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Finding Someone to Cut Trees for the Lumber

Do you know of anyone that cuts trees for the wood in south Louisiana?


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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Many people want to have trees removed from their property. Often someone tells them that tree removal services will pay them to remove trees from their property. Unfortunately, they face many problems:

*Tree removal companies are not interested in paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers are very high.

*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the land owner pays the company, however, the land owner might then find that the company sells the trees to lumber companies. The tree company then has the tree removal payment and the lumber sale payment, as well.


*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as tree removal is a dangerous job and companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property. The property owner may face injury and damage costs, and legal problems, as well. Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the property owner does not need coverage for the property and possible injuries etc.

*Depending on the area or state of the property, the owner may face permit requirements, historic, cultural and other limitations in removing trees from a property.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a tree removal service by putting an ad on Craigslist, etc., but you still face all the issues above with no guarantees.


*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract. You should discuss your plans with an attorney familiar with land use and then make an informed decision.

A caveat here-be careful not to provide the property address or even the general location of the trees to any company or person you might find from Craigslist, etc., before signing a contract. You may find that someone has removed the trees from your property without your knowledge.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

Cutting trees is very labor intensive and most people want to be paid. You could put an ad on Freecycle or Craigslist and see if you get any takers.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

I know there is technical issues with offering free wood if a person wants to come and cut your tree. However, I am sure there is a need for firewood in your area. I would suggest posting on Craig's List or even posting an ad in your local supermarkets. Normally they have a bulletin board you can post a 3x5 card on.

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August 11, 20170 found this helpful

You can post a listing on craigslist asking if anyone would like to cut your trees for the lumber.

Or, long shot check the wanted to see if anyone wants lumber.

Good luck!

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

See if there are any logging/forestry companies local to you. Google lumber mills logging companies with your zip code for names to contact.


Tree removal is a costly job and companies usually require the land owner to have a large number of sizable trees before they will even take a look at the property and if they look at your trees they may only offer to cut them for free (no payment to you) or give you a price they would charge to cut the trees.
If you have sufficient trees for a tree company to buy (or cut for free or you pay for them to cut) be sure your contract has specific wording as to what type of cutting, clean up, stump removal they will do.
Most people do not know there is Forestry Service that will help with answering question about tree removal. Although service foresters cant oversee timber sales for you, they can provide you with a list of timber buyers in your area, sample contracts for timber sales, and information on government-run cost-share programs for replanting. Google forestry service agency with your zip code. Here is a link that has a lot of information about selling trees. It is a long read but very useful.

http://www.grit … w-to-sell-timber

A lot of people need firewood or there may be someone in your area that can have the wood cut into usable planks. Craigslist or Freecycle have places to post ads like this but remember to ask about whether they will do any cleanup as that is usually a big part of having trees cut.

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August 12, 20170 found this helpful

I found ,my guy on Craig's list. Good work and good prices

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