While trees provide countless benefits to humans, communities, and wildlife, they can also be destructive, causing significant damage during or after a storm. Damage from trees during storms is of particular importance to Vermonters, as the state is prone to wind and ice storms. Arming ourselves with the know-how to prepare, assess, and respond efficiently is key to mitigating and reducing damage.
Planning, Responding, and Regreening-- A Community Guide to Natural Disaster Relief is a handbook for municipal leaders, public works directors, urban forest managers, and state urban forestry coordinators. It provides a ready reference of procedures in planning for and responding to natural disasters.
Trees and Ice Storms: The Development of Ice Storm-Resistant Urban Tree Populations rates species commonly planted in urban areas in relation to storm readiness and recovery.
Storm Media Kit shares communication tools for use after a storm event.
Storms Over the Urban Forest: Planning, Responding, and Regreening was developed by the US Forest Service and provides guidance for communities on how to deal with the impacts of natural disasters.
Tree Emergency Planning Worksheet is a printable step-by-step worksheet to help local tree managers prepare for a storm event.