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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Impacts of Lightning on Trees: Power, Force, & Injury


    Understanding lightning conduction systems and tree protection is one component of professional tree health care.  Lightning generation, attachment, and grounding knowledge is important to appreciate in order to install a tree lightning conduction system.  Knowing how lightning injures a tree helps promote reasons for protecting a tree.  This talk will review new information on lightning interactions with trees, including dispelling myths.  How lightning disrupts and damages trees will be presented.

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    Dr. Kim D. Coder is Professor of Tree Biology and Health Care at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA. He has degrees from Iowa State University in forestry, tree biology, and forest ecology. Dr. Coder was elected world President of the International Society of Arboriculture by fellow professionals. In the last 15 years, he has received three of ISA's world-wide, peer selected awards (Shigo, Harris, & Achievement awards). He won the highest international award given by the Arbor Day Foundation - the J. Sterling Morton award. Dr. Coder is author of over 500 technical publications and articles. He is an international lecturer and consultant to private citizens, corporations, attorneys, and communities on tree health care, tree anatomy, abiotic tree stress, lightning & tree protection, risk management, tree physiology, biomechanics, and community forest ecology.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

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