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After major NW Wis. storm, wood salvaging begins

SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- Landowners in northwestern Wisconsin have begun salvaging wood after a major storm this month blew down countless thousands of trees.

The July 1 storm swept through Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk and Washburn counties.

An 11-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on her at a campground in Spooner, and trees were knocked down across more than 100,000 acres.

Forestry officials say it's critical to salvage the wood before it loses its commercial value.  They also say it should be salvaged before it becomes a fire hazard or attracts tree pests.  The efforts could take a year or more in some areas.

The state Department of Natural Resources has set up a website to help landowners navigate the salvaging process.  The site is linked to this story.

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