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Imperfect Trees Tease Inquisitive Minds

[ Arkansas ] To the casual eye, these bent and often lumpy trees look like growth gone haywire. Trail tree enthusiasts see them as historic landmarks to be preserved, documented and studied. Their theory is that American Indians bent hardwood saplings over a forked stick, chopped off the end and pointed it as a directional marker toward water, shelter or food. Indian trail trees, also called signal trees, language trees and thong trees, are all over the Ozarks. They’ve been documented on public and private land from Michigan to Florida .

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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