Damage was concentrated between Cutler Lake and Poverty Ridge Roads, with a few isolated damage locations east of Cutler Lake Road. A total of 236 acres of state forest land was affected. The damage included 65 acres of white pine spread throughout 12 different plantations and 171 acres of hardwood forest. Among the damaged hardwood stands was the gypsy moth silvicultural treatment demonstration area.
Debris from wind-damaged trees along Vista Road increases short term fire hazard
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Damaged trees in white pine plantation should be salvaged to minimize risk of insect epidemics
The Ohio Division of Forestry plans to manage the damaged areas by implementing timely salvage operations. Unsalvaged trees create increased fire hazards and risk of insect epidemics in surrounding areas. Further damage to residual stands will be minimized during salvage operations.
| ||Tree vigor and survival after a major storm can be related to loss of the live crown
| ||Tree crown loss || ||Likely results |
| ||Greater than 75% || ||Low chance of survival |
| || || ||Surviving trees are likely to become heavily infected with decay and stain fungi |
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| ||50-75% || ||Many trees will survive with varying degrees of fungal infections and growth suppression |
| || || ||Breakage of larger tops and large lower branches will result in extensive fungal infection |
| || || ||Shattered branch bases and torn bark increase the severity of the damage |
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| ||Less than 50% || ||High chance of survival |
| || || ||Growth in some trees will slow due to loss of crown |
| || || ||Growth in lightly or undamaged trees on the edges of disturbed areas may increase due to reduced competition |
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Wind can cause severe damage to forested ecosystems. Physically, high winds injure trees in a number of ways: branch breakage in the crown, main stem breakage, root breakage, and windthrow. Regardless of the type of damage, it is important to realize that problems related to the initial wind damage will continue to develop over the next few years. Insect infestations, stain and decay fungi infections, and stem breakage may occur for some time following a wind storm. Another effect of severe wind damage on forests that should not be discounted is the disruption of long range forest management.