Recovering from 'The Ice Storm'

Things look much better now that most of the downed branches from trees have been removed.  Most trails are open and the Buffalo did not suffer much at all as most of the ice was at higher locations.  A carefuf observer will find, however, tha most of the trees are 5 -15 ft shorter than they were before the storm hit.  Full recovery will take many years.  If hiking in the artea watch for hanging limbs as many branches were bent down and are dying but still attached to the tree.  These barnches may fall at any time over the next few years so be alert for these 'hanging' hazards.