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Beckley, Bob . 2008. Felling Hazard Trees With Explosives. 0867 2325. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program. 8 p.

This tech tip describes how to use explosives to fell trees that are too hazardous to be felled with saws. Trees felled with explosives have jagged stumps rather than the artificially flat stumps left by a saw. Jagged stumps have a more natural appearance, which can be an advantage in wilderness settings. In the Forest Service, blasters not only need to be certified to work with explosives, but they must have a "Hazard Trees" endorsement to fell trees with explosives.

Keywords: blasting, danger trees, fuzzy stumping, hazard trees, safety at work, widow makers, widowmakers, wilderness management


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