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Storm-resilient Urban Forests: The Role of Species Selection and Maintenance Pruning

Inclement weather, particularly severe thunderstorms and wintry precipitation, is a major cause of damage to urban forests. Broken stems and uprooted trees cause power outages, traffic disruptions, and property damage, often at considerable economic costs. The loss of tree canopy cover also impacts community benefits such as shade, air quality, and sense of place. Many people believe that all trees are equally susceptible to storm damage and there is not much we can do to prevent it. Fortunately, this is not the case. When communities take proper precautions with which types of trees they plant, where they plant them, and how they care for them, the outcomes of inclement weather can be much less detrimental. In this webinar, Extension Agents will learn how inclement weather impacts trees and how they can support storm-resilient urban forests in their communities through careful species selection and preventive maintenance pruning. Agents will also learn how to go about locating and hiring a qualified professional to entrust with pruning and other tree care services.

Speaker: Dr. Eric Wiseman - Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Urban Forestry, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor

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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:

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