AndrewJoslin wrote:As many of you are aware there is some natural tension between forest scientists/tree measurers and rec climbers. Scientists and dedicated tree measurers generally are not happy to have rec climbers mine their tree lists and locations for the opportunity to climb the tallest or most exceptional/incredible trees. I think most of this kind of friction can be avoided/reduced with discussion and consciousness raising. Reality is most rec climbers that I know who actually like to climb in real forest conditions are very sensitive to impact issues.
AndrewJoslin wrote:... I'm happy to assist the ENTS on whatever tree they would like to do manual measuring, if it happens to the "tallest", whatever, so be it. More discussion is needed on this issue, it can get polarized fast but I don't think it needs to be.
pdbrandt wrote:I'm a relatively new (4 months old) rec tree climber and even newer to NTS, but I am happy to say that I haven't ever sensed any animosity between arborists/NTS/and recreational tree climbers. Of course, I'm an isolated climber and only interact with other tree afficionados on forums like this so my experience is limited.
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