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    if i live for tommorow there will never be an eventfull day so go on break a leg

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Starman @ Sep. 04 2004,11:04)]So what if it is? better safe then sorry. Ppl said that they are immune from cancer, and they get cancer. Its unlikely, but it happens. Same witht the tree. It is not that high a chance that it will die or lookse vigour, it might happen, and then it will be too late to change anyhting. It will be a waste of a 20-25 year old tree.
    Is a rope cancer? No.

    you're right, better safe than sorry... Keep that rope on there! Don't want to introduce pathogens [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Especially in Alaska... Would probably kill the tree from the cold also (Freeze the sap)

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    i rarely agree with spec but this time i'm backing him up 100%.

    and no one is immune to cancer, whomever thinks they are immune to cancer is stupid.

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    I would be on the " Don't cut the rope " side of this debate . I've seen lots of trees grow like that in many ways , fences , ropes , wire , etc , etc . Theres even this big fat fig tree that's growing between a house and a wooden rack that's part of the house and the tree still looks pretty happy . The tree would just grow over the ropes , cutting it would probaably lead to an infection and kill the tree even more . So in my opinion , not cutting the rope would be more safe that sorry . If the tree looses it's vigor then give it viagra (Superthrive) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Starman @ Sep. 03 2004,4:53)]Youre wrong. Someone tied a rope round a tree in Bosnia when I was 4, buy the time I was 7 the rope completely cut into the trunk and the tree died.
    UI would suggest cutting this rope, better safe then sorry, this rpe will severly damage the tree if you leave it, it will cut into it as the tree grows and the tree will die.
    Ok you were 4 when you saw this. Hhhm well hope your memory was good then and when you turned 7 , were you sure the tree died because a rope cut into it . For all I know , there can be numerous reasons why the tree died : Disease , old age , insects , lightning , got turned into a wooden chair and table ; hey i can go on forever !

    Also , how do you know that the rope will kill the tree ?

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    those of you who say dont cut the rope are all very mistaken. The tree is a LIVING ORGANISM, and should be respected as such. Spec, you are completely wrong. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]


    Heres why. Yes if the rope simply crosses part of the tree (with fences, other trees and such), the intact portion of the tree will speed up the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to compinsate for the loss of vacular tissue. However, if the rope encercles the whole tree, there is now no way for it to get food and nutrients from its roots, and will starve/choke/suffecate.

    Want to know what that would be like? Put a rope around your neck and pull very tightly. Thats what happens to abused puppies that come in to our animal shelter sometimes, the owner is so inattentive that the collar become inbedded in the animals neck as it grows. skin grows around it, but it will sever the blood vessles and choke it eventually. It looks 'healed' on the outside, but its wreking havoc on the inside... the parts you CANT see.
    that makes no logic

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    BUt the problem with that rationale though is that trees aren't nearly as complex as we are. I fyou cut our arm off we won't grow 10 new ones. Just like if you were to put a rope around a baby tree and another one around a baby human the tree would survive while the baby would die. The difference is the tree is NOT getting strangled. Instead of being strangled it is growing around and accomodating the rope which is something an animal can not do. If you want I will show you a pic of a maple tree in my back yard that accomodated and entire metal fence. IN fact it was thriving till I had to cut it down with a chainsaw because it was tearing up the powerlines. Right now their tree is starting to grow around the rope so the bark is probably grown raw around the rope where is in order to grow around it. Therefore if the rope were to be removed it would expose an unprotected part of the tree which could result in the tree getting an infection and dying anyways.

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    OK here is the pic I promised. Keep in mind this tree has been "strangled" by a fence, cut down with a chainsaw, and hacked at with a machete but it is still producing hundreds of offshoots on the section above the fence. Yep this tree sure does look like it is losing it's vigor [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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