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The original item was published from 11/4/2022 2:01:58 PM to 11/10/2022 1:56:23 PM.

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Posted on: November 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Response to Storm Tree Damage

City Response To Storm Tree Damage (1)

Numerous downed limbs are present in the community and crews are actively working to clean-up and remove this debris. Trees in parks and in rights-of-way between sidewalks and property lines are maintained by the City. Some hanger limbs that can be a threat to public safety and property have been identified. These are being addressed by the City’s arborists in bucket trucks. Please email forestry@gjcity.org or call 970.254.3849 to report areas needing attention. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

“While damage is present with this last storm, it is nowhere near the significant event that happened on October 25th 2020”, said Parks and Recreation director Ken Sherbenou. “That event required a major mobilization of City staff along with additional resources. Thankfully, this storm’s impact on the urban tree canopy is much less substantial. Most downed limbs are of a small, manageable diameter.”

Tips for Dealing with Fallen Tree Limbs – Residents should familiarize themselves with the following tips when it comes to dealing with broken tree limbs at their private residences. These tips can help protect resident’s safety as well as the health of the tree.

  • Check for Hazards – If you see a broken tree limb, check your surroundings to see if there are any other tree limbs hanging above. Fallen tree limbs can also hit utility lines. Contact your utility company if a tree is affecting any utility line.
  • Do Not Try to Clean Up by Yourself – If you are unable to clean up fallen branches, contact a licensed tree service for help. There are 16 licensed tree service companies currently operating in Grand Junction. These are all vetted by the City of Grand Junction’s Forestry Board, a volunteer board comprised of tree and plant experts. Contacts for these companies may be found at: https://www.gjcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/334/2022-Licensed-Tree-Care-Providers-PDF?bidId=. These private companies have the required expertise and insurance to serve private property owners.
  • Knocking Snow Off Branches – Knocking snow can cause branches to break. To help mitigate damage, gently push up on branches from below.
  •  Remove Broken Branches – Removing broken branches can help protect the tree from future decay, insects, and disease. Prune the tree where the branch joins a larger branch.
  • Do Not Over-Prune – After tree limbs have fallen, a tree can look uneven. Do not worry, most trees will quickly grow new branches.

For more information about tree care and protection, visit the Colorado State Forest Service website at csfs.colostate.edu

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