Storm Damage

Few things can physically alter the landscape of a community as devastatingly as widespread tree damage after a storm. Whether you are a municipal official or a private landowner, here are some resources to help you respond and recover from a storm event.


After a storm strikes, here are some tips and resources to assist in dealing with storm damage trees.

Stay Safe. Take safety precautions and be on the alert for downed power lines and "widow makers," dangerous hanging branches ready to fall. Call your utility company to report downed wires.

Assess the Damage. Check out this Storm Damaged Tree Checklist to assist you in making an informed decision about storm damaged trees. 

Seek professional help. Leave dangerous work such as overhead pruning or removing trees, especially large ones, to professionals who are trained in tree care. Arborists and VT licensed foresters have achieved a level of knowledge and experience to know the best treatment for your trees and woods, plus they are equipped to do the job safely and are insured. Find an ISA Certified Arborist or VT Licensed Forester.

Recovery and Prevention

Storms can inflict major damage to trees. However, with proper planning and care, much of the worst damage to trees and property can be prevented.  Here are some tips to help you improve the resilience of trees in your yard and throughout your community.

Plant for resiliency.  Check out these resources for proper tree selection and planting

Practice proper tree care. Proper pruning and tree care can prevent storm damage to trees.  Check out these tree care resources to improve the health and resiliency of your trees.

Knowing the condition of trees in your yard and in your community. Check out these resources for tree risk management to help you address hazard trees before the next storm event.