Chillicothe, OH -- Millions of trees in southern Ohio were harmed as a result of a February ice storm that hit southern Ohio, causing many to fall into residences and inflict major damage to homes around the region. But proper tree maintenance can help prevent such home damage, said hazard mitigation experts from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The public is invited to a workshop on tree-pruning techniques and storm-damaged tree repair scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in New Boston, Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), FEMA and Ohio EMA will hold the workshop at the New Boston Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Avenue (Wal-Mart Shopping Center).
Foresters with the ODNR Division of Forestry will describe proper tree pruning techniques to maintain the health of trees. Healthy trees better resist damaging ice and winter storms.
"Falling trees became a major hazard in February's winter storm," FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Ron Sherman said. "People can learn ways to lessen a storm's effect on trees at this workshop and that will help in saving the trees and preventing damage in the next ice storm that hits the area."
Also at the workshop, information will be presented on how to repair trees that lost limbs in the storm. Some trees may be saved, but others will need to be removed to prevent further property damage.
"Trees suffered extensive damage from the ice storm," said Ohio EMA State Coordinating Officer Dale Shipley. "At the tree care workshop property owners can learn about the right trees to plant when replanting and how to repair and prune those that are still standing."
For more information on trees visit ohiodnr.com/forestry