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19423RE: [Hammock Camping] Re: HH tree huggers & tree damage--correct links

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  • David Fox
    Sep 8 2:55 PM
      Thanks for some very interesting information! I had never heard of emergency
      grafting of a branch to the damaged area to reestablish the phloem area. I
      have been observing a tree at my house where a large part of the bark was
      rubbed off by a riding mower. It was down to the bare wood, and was a size
      larger than an adult hand. The diameter was about 12". Within a year the
      bark had reestablished itself across the entire wound area. I feel fortunate
      that it survived the assault from the mower. Still, I feel that anything
      done be a strap that doesn't even rub the bark off entirely is probably
      easily survivable by the tree. If someone is still concerned about the strap
      being too narrow, there are plenty of sources to buy larger width strapping

      -----Original Message-----
      From: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Arye P. R.
      Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 3:31 PM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: HH tree huggers & tree damage--correct

      here is something Prepared by: Erv Evans, Consumer Horticulturist, NC State
      University on damage to trees and what to do.


      and something else from New Mexico State University College of Agriculture
      and Home Economics


      Sapere Aude,

      Arye P. Rubenstein

      Imagination is more important than knowledge...
      It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education... Albert Einstein

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: David Fox <amendment2@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, September 8, 2008 3:07:14 PM
      Subject: RE: [Hammock Camping] Re: HH tree huggers & tree damage--correct

      I think that bark is a corky substance which can handle a lot of abuse
      because it is made to by nature. In a real forest trees get old and fall
      against other trees without killing the tree they fell against. In the
      northwestern United States I have seen pines with scorching 20 feet high on
      the bark and the trees are still alive. It is a common thing to scrape bark
      down to get a smooth flat surface on which to mark a blaze on the national
      trails. Bears claw bark, deer and elk rub their antlers on it. To me the
      issue isn¬Ęt whether the bark gets a mark on it. The issue is if the xylem
      and phloem ( the thin band of actual live tissue on the tree trunk where sap
      moves up and down) are disturbed. And further, for how long they can be
      disturbed, and whether that is permanent. A tree grows out each year by
      adding new cells in a shape roughly like an upside down ice cream cone to
      the existing tree. IF the living band is damaged, do the new cells grow over
      area next year? Trees can grow completely over a barbed wire wrapped around
      it and live on. So to me, what does the hammock do to the inner living part
      of the tree is the real issue. That seems like a function of the thickness
      of the bark then.

      From: hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:hammockcamping@ yahoogroups.
      com] On Behalf Of Cara Lin Bridgman
      Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 10:06 AM
      To: hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: HH tree huggers & tree damage--correct

      Hi Graytatanka,

      That's rather what I was thinking--that I needed both wider and longer

      I guess I can look at this past trip as a well-documented case that
      hammocks, even with tree huggers, can damage trees. It's good to know.

      Before I left that camp, I took pictures of the footprints left by my
      hammock (marks on trees, but not much visible trampling of ground) and
      my husband's tent (flattened grass). I know from a previous trip, that
      it can take >4 days before flattend grass will perk back up--depends on
      the grass, sunlight, rainfall, etc. Unfortunately, the trees will hold
      the hammock scars for the rest of their lives--which are already much
      longer than mine. My marks are now added to the machete slices and huge
      scars (4-6 feet long, covering as much as half the circumfrence of the
      tree) where Taiwan's aborigines removed the bark to roof temporary


      gene fields wrote:
      > I got away from tree huggers years ago. I use re-cycled seat belts.
      > I retrieved seat belts from old wrecks in the junkyard, have a 4" loop
      sewn into each end I cut out of the car and one loop thru the other and with
      the buckle as the adjuster, I canhang from up to 30" diameter trees or as
      small as 6". Attach the hammock to a carabiner and then it to the protruding
      loop. Never saw damage to a tree in 15 years.
      > Greytatanka

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