In 2011, no natural disaster had a greater impact on U.S. land and lives than the tornado. An extreme outbreak sent nearly 2,000 tornadoes twisting across the country, claiming over 500 lives and leaving more than $20 billion in damages.

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Over half a million acres of forest land were destroyed, and many landowners were left wondering how to protect their properties and their loved ones when tornadoes strike.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a tornado. But there are steps you can take to give your woods their best shot at surviving and recovering from the storm.

In this section, you’ll learn what tornadoes are, how tornadoes affect your forest, what to do if a tornado damages your woods, and how to limit tornado damage.

You’ll also find more information in our Tornado Resources Guide.

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