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Stormwise is a forest vegetation management program with the goal of reducing the risk of tree-related storm damage to power lines. Implementing proper long-term management practices in woodlands along utility corridors will create healthy, storm resistant and aesthetically pleasing trees and forest stands. The development of Stormwise was initiated by recent catastrophic storm events in Connecticut.

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Human Dimensions

Social science is an important tool for integrating the aspects of roadside tree and forest management that are important to people while also managing trees for public safety and electric power reliability.

Forest Management

Tackling the challenge of maintaining the aesthetic appeal of forested Connecticut byways while reducing the potential of tree-caused damage to the utility infrastructure during severe storms.

Remote Sensing

Providing accurate 3D measurements of the landscape, such as tree heights and stand density.

Tree Biomechanics

Measuring changes in tree sway dynamics with the intent to evaluate and improve the resiliency of the forest edge in storm-force winds.

Creating a Stormwise Community

Stormwise Your Town

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  • Assessment
  • Critical/Key Locations
  • Partners/Collaborators
  • Engaging Citizens
  • Commitment of Resources

Become a Stormwise Practitioner

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  • Arborists
  • Foresters
  • Tree Harvesters

  • Assessment
  • Prescription
  • Selection
  • Logistics
  • Equipment
  • Skills
  • Marketing

Advocate Stormwise

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  • Advocate for Your Property
  • Advocate for Your Neighborhood

Demonstration Sites Around Connecticut

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News and Updates

Wind and Trees 101: To Touch a Tree

The root of the problem, to which we hope Stormwise can be a solution, is the tree/wind dynamic. Wind is the force that sets a tree in motion. A tree set in motion begins to sway with an amplitude and frequency dictated by its own physical properties – its size and shape – as well […]

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Planting Near Power Lines

A few years ago, my mom planted a little tree in her front yard. Last summer, she had me up on a ladder pruning it back. She didn’t realize when she planted the tree that it was right underneath the power line to her house! Trees and power lines can create problems when they occupy […]

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Dealing with Storm Damaged Trees

Much of the research and demonstration work in the Stormwise program is about creating more storm-resistant conditions in our roadside woods. Growing more storm-resistant trees and forests takes time, of course, and in the meantime the woods we have near our homes and roadsides remain subject to severe winds, downpours, lightning, snow and ice that […]

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Forest Canopy Structure: What Does That Mean and Why Does It Matter?

I spend a lot of time shooting lasers at trees, but this is definitely not as exciting as it sounds! These aren’t Han Solo style blasters we’re talking about, rather I’m talking about Terrestrial Laser Scanners. This is an instrument that shoots out millions of laser pulses and records the amount of time that elapses […]

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Ethics Practices in Human Dimensions Research

Human dimensions is a social science that seeks to understand how people make decisions about natural resources, and characteristics of individuals that affect those decisions. As part of the Stormwise project, human dimensions research is helping to understand public concerns about, and opportunities for, roadside tree and forest management in communities across Connecticut. Although data […]

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A Need for Small Scale Forest Management

Connecticut has seen a tremendous increase in reforestation over the past century, with noticeable overgrowth and lack of management. The shrinking average parcel size of forested land in Connecticut calls for scale-appropriate management, but this is difficult with a high number of stakeholders. Even with increased roadside vegetation management and activities involving small-acreage treatments for […]

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A Media Perspective on Storm-Related Power Outages

People love their roadside and yard trees, but they also care about a reliable power supply. As a human dimensions researcher on the Stormwise project, I am interested in how people make decisions about their trees in the face of these competing values. One of the first steps in gaining this understanding is to evaluate […]

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Assessing tree hazards through remote sensing

Jason Parent and Dr. John Volin Stormwise will take many years to put into practice and will require a great deal of effort spent on educating and obtaining the cooperation of community officials and land owners. To get the most benefit in the short-term, Stormwise will focus on areas where the forest presents the greatest […]

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Value Recovery from Stormwise Roadside Tree Management

During last summer’s Emerald Ash Borer Survey I drove along River Road in Killingworth somewhat amused by signage. A tree crew contracted to the power company had recently performed some right-of-way maintenance that included tree trimming and removals. The amusing signage indicated possession (or not) of the wood material left behind. “Don’t touch this wood!”, […]

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Stormwise: Connecticut Collaborates to Cultivate Storm-resistant Trees

Authors: Jenna Klinck and Amanda Bunce, with Dr. Mark Rudnicki At the top of a 40 ft. ladder, harnessed safely to a gently swaying hickory tree, UConn graduate student Jenna Klinck secures a tilt sensor that will record the movements of this tree for years to come. She is a researcher on a project in […]

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