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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.


 

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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