TREE HAZARD MITIGATION
What does that mean?
- Tree hazard mitigation means reducing the potential of trees to
hurt people, damage property, and waste money.
- Hazard trees can hurt the community at any time, but the biggest
losses come with storm damage due to wind, ice, or flooding.
How do you do it?
You mitigate hazards by managing old and new trees
with practices that are
- based on reliable and recent research, and
- designed to minimize costs and risks.
Tulip poplar with advanced
decay from topping
- Write and enforce a tree ordinance
- Conduct a tree inventory
- Have experts identify hazard potential
- Prune properly and at correct time
- Eliminate hazards before disasters strike
- Set up regular maintenance regime
- Avoid root damage during construction
Why does it matter?
- Identify and analyze planting sites
- Select recommended species suitable to
- Purchase quality street trees
- Plant correctly, especially the depth
- Minimize injury to young trunk
- Mulch roots out to dripline
- Establish early training schedule
Where can I get more information?
- Communities that manage their forests
on a routine basis tend to have less storm damage.
- The 1995 microburst in northern New York
felled hundreds of thousands of trees and killed 6 persons.
- The 1998 icestorm in New England had
the worst impact on roads whose margins had not been maintained.
- A northeastern city lost a tree-negligence
lawsuit for $1.2 million in the 1990s.
For other information, advice and help on this topic, call offices of your
State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University Extension service,or
visit urban forestry web sites.