are 320 million bacteria in a square inch of countertop in most kitchens - what’s the CO2 load of all the decaying bacteria worldwide?