I like bark, so I'm leaning to not stripping it. Natural sticks is what I have in mind.
I do have old deadwood elm, that has naturally lost its bark. Those are the ones the wife keeps pointing at and saying "make a stick of that for me!" She is half Lakota, and the elm are native, so maybe the wood sings to her. There are almost straight bits of it, with just a slight curve, I 'll try to make her happy.
Of course, she hasn't seen Sakakwea Silver Buffaloberry, or Oahe Hackberry, (Neither have I), but I know where to go at least see if they will make good sticks. I have seen ( and eaten) Buffaloberry, but I wasn't paying attention to the wood, just the berries. They are tall, dense shrubs, 10 feet tall at the highest. The Hackberry is a mystery as of yet, but two arboretums have examples of them.
I forgot to mention earlier in my stick hunting post, I also have a lower branch of Juniper, about 6 feet long, nearly uniform 1 1/2" diameter. It is still amazingly flexible, even though I pruned it just last summer. I've wanted to make some Gin of the berries, but don't know how to ferment them, and don't have the equipment to distill from the fermentation. Of all the Spirits, Gin is my favorite. It doesn't kick my head the next morning.