In the recent severe winter storm in southern Ohio, thousands of trees cracked under the weight of ice and snow, creating a devastating scene of fallen trees and damaged houses. As part of the response effort, FEMA mitigation specialists teamed up with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to present information on how to reduce that type of damage to property and urban trees in future storms.
At Monday evening's tree care workshop in New Boston, Ohio, Ann Bonner, urban forester, Ohio DNR Division of Urban Forestry, spoke of the importance of keeping trees healthy so they can withstand natural forces like wind and ice. She answered questions about the best time to prune trees and demonstrated with slides the proper cuts to make in pruning.
For those with damaged trees, Bonner stressed taking the time to assess the damage to each tree and to talk with a professional forester or a certified arborist. She described that some damaged trees can be saved, but it's important to make a sound decision so that the tree left standing doesn't become a potential hazard in the next storm.