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Chapter 3 - Assessing Hurricane-Damaged Trees and Deciding What to Do1

Eliana Kampf, Mary L. Duryea, Edward F. Gilman and Astrid Delgado2


Right after a hurricane, communities and homeowners need to decide what to do with storm-damaged trees. Although damaged trees may seem to be dying, some trees can be restored, others will need to be removed, and still others will not require any special treatment and can be left alone. The factors that should be considered when deciding whether to remove or restore storm-damaged trees are discussed in detail in this fact sheet. Use this information to help you make informed decisions about how to treat your damaged trees after a storm.

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This document is FOR-117, one of the Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program series of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2007. Reviewed February 2014. Visit the EDIS website at and


Eliana Kampf, urban forester, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; Mary L. Duryea, professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation and associate dean for Research, IFAS; Edward F. Gilman, professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture; and Astrid Delgado, urban forester landscaping specialist, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.