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Monday, January 7, 2013

Arkansas Forestry Commission offers advice for storm-damaged trees

The following information is offered by the Arkansas Forestry Commission:

The Arkansas Forestry Commission urges residents to use extreme caution when clearing debris from the recent winter storm.  Large broken or hanging limbs are dangerous hazards.  They are even more dangerous when near power lines.  Tree work should be done only by people trained and equipped to work safely with trees.

The International Society of Arboriculture has a certification system for arborists.  ISA Certified Arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care.   Consideration should be given to an ISA Certified Arborist which has the equipment and know-how to safely remove limbs and save and repair damaged trees.  To find a local certified arborist, visit the International Society of Arboriculture website at .  If a local ISA Certified Arborist is not available, tree work should be done by a tree service company that is insured and can provide references. 

For more information about how to determine if trees will survive damage from the storm, visit and click on Services and then Community Forestry or contact Patti Erwin at 479-442-4963 or   

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