Widowmaker

Watch out! This right here is no joke. A “widowmaker” is any freely hanging branch, limb or tree, that can fall on you. Trees store a ton of water and even a little 6″ limb can weigh hundreds of pounds. Widowmaker accidents make up 10% of deaths related to logging in the US.

MR 697

The tree in the picture once had a forked top and the another stem was laying on the ground to the left. This is why foresters like to mark forked top trees in selection logging, as they are very vulnerable to wind-throw and rot. And as shown here, somewhat dramatically, they can cause havoc for neighboring trees and obviously cause a safety threat. Not sure of the trusty old hardhat will help when that thing goes…

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One comment

  1. We used to call a forked tree a “schoolmarm” tree, because they looked like what a schoolmarm would look like upside-down. Old-time loggers used to have a language all of their own. Somebody should write it all down. Sadly the book would have to be “X” rated.

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