Our home is in Mountain and this tornado just missed us, but not my neighbors and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. We were there during the tornado. I have about 100 photos that I took right after the tornado that destroyed homes and the non existent Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in areas.
The photos show what is left of the hundreds of acres if not more of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest which were destroyed, leveled.
You will see one lone pine that lost the entire top half, but withstood the high winds alone. The rest of the forest surrounding the tree was not so lucky.
The pines, and hardwoods lay criss-cross, burying what used to be a forest full of roads, snow-mobile and 4-wheel trails. A week ago, you would not have been able to see the sky in these pictures. Instead you would have seen a thick forest full of tall, healthy trees with little to no sunlight coming through.
So what happened to all of the wildlife that lived in this forest? Yet another story untold!
Yes this tornado was more devastating then anyone could imagine in our community northern Wisconsin. We will not see the return of the forest for decades. A loss not so easily forgotten!
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