Watch For Falling Trees

Guidelines to help you avoid risk:

  • Avoid dense patches of trees.  They can fall without warning.

  • Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds.  If you are in the forest and the winds kick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any trees.

  • Place campers and tents in areas where they will not be hit by a falling tree.

  • When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section.  If trees fall across the road you may be trapped.

  • Bring an axe or chainsaw to remove fallen trees if you become trapped.

  • Do not rely on cell phones for safety.  There is no coverage in many areas of the forest.

 

What's Killing the Trees?

The  bark beetle epidemic was triggered by an extended drought, warmer winters and aging forests.

Beetle epidemics are natural processes that cycle over time and are one of nature's ways of rejuvenating forests.  Mountain pine beetles don't usually attack small pines or other tree species such as fir, aspen or spruce.  These young trees will make up the next forest.

As you travel through the forest, you may see entire landscapes turning red and brown as trees die.  This significant change in the forest landscape will influence fire behavior.  Please be very careful with fire.

The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies, local communities and property owners are working together to remove dead, dying and hazardous trees.  This will help protect people, roads, trails, power lines, campgrounds, other facilities and critical watersheds.