Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.
The Georgia Forestry Commission has helped communities with a Community Forest Storm Mitigation Plan that focuses specifically on trees and ways to avoid or mitigate the damage they cause during a storm or other catastrophic event. Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist. Presentations from workshops are available and Georgia Forestry Commission staff are available to assist your community.
A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/management/trees-storm-safety/
PowerPoint presentations are available here.
Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.