A tornado ripped through the White River National Wildlife Refuge on July 30, plowing a path a quarter to half mile wide, snapping off trees and creating havoc in a refuge that protects 160,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest. Or not.
The debris left behind will attract wood-boring insects, which will attract birds and bears. Turkeys will nest in it. Deer will feed on new growth. The forest will come back.
Roads in the refuge were closed until debris could be removed from them. The tornado will not halt fishing in places like East Moon Lake or hunting in the fall, when a huge population of mallards will descend on the refuge.