Hazard Tree Management
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) encompasses approximately 20,000 acres, is 184.5 miles long, and hosts more than 5 million visitors each year. The main visitor corridor within the park is the historic towpath which is used for walking, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Other visitor use areas include trails, entrance roads, buildings, campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, and historic structures. Approximately one million trees are located throughout the park.
Dead and/or hazardous trees occur in the C&O Canal NHP due to naturally occurring events such as forest succession, storms, high water, floods, insect related mortality, and age related weaknesses. These conditions create dangerous situations that may impact visitors and property. The goal of hazardous tree management is to reduce the threat of falling trees and branches in high-use and medium-use public areas that present an imminent risk to a "target" defined as people or property.
Information Officer Catherine Bragaw