Ice Damage Fact Sheets

FORFS 09-01 Ice Damage – Safety in the Woods
This publication will help to keep you safe in ice-damaged woodlands and while clearing tree debris from roads, trails, and fences. 

FORFS 09-02 Ice Damage– Timber Salvage Decisions
This fact sheet is provided to help you make decisions regarding timber losses associated with ice damage. If timber value loss is significant, a salvage operation may be warranted as well as claiming a tax loss. 

FORFS 09-03 - Ice Damage – Managing Woodland Damage and Health
This fact sheet provides information on overall woodland health and the effects of ice damage on long-term woodland health and management. 


Additional Ice Damage Information

Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty LossIce damage near road
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. (pdf)

Kentucky Woodlands Magazine - Evaluating Ice Damage
This photographic guide will provide information that can help you assess tree damage relative to timber value loss. 

Managing Ice Damage for Forest Stands
This publication by the Kentucky Division of Forestry covers how woodland owners can address the task of assessing their forest damage and making decisions about their future.

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

Storm Damage

FORFS 12-3 Storm Damage - Safety in the Woods
This publication will help to keep you safe in storm-damaged woodlands and while clearing tree debris from roads, trails, and fences. 

FORFS 12-4 - Storm Damage - Timber Salvage Decisions
This fact sheet is provided to help you make decisions regarding timber losses associated with storm damage. If timber value loss is significant, a salvage operation may be warranted as well as claiming a tax loss. 

Urban / Yards

Helping Trees Recover from Ice Storm Damage broken tree limbsThis publication by the Kentucky Division of Forestry discusses things that can be done to help many damaged trees recover. Don’t make hasty decisions! Stop and evaluate your trees first!

Pruning Landscape Trees
This publication by the UK Department of Horticulture covers the proper steps in pruning landscape trees. For more horticulural information on woody plants click here.

Caring For Trees Damaged by Ice This publication by the Land Owner Resource Centre in Ontario, Canada shows woodland owners how they can assess damaged individual trees in their woodlands.

Press Release

Ice Damage Press Release
Come up with a plan for your damaged trees before you cut. Dr. Jacob Muller, discusses the need to work with professionals in dealing with ice damage to your woodlands.