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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  • 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

Using artificial intelligence to detect invasive shrub species

Invasion by non-native plant species is a primary concern in forest ecosystem health and biodiversity. Despite extensive research on invasive species, fundamental questions remain on how to quantify the distribution of their populations accurately. Remotely sensed imagery at low altitudes during distinct phenological states can detect the spatial organization of understory invasive shrub species (fig. […]

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The Slow Storm

Tree Mortality in Connecticut: Spring of 2018 In the spring and early summer of this year, it became apparent that many trees in the state, along the roadside and in our forested areas, were not leafing out. They had not survived the past winter. The area forests have suffered drought, defoliation by gypsy moth, and […]

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