Maine Forest Service storm cleanup reminders that can help keep Maine's forests healthy

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Storm Safety and Cleanup

Everyone involved in storm cleanup can help keep Maine's forests healthy. After power and other utilities have been restored, property owners will face the issue of what to do with storm-damaged trees. Project Canopy, a program of the Maine Forest Service (MFS), offers tips and helpful guidance to property owners faced with questions about what to do with downed trees, limbs, and branches.

  • Trees and branches on homes and around power lines ⁠— Homeowners must find immediate solutions for downed trees and branches. Branches and trees on power lines should be dealt with by calling local power companies. Even if a hanging limb is clear of power and utility wires, homeowners should rely on professionals to assess the severity of the damage before trying to repair or remove the branch.

  • Injured trees requiring climbing or chainsaw work⁠ — Call a licensed arborist for help. Arborists are tree care professionals trained to assess and correct storm-damaged trees. They also have the experience needed to diagnose how much of a tree can or should be saved. Homeowners should be wary of those offering fly-by-night emergency tree-cutting services. Always ask for proof of licensing, insurance, and work references. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Arborist Program has more information about working with arborists

The Maine Forest Service reminds everyone that the woody debris created by storm damage may harbor insects or diseases that are harmful to our forests.  Moving that debris long distances can spread pests to new areas. 

Be aware that there are rules, known as quarantines, that impact transport of some woody storm debris:

Damage to trees in storms can make the evidence of forest pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle or hemlock woolly adelgid more visible. If damage from an invasive forest pest is suspected, please take photos and share them with the Maine Forest Service

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