Winter storms can bring down trees, knock out power and disrupt life for many in urban and rural areas alike.
Whether you are busy surveying damage, cleaning up downed limbs, or planning and preparing for the next round of storms, remember the dangers involved. Use caution to protect yourself and others, especially when using chain saws.
Here are some resources to help you out:
- Storm-Related Tree Damage: Steps to take before and after severe storms that may damage trees, International Society of Arboriculture. Learn what precautions you should take, how to assess damage and when to call an arborist.
- First-Aid for Storm-Damaged Trees, University of Missouri Extension. Storm-damaged trees can add up to big problems, but this guide advises people not to make any hasty decisions.
- Caring for Storm-Damaged Trees, Colorado State Forest Service. "Don't try to do it all yourself," authors advise.
- Safe and Effective Use of Chain Saws for Woodland Owners, EC 1124. Learn the basic principles and procedures in operating a chain saw. Improve yourbasic skills, recognize potential dangers and know when to seek professional assistance.
As always, reach out to your local county Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent for more assistance.