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[ft-l] Hiking proposed trail in Ocala (long)

We tried aluminum blazes painted orange in Big Cypress in the early 1980's 
in a small test area.  They are still there.  Whenever there is a fire, you 
can still tell where the trail goes and repaint the strips.  The reason 
that we stopped was because we were nailing them into trees.  The Park 
Service asked us not to and we stopped.  But on posts, this would be 
good.  The hardest part is getting the posts out on the trail.

At 03:10 PM 7/29/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Let me try a better description, these were aluminum strips about 2 1/2"
>long by about 1 1/2 inches high. They were bent into an "L" shape with the
>part sticking out from the tree about 1 1/2 inches and the part against the
>tree at maybe an inch. They were pre-drilled thru the tab against the tree
>and attached with a couple of small nails thru the holes and into the tree.
>The whole thing was coated with an orange reflective plastic coating, some
>sort of stick on, not paint. Some of the markers looked as if they had been
>thru at least one Colorado winter. This was in the Rocky Mountain National
>Park so I suspect there maybe a source out there to buy these premade since
>I doubt the park service has some ranger slaving away making them.
>If you are interested I can check on a source for them.
>----- Original Message -----
> > Bill Summers, out in Green Swamp West, was having trouble with paint
> > off the treated posts SWFWMD provides for blaze posts where they are
> > He has started using metal strips which he cuts out and paints orange at
> > home.  These are then tacked to the treated posts.  They look good and he
> > doesn't have to paint them as frequently.  On maintenance hikes they carry
> > few of these along and replace as needed.
> >
> > I've also seen some large reflective "thumb tack-like" things in hunting
> > magazines.   We may be talking about the same thing.  These might be good
> > for temporary blazing of proposed trails or relos.
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