Hazard Trees Removed From Allred Campground

Release Date: Jun 16, 2021

Kemmerer, Wyo., June 16. 2021—The Bridger-Teton National Forest conducted some campsite maintenance on the Allred Flat campground on the Kemmerer Ranger District.

After the snow had melted at the Allred campground, personnel began working on identifying hazard trees and dead top trees. The trees that were felled were cut into firewood, stacked, and the remaining branched chipped.  To improve recreation experience and user satisfaction, forest personnel carefully removed and chipped some of the younger generation trees while leaving others for shade and cover. Additionally, a massive effort was underway to clear a lot of blowdown that had occurred prior to the winter season. The blowdown trees were cut into firewood size, and stacked for visitor use in the campground, and branches were chipped. Due to the abundance of fuels, dead trees, and blowdown, the personnel expect to return to the 13-acre project this fall

A "hazard tree" is a tree that has a structural defect that makes it likely to fail in whole or in part. Falling trees are an ever-present hazard when traveling or camping in the forest, yet too often we are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees. Trees are defective from age, fire and disease. 

Forest visitors are reminded to be aware of your surroundings as trees can fall without warning. Be particularly watchful when it's windy or following a snowstorm when branches are covered with snow. Avoid parking or camping in areas where trees could fall.

Avoid dense patches of dead trees. Limbs and damaged trees may fall at any time. Trees without needles, bark or limbs may indicate structural defects. Trees with conks, broken tops, basal scars, numerous downed limbs, ants, or an abundance of woodpecker holes may have internal rot.

Beware of hazardous trees due to ice storm or insect damage. Ice storms can inflict serious damage to trees, uprooting or breaking off large limbs. Cracks can develop in large branches which, although they are damaged, do not fall from the tree. Such branches can present a hazard to people or property long after the ice has melted.

Look up while on trails, especially when it’s windy. Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.

Park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section when driving in remote areas of the forest to avoid being trapped if a tree falls across the road.

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