Culturally Modified Trees (1998) - Page 1

Culturally Modified Trees is another way to refer to Haida forest utilization. The few remaining sites are evidence of Haida technology as well as revealing the extent of the impacts of the great plagues.

Generally CMTs are found in clusters called forest utilization, or CMTs sites.
These sites are protected under Haida and Canadian laws and procedures.

Most sites weren't abandoned!

Massett boat builders Geoff White & Alf. Davidson stated that trees were not test holed. The suitability of a tree was fully known before any cuts were made.
What is often called a test hole is actually the first cut.

Creeks were kept cleared of fallen logs so that CMT logs could more easily be removed to the salt water.

Reduced light and constant humidity of old growth create ideal growing conditions.