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It may be romantic, but carving L-O-V-E actually spells O-U-C-H for a living tree!
February 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever carved your initials in a tree? It may be romantic, but carving L-O-V-E actually spells O-U-C-H for a living tree 🌳
Beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are beautiful… They stand tall, support a wide range of species as a food and shelter tree, they are long lived and, their trunks have a smooth bark that really makes them stand out… Sadly, this smooth bark also makes them targets for tree carvings. Like a cut in your own skin, tree carving creates a gateway for pathogens!
Your carving lasts forever because trees don’t have the ability to heal. By carving out their bark, you remove the phloem and cambium, stunting their nutrient uptake ability and growth ability as well as exposing the tree to pathogens.
If you carve into the wood, you’re damaging the live tissue called sapwood, where it stores sugars, creates its biological deterrents (like antibiotics) and moves nutrients and water.
So this Valentine’s Day, save our trees! 💚