This Fall I was hiking trails around El Dorado Lake and ran into a prominent stand of Paw Paw trees. They were impressive to me right off. They harbored very straight limbs and bared lots of fruit. I really wanted to harvest one or two limbs or future sticks but hesitated only because I was on government land. I did not want to be caught with destroying state property. The Park Ranger in this area is 6'8 and 340 lbs! Needless to say no one challenges him.
Instead of harvesting from living limbs, you could return to the area after storms or high winds and see what Mother Nature gives you! Sometimes the park service also has days when they trim, usually fall from what I’ve seen, and I’ve found trees and branches but which perfect straight sections I could take.
In these parts paw paw trees are quite hardy and insect resistant. I think it would take a tornado to fell one and then It would probably be miles away. I've taken that trail often and not seen a limb on the ground but who knows, maybe one
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