Fresh AfieldMore posts

When the Ice Storm Is Over: Damaged Trees

Dec 11, 2007

Hope if you’re reading this during Missouri’s current ice storm that your electricity florida beachstays on to keep you safe and warm…I put this picture of a warm Florida beach to transport you for moment out of the cold before I plunge back into talk of ice and trees.

The ice storm last January create a swathe of downed trees in Southwest Missouri, and it’s likely that some parts of the state will suffer the same from this new storm.

Once the storm is over and cleanup begins, though, you’ll want to know what steps to take. This .pdf file on tree care after ice storms is from our agency, the Missouri Department of Conservation. I found another one on the Web from Ontario, Canada, that provides additional visual help. For some of the trees that aren’t a hazard, you’ll need to wait until later when growth begins again to see what to do.

One result of all the downed trees from last January’s storm is an increase of wood on the ground that can create dangerous fire hazards when the season is dry. MDC Southwest Regional Forestry Supervisor Tim Stanton said deciduous forests like Missouri’s typically has about 3.5 tons of available fuel--things like downed tree limbs, dead trees, dry leaves and other plant material--per acre. He said surveys of storm-damaged areas have much more fuel. “The potential for a serious fire season is before us. It will be with us for the next three to five years.”

Recent Posts

artwork of rabbit hiding from coyote in winter

The Game of Life

Feb 16, 2020

Discover how wildlife beat the Survivor odds when the Wheel of Fortune spins into a new season and puts them in Jeopardy in this week's Discover Nature Note.

Drawing of spotted salamander

Salamander Sway for Valentines Day

Feb 09, 2020

Shortly after Valentine's Day, a flash mob of spotted salamanders descend into water for their ritual dance during breeding season.

Watch them in action and learn more about salamanders in this week's Discover Nature Note.

bobwhite quail in snow

Winter Wildlife and Snow

Feb 03, 2020

The amount of snow determines how wildlife survive in winter.Discover how snow can hinder or help various animals in this week's Discover Nature Note.