The Pine Tree Project

21 Jun 2012 13:35 #54466 by intrepid
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diverian wrote: Not responsible for this one

If it has a little skull and cross bones engraved into the trunk then its diverian's and witchiwoo's handywork :laugh:

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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21 Jun 2012 13:46 #54469 by Sterkhorn
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Yes, there were definite signs of ringbarking, but only about 20 odd cm. It seemed strange to me that since a year ago it had changed so dramatically. There was also a well-worn path through the grass from the main path to the tree suggesting a bit of traffic. Wonder if something else was used besides the ringbarking?

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21 Jun 2012 13:49 #54470 by intrepid
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It also surprises me that such a small bit of ring-barking would produce a change that quickly. I've seen pines survive 20cm fairly happily. It is a small tree though.

Wonder who did it...own up please! :cheer:

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24 Jun 2012 20:29 #54511 by Smurfatefrog
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I guess this has been posted before from last year's hike, but for those of us that weren't around then

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26 Jun 2012 06:47 #54531 by Scag
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Saw some pines in Monks Cowl (not sure if these have been mentioned before):
The circle is an entire forest of pines.

The X is a solitary pine up an unmarked path which leads up from the houses. You will get to a waterfall, and the path continues up some wooden ladders. The offending tree is right next to the path by the ladders.

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13 Aug 2012 06:38 #54930 by diverian
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The pine just upstream from Junction Cave that we partially cut through in October 2011, but that just would not fall, has now "downed" itself.





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13 Aug 2012 06:42 #54931 by Stijn
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The latest situation for the Mhlawazini Pines about 2km downstream from Keith Bush Camp:



Two of the pines were brownish in colour but the others were still bright green. It seems they survived the fire pretty well too...

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13 Aug 2012 06:53 #54932 by diverian
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A large tree in the river on the way to Marble baths, ring barked in April 2011 re-visited this weekend is dying slowly.

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16 Aug 2012 06:27 #54990 by intrepid
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The problem with the Mhlwazini pines might be that they are in a river bed and thus have a good water supply. None of them are as healthy as they used to be, so it should just be a waiting game, failing which we'll have to go and finish them off with an axe.

There are 2 easily-reached pines near KBC that still have to be taken care of, for anyone eager to do so. There is yet another very remote one in a side valley on the KBC side of Amphlette and Turret.

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16 Aug 2012 07:14 - 16 Aug 2012 07:16 #54992 by Serious tribe
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There is one large lone pine in the sleeping beauty valley. Looking up toward the escarpment it is on the left bank about a km from the cave about half way up the ridge between the path and the rock buttress. The far right side of the image is the overhang above the cave. It is in the 2 o clock position from the large rock in the foreground.


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