University of Florida
Trees and Hurricanes

Urban Forest Hurricane
Recovery Program

The University of Florida /Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) created the Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program after the devastation of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.

The main goal of the program is to foster a healthy urban forest that is more wind-resistant. The program is aimed at citizens and communities who seek to rebuild and set better management practices so that future storms are less devastating.

The Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program is funded by the Florida Division of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service, Southern Region.

Booklet Available Online

To learn about how to be safe around fallen trees after a hurricane, when and how to restore damaged trees, and ways to prevent damage next time, check out the publication Assessing Damage and Restoring Trees After a Hurricane.

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Research Findings

Check out the recent University of Florida study on the effects of Hurricanes and the Urban Forest:

Effects on Southeastern United States Coastal Plain Tree Species [436KB]

Effects on Tropical and Subtropical Tree Species [444KB]