I would like to sell my 20-30 full mature pine trees. Does anyone know of any company that would buy them?
Diana from Ocala, FL
If I were you, I'd post an ad on Craig's List to sell them... But before you do that, make sure you don't get ripped-off by looking at what firewood is going for... Then you'll at least have a $ starting point! ...If it were me, I'd think of asking for about what half the price of cut firewood goes for... If you're selling them for lumber, "board feet" then you'd have to gauge the height & thickness of each tree then get an idea of what they're worth... Bit if you just want to remove the trees, remember, if someone else cuts them down, even if you don't make much money, at least you don't have to hire someone to do it for you!
* LEGAL RELEASE FORM: Even if the person with the chain saw that's cutting the trees down has lots of experience, you still should make them sign some form of legal disclaimer, so they won't bring any lawsuits against you if they get hurt on your land cutting down your trees. You never know these days...
* LOCAL LAWS: In our area, you can't cut down a tree unless you get it approved. It's about water & air quality etc. Each town & county has it's own laws... & if you're going to break them, you'd at least better know what they are. In our area, if you need a tree cut down to make room for remodeling or a home addition, then they will approve it, but if the tree is of a large one & it's for no reason, then sometimes it's hard to get approval. Some tree-cutters will cut them anyway, but most will not break the law. We were surprised when we found out after we cut down 2 big trees before my mother sold her house that it was actually illegal! ...In fact, I just heard on the radio last night that in Seattle right now, they have a bill before the city council that they are trying to pass, that says that no one in the city can cut down any tree unless it's in the way of a remodel project or the roots are interfering with the septic system or something important like that. Many people are very upset because they fee like they can't do what they want with their own land!
Forget the firewood idea. Hardwood trees are used for firewood (oak, hickory, etc.) Softwood trees like pine are not used in fireplaces as they rapidly cause creosote buildup in chimney flues which lead to fires.
Your best bet would be to look in your local phone book under 'tree removal', 'timber', 'lumber', etc. Depending on the size, health, quality and quantity of the trees, someone may be willing to cut them for sale to a lumber mill or paper mill. Better quality trees could be used for lumber, lesser quality for paper or wood chips for the paper mill's boiler if they also make power onsite.
Thirty trees is not a large amount for these people, so for the labor involved you would probably be lucky to get them to cut them and haul them off at a break-even deal. They usually just want the trunks, not the limbs, so you may have to deal with their removal as well.
You did not say if this was just wooded land or your yard, but in either case find out what their clean up plans are, as some can leave you with quite a mess after they're gone.
I hope this helps, I am not in the tree business but am speaking from my experiences living in the "Pine Belt" (South Carolina)!
I would get on the phone and call your local seller of livestock feeds, and ask who does tree harvesting of about 30 trees. They serve many landowners and they would know or know who knows, get it? Good luck, you must be in some need or wouldn't seriously consider sale. My girlfriend was broke but didn't sell her cedars because she knew they would not be back in her lifetime. Pines in Ocala Florida would probably jump up again if you replanted soon enough.
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