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Lopez Island, WA 98261
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The heartwood rot in the Douglas fir probably started as a mechanical wound when the tree was much younger. Heavy machinery may have bumped it when the driveway was installed. From the outside, the tree had a subtle vertical indentation running 20 feet up the trunk. A small amount of pitch and black ooze were the only signs of internal decay. The tree had been unable to compartmentalize all the rot, and it had moved towards the center of the tree as well as in an upward column. A good reminder that protecting trees during construction helps preserve them for the future.

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Banner photo courtesy of Eugene Beckes