It doesn't take a tornado or hurricane to break limbs and uproot trees. Every woodlot is vulnerable to damage from windstorms. Learn how to make your woodlot more resistant to wind damage and what to do when a windstorm hits your land.
The U.S. has more than 70,000 wildfires and 100,000 thunderstorms every year. If you're caught in your woodlot when one of these disasters strikes, you're at risk for severe injury or death. Know how to avoid these conditions and survive them if you can't get away.
An uprooted tree can be safe when lying on the ground, but it can become a hazard if someone attempts to cut it. The heavy roots, stump and stem contain dangerous crushing force. Special techniques and training are required to cut up-rooted trees safely.
Widow-makers are broken branches or fallen trees suspended in your woodlot's canopy. They can also be rotten trees on the verge of falling. Widow-makers can fall without warning. Know what to look for so you can avoid these hazardous limbs and trees.