Caring for Ice-Damaged Woodlots and Plantations

Ice storms are common in southern Ontario and play an important role in the natural cycle of forest succession. Depending on the level of damage, trees can recover from ice damage within a few years. Severe ice storms accompanied by high winds can damage large areas of forests, creating gaps in the forest canopy where species of trees that need direct sunlight can grow.

This Extension Note provides information on how to assess ice damage and what to do to make the most of an ice-damaged woodlot or plantation.

For more specific information on caring for ice-damaged sugar bushes, refer to the Interim Guidelines for the Tapping and Restoration of Sugar Bushes Affected by the Ice Storm of January 1988, which is available at offices of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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