Arkansas Forestry Commission advises public on storm damage

Friday, January 4, 2013

Many Arkansas residents faced a tree dilemma following last week's winter storm--remove the damaged tree or try and help the tree recover? The Arkansas Forestry Commission is encouraging the public to not act hastily when making their decision.

"Fortunately, even though it appears to be a bad storm. A lot of it was just limbs breaking, and it was the magnolia trees," said John Slater a Commission arborist. Many of those trees will survive, but Slater said there's a good number that will not.

"Anytime you have more than 50 percent of the tree exposed, that's a tree that really needs to be looked at hard to be removed," Slater explained.