Threat of winter storm brings potential for damaged and downed trees across North Carolina

January 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2022

CONTACT:

Philip Jackson, public information officer N.C. Forest Service 919-857-4828

Threat of winter storm brings potential for damaged and downed trees across North Carolina

RALEIGH – Snow, ice and freezing rain can severely impact trees and forested areas across the state. The N.C. Forest Service urges property owners and anyone preparing for or cleaning up after a storm to be cautious and to always think safety first.

"I want to urge everyone to be extra cautious, especially if you intend to be out preparing trees for a winter storm or cleaning up afterwards,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “As always, resources are available to landowners for assistance with any concerns about your woodlands. Contact your N.C. Forest Service county ranger or a consulting forester for questions about managing damaged trees and timber.”

If you are a property owner preparing for a winter storm or cleaning up after one, here are some helpful tips and guidelines:

Before the Storm

During the Storm

After the Storm

Choose a qualified and insured tree service or consulting arborist. To find qualified arborists in your area, visit www.treesaregood.com, www.asca-consultants.org, or the www.treecareindustry.org.

For more information and advice on proper tree care and tree assessment following a storm, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/Managing_your_forest/damage_recovery.htm. Additional advice on proper tree care can be found at www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/Urban_Forestry.htm or by calling 919-857-4842. To find contact information for your local NCFS county ranger, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts.

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