USDA Forest Service

Forest Health Protection, Southern Region


USDA Forest Service
Forest Health Protection
Region 8
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Room 816 N
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: (404) 347-7478
Fax: (404) 347-1880

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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Hazard Tree Management

In few other areas of natural resources management do the twin goals of absolute tree preservation conflict so strongly with the provision of absolute safety to visitors as they do with management of hazard trees in developed recreation areas. In our increasingly litigious society, land managers continue to turn to Forest Health Protection staff for impartial, independent technical assistance regarding managing or reducing the threat posed by hazardous trees, and insuring their employees are fully trained to recognize and manage them.


  • Hazard tree management in developed recreation is required by Forest Service policy.
  • The art of hazard tree management currently exceeds the science.
  • Hazard tree management planning and project implementation will continue to be impacted over the foreseeable future by changing case law, changing technology, increasing recreational user-base, and an aging forest.

Project Highlights

  • What's working?
    • Keeping National Forest and Park System staff up-to-date and trained
      • Conducted by FHP as formal training sessions and inspections upon request
      • Good publications are being developed and provided by FHP
      • No regional strategy is currently driving efforts • customer-driven
      • FHP staff currently funded and organized to conduct this work effectively
  • "What needs attention?"
    • While the FHP staff is currently funded and organized to conduct this work effectively requests for formal training sessions and inspections are expected to increase due to personnel changes, changing forest conditions, and insect/disease outbreaks requiring an increased commitment of resources
      • Additional technology needs to be developed using new instruments and devices (e.g. cell phones) , GIS technology, new decay detection instruments
      • Increased partnerships with research and other cooperators are needed to develop and utilize emerging cell phone (PDA)/GIS, the National hazard tree management website and other tools
    • Increased participation from the National hazard tree working group

FHP Contact:

William Jones
Forest Service-USDA
1720 Peachtree Road, NW, Room 862 S
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 828-259-0526


More Information

International Tree Failure Database (Temporarily unavailable)

Forest Pathology - Hazard Trees


Updated: January 2012



USDA Forest Service - Forest Health Protection, Southern Region
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:28 CST

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