Storms can lead to a wide range of damage to trees and the woodlands as a whole. In some cases the damage can be light affecting only a minimal number of upper branches, while other trees will be overturned or the main stem will be broken. Some storms may degrade only a small number of trees in a stand while strong storms like tornadoes can result in damage to nearly all the trees in the affected area. The majority of the timber value resides in the lower main stem and assessment of timber loss must focus on the damage that has occurred to this section of the tree.

Vast areas of the state were subjected to a severe winter storm in February 2009. This storm caused extensive damage to trees and woodlands across the state. Below is information to help you address storm damage to your woodlands.  

Storm Damage Website

UK Forestry Extension along with the Kentucky Division of Forestry developed a website for woodland owners, farmers, and forestry professionals. This site has a photo guide for assessing damage to your woodlands, publications and more. Click here to go to that site.


Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss
Timber damaged or destroyed by hurricane, fire, earthquake, ice, hail, tornado, high wind and other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow timberland owners to claim a deduction on their federal income tax returns. Click the above link to learn more.


Salvaging Timber 
This publication by the Kentucky Division of Forestry discusses how woodland owners should proceed on salvaging their storm damaged woodlands.