With Alberto moving out of the Southeast and across Indiana today, it’s time to take stock of what damage the winds and saturated soils may have caused to trees on your property. Here is a recent video on how to create storm-resilient urban forests which may minimize future damage. The video is one of of series produced by the Southern Regional Extension Forestry group–you can read more about them at https://sref.info/about/what-we-do. The description of the video is below. You can register for the video at https://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/storm-resilient-urban-forests-response-resilience-are-you-prepared-to-respond/webinar_view.

Storms happen and the urban forest responds accordingly to steps taken beforehand to create storm-response resilience. Recovery from storms also happens and the success is predictable based on how well a community prepares in advance to respond.

Storm tree damage. Credit: Richard Hauer

Storms occur in both small communities and large metropolitan areas. Planning early and often is good advice to prepare for your initial storm response. A triage approach for debris management takes care of the worst first and productively leads to a timed and planned response to the aftermath of storms. In this video, Extension Agents and educators will learn a variety of approaches communities have used to respond to storms and ultimately manage tree damage and tree debris. The speaker also discussed a variety of actions to incorporate into community storm response before a storm happens.

This webinar is part of the series, Understanding Urban and Community Forests: An Extension Webinar Series. To view all webinars in the series, click here.