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Uprooted tree from a storm

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System invites you to attend Storm Preparedness and Response Workshops, a series that will cover topics related to tree risk assessment and chain saw safety.

The purpose of these workshops is to help Alabama residents recognize and mitigate potentially dangerous trees and apply safer chain saw skills when cleaning debris in the aftermath of storms. Through these workshops, Extension hopes to improve the health, safety, and resilience of Alabama’s urban forests and the people who live under them.

Why Attend?

Historically, Alabama is brushed by a hurricane every two and a half years and receives a direct hit every nine years. On average, north and central Alabama have 63 tornadoes each year, and the numbers are rising annually. It is not a matter of if, but when the next storm will impact urban forests and the safety of Alabama’s residents living under their canopies.

Tree Risk Assessment Workshops

Storms increase the likelihood of tree failures. These failures can damage homes, disrupt utilities, block roads, and twist, break, bend, and uproot large trees. This creates extremely dangerous cutting situations during cleanup. Careful evaluations of trees each year can lead to proper preventative management. This management can reduce tree failures and the damage and disruption in the aftermath of storms.

Tree risk assessment workshops consist of a four-hour course aimed at helping homeowners and municipal workers identify and mitigate potentially dangerous trees. The workshop will consist of the following topics:

  • Identifying structural defects in tree roots, trunk, and crown
  • Evaluating tree health in mature trees
  • Rating potential targets under trees
  • Legal considerations
  • Outdoor demonstrations

Dates, Locations, and Registration

Information coming soon.

Chain Saw Safety Workshops

The increased incidence of improper chain saw use after storms has led to more people being injured following storms than during the storm themselves. In many situations, these injuries could have been averted by proper technique and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Chain saw safety trainings consist of a six-hour program with both indoor instruction and outdoor demonstrations. Trainings will review the following topics:

  • Personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Safety feature of modern chainsaws
  • Saw handling and ergonomics
  • Safe starting procedures
  • Felling plans and procedures
  • Limbing and bucking considerations
  • Identifying and mitigating dangerous cutting situations

Dates, Locations, and Registration

Information coming soon.

More Information

For more information on these workshops, contact Beau Brodbeck at brodbam@aces.edu, or Bence Carter at jbc0057@aces.edu.

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