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There is a ring around about three quarters of this tree's trunk's circumference, about a foot tall. It looks like it was put there deliberately. What is the purpose of something like this?

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    This looks like ringbarking, a well known way to kill an unwanted tree.
    – Chenmunka
    Dec 26, 2020 at 21:43
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    Possibly from the removal of the bark because of engraved grafitti. Dec 27, 2020 at 1:19
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    It looks to me like there's been a notice of some sort attached to the trunk in that area which had been there quite a while, and has since been removed.
    – Bamboo
    Dec 27, 2020 at 15:23
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    The scratch marks and missing ridges look like someone went to work with a knife or froe, for who knows what reason. At first I thought tree wrap was left on too long, but these seem to be scrape wounds, not compression wounds.
    – InColorado
    Jan 28, 2021 at 19:13

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