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  • Swhitt442 commented on Boreal House's instructable Harvesting Birch Bark3 weeks ago
    Harvesting Birch Bark

    The reason I came across this post, my granddaughter (8 years old) came to visit this weekend . She and I are always doing some project when she visits. She was all excited about harvesting birch bark, telling how she had learned of making things with it and it didn't harm the trees. When I tried to explain that it did harm the trees. She argued that "teacher said it and that made it so." She wouldn't take my word for it, so I had to look it up and prove it to her. A quick look at wikipedia and a few other sites, she was covinced. While looking I saw this post. Just because instructibles says it, does not make it so. The simple truth is, harvesting bark from healthy, live trees, harms the tree. Bark is the trees protective layer against insects and disease. If you i...see more » The reason I came across this post, my granddaughter (8 years old) came to visit this weekend . She and I are always doing some project when she visits. She was all excited about harvesting birch bark, telling how she had learned of making things with it and it didn't harm the trees. When I tried to explain that it did harm the trees. She argued that "teacher said it and that made it so." She wouldn't take my word for it, so I had to look it up and prove it to her. A quick look at wikipedia and a few other sites, she was covinced. While looking I saw this post. Just because instructibles says it, does not make it so. The simple truth is, harvesting bark from healthy, live trees, harms the tree. Bark is the trees protective layer against insects and disease. If you investigate the subject at all, you will easily discover this to be the case. However if you have a forest of any size, there are always damaged, dieing or dead trees. So there should be no reason to damage a healthy tree. I have stockpiles of different types of lumber for my woodshop that I have taken from my forest. I have never taken a healthy tree. I also heat my woodshop and studio with wood taken the same way. Not only do I benefit with being warm while I'm building furniture. I keep the forest clear of fallen trees and widow makers.

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