- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging landowners and others to be cautious when assessing damage to their woodlands and urban trees from recent storms.

State forester David Lane says damaged yard and urban trees may have their health and beauty restored with pruning and selective care.

Tree topping isn’t considered a viable solution for storm-damage recovery. Lane said the sprouts that occur after tree topping are fast-growing, weakly attached branches more likely to break off in future storms. He said if landowners are concerned about their trees, they should contact a certified arborist to assess tree health and integrity.

The forest service also suggests people who choose clean up after a storm themselves should work with a partner, especially when operating equipment such as chain saws.

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