So I was out on a day hike last week and as I was coming out I came across a metropark worker. We started talking and I mentioned that I was a hammock backpacker. She was dumbfounded and had never heard of this option. About that time her "boss" came along and she told him about the hammocking. The first thing he says after saying he hadn't heard of such a thing was " how does that affect the trees? ". I explained that we use webbing and that distributes the forces lessening the chance of damage to the tree. Keep in mind the reason they were there was to do some cutting/thinning to make a play area and doing way more damage than any hammock ever did. My 1-2 nights of hanging is not going to do anything to the trees. Another hanger would have to come along immediately and put their straps in the same location over and over to do any harm to a tree. Ever notice the ground after tent camping for a few days? That damage to the vegetation rebounds and so will any slight bark ruboff. We just have to be good stewards and make sure rangers get the proper education whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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I'm writing this before reading the whole thread, so it might have already been said.
Why not put strips of CCF between the tree and tree huggers?
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Warm Soda Your best source for information about tree bark would be John Zasada, Grand Rapids, MN. He is scheduled to give a class on Sustainable Harvest of Tree Bark at North House Folk School in Grand Marais,MN on June sixth.