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In the Wake of a Storm


Assessing damage and providing needed care to community trees is central to effective long-term disaster recovery.

Here are three tips for the days immediately after a storm:

  • If a tree is not a hazard, make sure it receives continued care. It is typically fine to wait a few weeks or months before making a final decision about the fate of the tree.
  • Assess the tree's likelihood of survival. A tree with less than half of its branches remaining may not be able to produce enough foliage to remain nourished in the coming seasons.
  • If a tree requires immediate attention, hire a qualified arborist. Arborists are especially important when a tree is leaning against wires, structures or other trees, if utility lines or structures are endangered or if a chainsaw is required.