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Does anyone know what kinds of wood would be safe... non-toxic to the GF... if left immersed in pond water?

Is Eastern Pine, red oak, white oak, elm, etc. safe.

I know allof the treated wood products are no-no's, as is plywood or flake board because of the formaldehyde content in the glue.

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Oliver

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I have never had wood in the ponds, really, so I can't help you there. I was wondering however, if you could just look around in natural lakes and see what woods poke out of the water. Not that I'd recommend using one of those, since they could be invested with parasites and such, but at least it would give you an idea which ones work fine with water. Aquatic turtles sit on emerged wood and tree trunks all the time.

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I, too, am very curious about this, but I haven't found anything written on it. Here are some thoughts, though not answers.

If you could come up with large pieces of old driftwood, and if you knew somebody with a band saw, they may be able to cut them up into boards.

My thought is that pine woods would probably be bad with all the resins. I believe they make turpentine from pine resin.

Of course, people and birds are not fish, but these lists may help narrow your research:

This list has trees toxic to humans, and lists the part of concern (leaves, bark, wood): http://old.mendelu.cz/~horacek/toxic.htm

Woods safe and toxic to birds are listed here: http://www.birdsafe.com/woods.htm

I have been wondering about hard maple myself.

Also, I am thinking of bamboo. I have kept live bamboo in the aquarium and the pond. One of my ideas is to drill the bamboo, and lash it together to make a little table to set plants on.

If you ever do find any information, let us know.

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I, too, am very curious about this, but I haven't found anything written on it. Here are some thoughts, though not answers.

If you could come up with large pieces of old driftwood, and if you knew somebody with a band saw, they may be able to cut them up into boards.

My thought is that pine woods would probably be bad with all the resins. I believe they make turpentine from pine resin.

Of course, people and birds are not fish, but these lists may help narrow your research:

This list has trees toxic to humans, and lists the part of concern (leaves, bark, wood): http://old.mendelu.cz/~horacek/toxic.htm

Woods safe and toxic to birds are listed here: http://www.birdsafe.com/woods.htm

I have been wondering about hard maple myself.

Also, I am thinking of bamboo. I have kept live bamboo in the aquarium and the pond. One of my ideas is to drill the bamboo, and lash it together to make a little table to set plants on.

If you ever do find any information, let us know.

I ended up calling the Pennsylvania Enviromental Agency, who sent me on to the fisheries section of the fish and boating dept.

They said I could use any untreated wood, although cedar might last the longest. They had no objection to pine and, when you think of it, many pine trees are felled by beaver or other causes and end up in the water with no adverse affects to fish or fowl. Fir and spruce were OK, but hemlock was a no-no.

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