Following a winter filled with snow and ice storms, more city officials in the Midwest and Northeast are taking a closer look at the stability of their trees and whether some tough choices need to be made to possibly cut damage costs of future storms, reports the Associated Press.
Ice layers on trees can make the weight of a limb 100 times more heavy, causing tree limbs and trunks to snap – a risk to life and property as they topple down. Losses from ice storms regularly exceed $225 million annually, and some researchers and city officials say communities and home owners may need to more carefully consider what trees decorate their landscapes.
Frank Telewski, a Michigan State biology professor and curator of Michigan State’s arboretum, is teaming up with experts in several states to study the types of trees that can withstand severe weather, such as ice storms.
“If we can do something to reduce the potential damage, it’s going to be a great service to the country – make us better prepared to survive these storms,” Telewski told the Associated Press.
But communities may be faced with tough decisions on whether to uproot trees that have long been a part …read more