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UConn Tree Program Cuts Chances of Power Outages

(UConn Today) 

There are few places on earth that have as many people living among so much forest as does Connecticut, a distinction that becomes an issue for home and business owners when storms hit and falling tree limbs knock out power.

To reduce storm-related instances of electrical outages, University of Connecticut (UConn) faculty members recently began rolling out a new education program for the public.

Under the initiative, dubbed Stormwise, experts share forest management principles with communities and individuals.

“We explain to people that trees can be managed so that there is a natural resistance to wind damage,” says Tom Worthley, UConn extension educator who specializes in forest sustainability. “If a stand of trees is unhealthy, judicious thinning of unhealthy specimens – understanding the biomechanics and making sure the strongest ones remain – can dramatically reduce the effects of strong wind or a heavy snowfall.”

Published: August 4, 2014

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