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Just one more point: Can you imagine the public outrage if rockclimbing was allowed on our most sacred Mt. Rushmore? It would never happen. Bear lodge ( the preferable Native american name versus the childish "Devil's Tower" label) is a natural masterpiece that far exceeds that grotesque Rushmore or that ridiculous tourist trap Crazy Horse. Sorry about the off topic rant, but I view some special trees as being sacred. The less phyciscal contact the better. There is a a good reason why in a museum they say "don't touch, just look". That's my humble opinion on the topic.
As a general rule of thumb only the founder (or founders) of a tree should divulge the location of that particular tree. They are the true "guardians" of the tree, sort of speak. They should use their own discretion and be responsible for their own leaks. It shouldn't be given out second hand without their prior approval. They can't do it by themselves, we all need to do our part and keep our mouths shut. Its too late now, but this approach would have gone a long way from preventing or minimizing this kind of thing from happening to this tree. Once the knowledge is out it "snowballs" and becomes too late ... the cat is already out of the bag. Lesson learned.Will Blozan wrote:Geez that is an exceedingly disappointing website...
Such superlatives should NOT be publicized, nor such utter crap about 1500 years and AVERAGE 30' circumference. Where did that horrid "fact" come from? UGH!
Since I discovered the tree I have been very careful and reserved in who I take there and give directions to. Apparently either someone in a group violated my and the NPS's best wishes or more likely, someone just searched the Sag Branch drainage and found it.
Either way I do wish all directions were removed. The last time I was there it was evident it had been visited recently. I don't want this tree to be trampled like others on more visited trails. I also have fears about the Fork Ridge Tuliptree being a popular destination for tree "peak baggers".
Oh well, the information age is engulfing us all- trees included.
Sharing a special tree with someone should be regarded as both a privilege and an honor. It's a marvelous gift that shows a high degree of trust that the founders have in you. One shouldn't loose sight of this. I also don't think it's wise to name a tree after its location.