Beware of Hazardous Trees Due To Ice Storm Damage
and Southern Pine Beetle Damage.
- Beware of limbs and damaged trees that may fall at any time.
- Look up while on trails, especially when it’s windy.
- Use caution when selecting a place to camp, picnic, or rest.
- Control your campfire, and make sure it is “dead out” when you leave.
Watch for Dead Trees!
CAUTION! As a result of the southern pine beetle (SPB) epidemic on the Daniel Boone National Forest, thousands of dead pine trees across the landscape are creating hazards in the form of falling branches and tree snags. These “hazard trees” have the potential of causing severe personal injury or death. Hazard trees are especially cause for concern near campgrounds, trails, roads and powerline rights-of-way. The Forest Supervisor is urging the public to use extreme caution when visiting forest areas impacted by SPB.
Periods of high wind increase the chances for falling branches and dead tree snags. As a precaution, forest areas damaged by SPB should be avoided especially during high wind. Any snag can be dangerous any time, but dead pines tend to deteriorate more rapidly. Their wood is softer than deciduous hardwood trees, which makes them more susceptible to wind throw.
Forest managers are concerned about the debris from dead and dying trees that is now covering the forest floor. This debris dramatically increases the fuel load in these areas, which may create severe conditions in the event of a wildfire. Concern is heightened for firefighters, public safety and the lives and property on private lands adjacent to National Forest.
Efforts to remove hazard trees from recreation areas and along roads are ongoing. Priority areas for treatment have been established across the Forests, targeting those areas with the most public use. While the task is daunting with a vast number of dead trees, employees and contractors have been removing as many hazard trees as possible.