Officials hope to restore Illinois forest hit by tornado

AVA, Ill. (AP) — Forestry officials have a plan to restore a huge chunk of woodland near Kinkaid Lake in southern Illinois that was hit by a tornado earlier this year. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the plan calls for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to start a commercial logging operation to remove trees that were toppled by the February 28 twister and then plant more trees. Justin Dodson of the Forest Service says if the plan gains approval, the logging operation could start in June. Dodson say it is important to plant more trees because the trees help protect the lake that supplies 2.1 million gallons of drinking water a day to Carbondale and nearby communities.