T&D News 2008 Number 2

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Safety and Health

Using Explosives for Safe and Efficient Hazard Tree Removal

This is a picture of a large tree with a lot of damage to it's base. A package of explosives is taped onto the rotten area and a ignition cord leads away from the package.Fire-damaged or decayed trees can be too hazardous for sawyers to fell with a saw. Lone hazard trees or a group of hazard trees can be removed safely with explosives, even in the wilderness. The tech tip "Felling Hazard Trees With Explosives" (0867–2325–MTDC) describes this safe, cost-effective, and efficient alternative to sawing.

Certified blasters with a "Hazard Trees" endorsement work throughout the Forest Service. Line officers and project planners should consider using explosives if doing so will help get the job done more safely.

For more information about felling hazard trees with explosives, contact Bob Beckley, project leader (phone: 406-329-3996; e-mail: rbeckley@fs.fed.us).

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