While hiking Monday I came across this damage to a hemlock tree. I did not know what caused this so asked a forester friend on Facebook, Kate Marquis, if she knew and it turns out that these are property line markings…blazes. We see blazes most often as painted shapes leading us on a trail, but sometimes the trees will actually receive cuts as permanent markings. Over the years they heal and look like this when on a hemlock (Tsuga sp). Sometimes there might be paint within the cut but in this case not or it has just worn away over the years…a reason for a cut rather than just paint.
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