Trees and Severe Weather

Trees are amazingly resilient. Most trees survive storms and recover over time from storm damage. Get careful, professional assessments on remaining trees so that they are not unnecessarily removed or damaged.

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Advice on Managing Your Trees

A common question of homeowners after a storm is: “Will my tree survive?” This is a difficult question to answer because it is affected by several factors of the tree’s former and current condition. Some trees seem to be able to come through with only minor damage, while others suffer the loss of large limbs and significant parts of their branching structure.

Proper pruning and maintenance are the best defense against storm-related tree damage. Start now by locating a professional certified arborist and building a relationship with them. You can call on them after a storm event and trust their opinion. We recommend contacting and interviewing at least three certified arborists to find someone you feel comfortable with. Arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture are trained professionals and stay current on proper tree care. Certified arborists ensure your trees stay healthy and can identify dangerous trees that should be removed before a storm event.

Begin to understand when a tree becomes a hazard and what to do about it at our annual Hazard Tree Workshop. This workshop is each fall, prior to the storm season. Urban Forestry also hosts tree pruning workshops throughout the year. Contact 360-487-8332 or email to find out more information.

Tree Care Before the Storm

Tree Care After the Storm

Need to Report a Downed Tree?

Property owners are responsible for removing downed trees or limbs on their private property. To report trees that fall into a public roadway or sidewalk within the City of Vancouver, please contact Operations Dispatch at 360-487-8177 (24-hours a day). If necessary for public safety, City crews will move the trees out of the way. If the tree is a private tree, the property owner is responsible for removing the wood that has been placed aside.

More Tips for Severe Weather Situations

Get the facts and tips you may need should severe weather strike here. Learn more about how to be prepared for severe weather and how the City of Vancouver’s Department of Public Works is serving you through snow, ice, high winds and more.

Call 360-487-8332 or send us an email for more information.