Planting a diverse urban forest that includes trees resistant to ice storms and performing regular tree maintenance to avoid or remove structural weaknesses will reduce damage caused by severe ice storms. Management plans for urban trees should incorporate information on the ice storm susceptibility of trees in order to: limit potential ice damage; to reduce hazards resulting from ice damage;and to restore urban tree populations following ice storms.
Richard J. Hauer, Mary C. Hruska, and Jeffrey O. Dawson. 1994. Trees and ice storms: The development of ice storm–resistant urban tree populations. Special Publication 94-1, Department of Forestry, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Urbana, IL 61801. 12pp.View Resource