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May 20, 2019

This Is One Awesome Tree House


Tree houses also known as tree forts, are platforms or buildings constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. Tree houses can be used for many things and some of them are: recreation, work space, habitation, observation or as temporary retreats.

Tree houses are built usually by people for leisure purposes, also for protection from wild animals. In some parts of the tropics, houses are either fastened to trees or elevated on stilts to keep the living quarters above the ground to protect occupants and stored food from scavenging animals.

The Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya, live in tree houses, some nearly 40 m high, as protection against a tribe of neighboring head-hunters, the Citak.


Along with subterranean and ground level houses, tree houses are an option for building eco-friendly houses in remote forest areas, the reason why they are eco-friendly is because they do not require a clearing of a certain area of forest. The wildlife, climate and illumination on ground level in areas of dense close-canopy forest are not desirable to some people.

The tree house has been central to various environmental protest communities around the world, in a technique known as tree sitting. This method may be used in protests against proposed road building or old growth forestry operations. Tree houses are used as a method of defense from which it is difficult and costly to safely evict the protesters and begin work.

Julia Butterfly Hill is a particularly well known tree sitter who occupied a Californian Redwood for 738 days, saving the tree and others in the immediate area. Her accommodation consisted of two 3 m2  platforms 60 m above the ground.

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