Barking up the Right Tree

The birch has got to be one of the most beautiful trees to grow in a forest. Its bark flashes amongst so many dull-grey trunks.
These guys I met from Longview Forest Consulting were stripping the covering of the birch in order to sell to rustic furniture makers. The whole process felt ritualistic, almost like the hunting and then skinning of a whale.
Most people ask, “But what happens to the tree?” The answer is the tree eventually would die from this wound, but this process is only done in forests that are about to be harvested. The trees would eventually be stripped of their bark in the lumber mill, but this bark would be wasted. This procedure is truly a win/win.

Posted July 14th, 2008 in Uncategorized.

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