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Hoffman, Damien J.. 2011. Danger Tree Mitigation Guidelines for Managers. 1151 2815P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center.

Danger trees present a safety concern for anyone working on or visiting public lands. Between 2001 and 2009, eight wildland firefighters were killed in danger tree accidents. Many injuries and near-misses involving Forest Service employees, contractors, and forest visitors occurred during the same period. A full understanding of three common methods (blasting, mechanical felling, and manual felling) and one technique (avoidance) can help managers determine the best way to address danger tree safety concerns.

Keywords: avoidance, blasting, chain saws, danger trees, hazard trees, manual felling, mechanical felling, mitigation, safety at work


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