[GeoStL] Re: Caches screwed into trees?

  • From: Craig <seaeye@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:31:15 -0600 (CST)

As a student of horticulture and landscape design Bernie is 150% 
right leave the trees that are living alone. Any bark intrusion 
can open the tree up to infection, infestation and possible death. 
The bark of the tree serves the same purpose as the skin on your 
body. I have to disagree with what the rangers have said to Bob. I 
can see there was smoke being blown in several of their 
statements, probably so they didn't look uninformed. SO beating 
nails into, screwing screws into, no matter how small or how 
stainless or what season it is, or even banding around living 
trees goes directly against the Geocaching rules of leave no 
tracks or traces and will directly affect the health of a 
perfectly healthy tree. So I agree with Bernie, LEAVE THE LIVING 

On Tue Jan 03 10:58:58 CST 2012, Bernie Ver Hey 
<Happykraut@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> To make a real long story short. Leave the trees alone. Who can 
> remember all
> this and who would even pay attention to it.  Bernie
>  From: geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:geocaching-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bob 
> TheCacher
> Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 10:33 AM
> To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [GeoStL] Re: Caches screwed into trees?
>  Ok, here's the whole story that was given to me by a couple of 
> Rangers:  It
> all depends on the type of tree and the time of year that a 
> nail/screw is
> put into a tree.  Ash trees are the most resilient and can take a 
> lot of
> foreign objects in them.  Next is the pine/evergreen variety 
> which is second
> in line and can tolerate a lot also.  Then Oaks are pretty good 
> at taking
> the "spike".  I don't remember what was after that except that 
> the least
> tolerant was the Dogwood. But who would use a Dogwood anyway.  
> The second
> issue is the time of year.  When the sap is running more quickly, 
> as in the
> summer, the tree can plug itself up quickly and protect itself.  
> During the
> winter months is the worst as the sap doesn't flow fast and takes 
> more time
> to seal. Leaving it prone to infection longer.
> One more variable the park rangers told me was the thickness of 
> the bark.
> The thicker the bark the better.  I suppose this may go back to 
> the type of
> tree being 'nailed' and the ability to seal up.   So pick a thick 
> bark tree
> in the summer and use a nail/screw that won't rust (another 
> variable).
> Bob
>   _____  Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:36:01 -0800
> From: jennyann1975@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [GeoStL] Re: Caches screwed into trees?
> To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Yeah I agree. I work for a company that supplies products for 
> lawn care
> companies and yes it only takes one nail hole to leave the tree 
> open to
> infection.
> I love bird houses caches but there are ways to secure the bird 
> house
> without nailing into the tree or drilling a hole. I cringe every 
> time I come
> across one nailed to a tree.
> Yeah I know we all grew up with tree houses etc with the trees 
> surviving
> nails etc, but times are changing and tree diseases are more 
> prevalent today
> then they were twenty years ago. Jenny
> thesapafamily
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