The U.S. Forest Service and States in the Southeast developed the Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) concept in 2007. In the aftermath of several devastating hurricanes, they found that recovery crews were often unable to correctly evaluate the damage to and risks posed by urban trees in affected areas. Too often, trees that would have recovered were removed, and hazardous trees that should have been removed were retained. The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (NA S&PF) is now working with State forestry agencies and their State cooperators to develop and use strike teams.
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