Techniques For Tree Safety
By Chris Pagan
How long can
this tree survive
is what happens to trees when they are used as winch points without
the proper equipment.
There is nothing wrong with using the trees if it is done
NEVER, EVER use a tree as a winch point without using a tree
strap around the tree.
NEVER, EVER put a cable around a tree!
Winching Techniques for Tree Safety
Michael Hardig also reminds us of the reason we use tree straps.
Without a strap, the winch cable would wrap around the tree without
protection, causing a cut in the bark. "If the damage entirely
encircles the bole [trunk] of the tree (this is called
"girdling") the tree is doomed, irrespective of any efforts
to seal the wound. A tree that has been girdled can no longer
replenish its root cells with sugars produced in the leaves. The roots
starve to death, and the tree will quickly succumb."
are many ways to use a tree strap safely; all winching situations are
different. Follow these
examples and please use your head - for the safety of our members,
guests, children and for our trees.