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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-08-2009, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Dollface View Post
Haha, no you don't, more often than not they look like this!
They look like the trees you find in haunted forests! I love it. Sorry about derailing the thread! I'll stop now.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-08-2009, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Church View Post
I just hope that all the people who sell it are being responsible, and either collecting it from dead shrubs in the wild, or planting it specifically for harvesting and selling.

To think that people might be just going around chopping down all these various size trees, just for a swap n shop thread, that would be sad. So yeah, hopefully, there's just plenty of dead and dying branches out there in the wild.

That being said, NOTHING that I've seen has the kinds of twists, zigs, and zags that manzy branches have. Definitely not oak. So I don't fully understand what the OP is talking about.
No, not really, most people actually consider manzanita a weed/pest plant. My dad routinely had to clear trees from our property and burn them to make room for trees like pine and cedar, only for the field he cleared to be full of young manzanita trees again just a year or two later.

People don't seem to realize how prevalent manzanita really is. I've said before, there's probably enough manzanita on our 24 acre property to supply the entire aquarium trade for more than a year, and I'm not kidding.

Trust me, it's no tragedy if somebody cuts down a tree or two

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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-08-2009, 10:48 PM
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Trust me, it's no tragedy if somebody cuts down a tree or two
As long as they're your own trees lol. Don't go cutting them on your neighbor's land without permission, or on public land...It's illegal even to remove the dead branches on public land without a permit. Technically the dirt on the bottoms of your shoes after a hike through the national forest is stolen property once you leave the forest! So...City Park isn't really a viable option. =)

It is beautiful wood, and some of us are lucky to have an overabundance of it in our backyards. It's like mesquite trees in Texas...I love to use mesquite for grilling and smoking meat, but buying it costs an arm and a leg in most places. Then you go to Texas, and the cattle ranches will PAY you to cut it down!
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