- Tuesday, January 13, 2004
A Management Structure is often referred to as a tree. This is an accurate description for the following reasons:
- It is made almost entirely of wood.
- Parts of it can be dead for years before they drop off.
- If a branch falls off, most of the parasites move back to the main structure.
- It takes years to react to any environmental change.
- A large one can transpire hundreds of gallons of liquid in a day.
- It sometimes carries a great many nuts.
- If not pruned regularly it will not bear much fruit.
- Small pieces which are chopped off often grow again in a few years.
- It can be fired, but usually needs lots of paper to get it going.
- It may provide shelter for those underneath, but also blocks out most of the light.
- From the top one can see for miles in all directions, except vertically downward.
- Anything heavy dropped from the top reaches the bottom quickly; the intervening layers merely delay it slightly.
- Parts of it can be used to make boards (of varying thickness) but unless properly seasoned the quality will be poor.
- It bends easily in light winds but in storms it is rarely flexible enough to avoid damage.
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