Dead trees can stand for many years, providing valuable wildlife habitat as snags. When they are within the core of the woods, they become part of the natural forest regeneration process when they fall.
All visitors to a forested area should be aware of their surroundings, and understand that forests are dynamic places and that even seemingly healthy trees can fall without notice. Please use common sense when recreating in the forest, stay on trails, and do not enter the forest under high winds.
In areas close to a trail, trailhead, or bench, the City conducts annual trail inspections to search for hazardous trees. If a tree is deemed an imminent or high risk, then it will be removed. If you are concerned about a particular tree that is actively failing or severely leaning near one of these locations, please contact Parks and Open Space at 541-682-4800.