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Stump marks

It is imperative that the stumps be marked on a hardwood timber sale to determine that only the marked trees were cut. This is an example of a solid stump mark: In the crotch of a buttress and into the duff or humus (leaves and other debris atop the mineral soils).  Stump marks must be applied when the lower bole (or main stem/trunk) is clear and free from snow and ice and not wet from heavy rains so it remains from the time the timber is marked until it is cut, which can be up to several seasons, depending on the specifics of the contract or market. Only specially formulated tree paint need be used. Regular aerosol paint only lasts a few months in these conditions.