We do things bigger in Texas. Unfortunately this applies to droughts too.  The drought that plagued us last summer is being blamed for the death of up to half a billion trees.

The one year period from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 was the driest in Texas history.  The punishing heat associated with it exacerbated the situation, especially for trees.

From pine to deciduous tress the damage was widespread across the state.  And these numbers are not counting trees lost to wildfires.  Although now all those dead trees are now fuel for future wildfires.

The impact to the timber industry is unknown but some estimates say it could take 10-30 years for some areas to recover.