NC Trees & Storms: Readiness, Response, & Recovery
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NC Trees & Storms: Readiness, Response, & Recovery

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     Tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, and other storm-related events can cause significant tree damage in North Carolina. These adverse weather conditions can cause millions of dollars in damage for municipalities and burden homeowners with thousands of dollars in clean-up costs.

     The NC Trees & Storms: Readiness, Response, & Recovery initiative provides homeowners, tree care professionals and municipalities the information they need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from  tree-damaging storm events. It is a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Forest Service, NC Urban Forest Council, and NC State Cooperative Extension Service.

     By practicing the 3Rs (Readiness, Response, & Recovery), residents and local experts can take the steps needed to prevent and minimize tree damage, effectively respond after the storm, and assess the additional steps needed to ensure the health of remaining trees. These basic steps will save homeowners and taxpayers money and promote the health of North Carolina’s urban forests and the many benefits they provide.

     For example, homeowners can prepare for storms by planting the right trees for their landscape and that are wind resistant, among other things. When responding, homeowners will need to assess the damage and determine which trees pose immediate risks. Even after the debris is cleaned up and hazard trees are removed, more work is needed. During the recovery phase, homeowners should stake smaller trees, plant trees to replace those lost in the storm, and take other proactive measures.

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