MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring State Park Assistant Superintendent Glenda Pryor said the storm that brought severe damages to Mammoth Spring and Thayer also damaged trees at Mammoth Spring State Park.
She said 12 trees were destroyed during the wind storm July 21 and 10 trees were damaged. She said most of the trees destroyed were large oak trees, some 150 to 200 years old.
During Reunion week last year, a wind storm destroyed two large trees at the park, she said.
She said many of the trees downed this year have been cut and are now in three huge piles.
She said she plans to ask Mammoth Spring city officials if they would like to mulch some of the smaller limbs for their own use.
Pryor said the tree damage at the park was severe enough that Lake Charles State Park lent the local park the use of an employee to help with the cleanup.
"Some of the trees destroyed at the park will be cut up into firewood and used at other state parks across the state," Pryor said.
She said officials with Bull Shoals State Park would be coming next week to pick up some of the wood to be used as firewood at the park.
She said some of the trees that were damaged at the park can be saved but they will need special attention.
"We save the damaged trees only if a substantial portion of the tree remains intact and if, after repairs are made, the tree is still attractive and valuable to the park," she said.
Pryor said property owners can use the same information when deciding how to deal with damaged or destroyed trees as state park officials do.
She said if park personnel decide a tree needs to be removed or replaced, they will also need to decide what to do with the tree stump. "If you are going to leave the stump, cut it off flush with the ground. If it is going to be removed, leave four feet of stump remaining. This will make it cheaper and easier to remove. It can be pulled out of the ground instead of being dug out," Pryor said.
Many of the trees at the park suffered torn limbs, as did many around the city of Mammoth Spring. "Broken or torn limbs should be cut off to avoid unnecessary bark stripping. Leave a smooth finish flush with the truck or branch. Paint outer edges of the cut with shellac or wood dressing, then cover the entire exposed wood surface with a prepared wood paint," she said. She said not to use ordinary household paint because it may retard healing of the tree.