Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Bob Crane
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Look like boundary trees to me.

Sometimes we put these along the whole boundary, sometimes just the witness trees near the corner stake.  Witness trees will generally have the blazed bark along with a plate, or nail with a medallion on them.

Jan 23, 2023 04:51 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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Its a rough neighborhood when you see graffiti like that, definitely a turf war through tagging. 🤡

Jan 23, 2023 06:54 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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In my area, orange paint on trees/fences/etc means "no hunting on this land" - maybe it's something similar?

Jan 23, 2023 02:21 PM
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You have some interesting responses.  Kat Palmiotti may have nailed it. 

 

Jan 23, 2023 02:55 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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In some states it's a warning to potential trespassers, known as the "purple paint statute".

Missouri: https://www.farmprogress.com/farm-life/what-does-purple-paint-on-a-tree-mean-

Pennsylvania: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Law/Pages/Purple-Paint-Law.aspx

Jan 23, 2023 02:44 PM
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate - this may help:
"https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/maintaining-forest-property-boundaries#:~:text=Marking%20Property%20Lines,the%20property%20line.

Land surveyors routinely “brush” or clear property lines during a boundary survey. Typically, a swath is cleared with a machete or chainsaw to allow for clear sight lines between survey points or stations. During the “brushing” of property lines, trees directly on the interior are often given one to three slash marks on the bark with a chainsaw. These marks are easy to locate once one knows what to look for. The combination of brushing and slash marks allows landowners to follow up the surveyor and paint or post the property line. Figure 2. Evidence of survey marks or hacks on line trees made with a machete or axe. Freshening or reopening them keeps them visible for years. Source: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/maintaining-forest-property-boundaries

Jan 23, 2023 04:51 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Dear  ActiveRain Member Support  

  I accidentally posted this twice! 

    Is there a way to merge the answers onto one of the questions, and delete the other?   Thank you.

Jan 23, 2023 02:52 PM
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Susan Emo
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Could be possible trail markings

Jan 23, 2023 02:27 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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In my neck of the "WOODS" they do this to diseased trees to be cut down Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate .

Jan 23, 2023 02:22 PM
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probably ask a local.  We have paint on trees in my area.  It's yellow and it's along the lease strips of land.  One mark around the tree it's YOUR tree, two rings and it's THEIR tree.

Jan 24, 2023 07:12 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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If you go back hundreds of years (or more), these marking types established land boundaries quite well. However, if you cut a tree down, move a boulder and re-dig a valley, those boundaries can change. This mark means something but what?

Jan 24, 2023 06:55 AM
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Carla Freund
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Interesting post Fred. I don't wander into the forest much so I don't see these. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 24, 2023 05:57 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Looks like someone is confused as to which tree is to be taken down.

Jan 24, 2023 05:52 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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And now I know more than I did before. Great question to which I have never given thought being a city guy. Thanks and thanks to those who answered.

Jan 24, 2023 04:22 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Blazed lines kept freshly painted make good neighbors... like fences. Besides triple stumpage or more for timber poaching trespass... you could add a sign.. survivors will be prosecuted. I have seen "I own a gun and a backhoe". That keeps folks away... well off your prime forested woodlot stand.

Jan 24, 2023 03:31 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Very interesting. Looks like you may have gotten an answer, Fred. It would be cool to know the history behind the still that remains on the property. We have back country moonshiner's in our Georgia family history.

Jan 23, 2023 05:28 PM
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Jeff Pearl
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Could be trail markers, surveyor, timber cruise, property line markers by owner, and here we can paint aluminum or purple paint stripes which mean No Trespassing.

Jan 23, 2023 04:53 PM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Fred, in our state marking trees with purple paint means:

Posted:  No trespassing; Keep Out!

Jan 23, 2023 03:43 PM