Good tree health improves survival odds from winter storms

Yes, there is a house under all these trees. The trees had saturated soils and could not withstand the storm in December 2007.

Big storms can mean big damage to trees and big bills to you if a tree or large limbs fall on your house, car… or a person. We can’t prevent the storms but there are ways to reduce the damage winds can cause to your trees. How? Keep your trees in tip-top shape with regular maintenance.

DNR operates the state’s Urban & Community Forestry program, which is funded largely by the U.S. Forest Service to help you and your community keep that healthy, green canopy — your trees — in good shape. Proper pruning means careful cutting, not topping; smart staking; and thoughtful planting as this video about tree care explains.

For more details about assessing storm damage, here’s what forest landowners look for after a storm.

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