The winter storms of December 2008 were extraordinary for their cold temperatures, as well as the weight they placed on greenhouses and nursery structures. Removal of the snow from structure roofs was not an easy task, thanks to the freezing rain that affixed preceding and succeeding snows in place. The OAN surveyed its members to find out how much damage each of them sustained. While not all members are done submitting information, the OAN has arrived at a preliminary estimate. More than 160 nurseries in 12 Oregon counties reported damage that totals a range from $18 million to $31 million, according to an OAN press release. The OAN plans to seek disaster assistance for its members, including low-cost loans to rebuild and other forms of help.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.