Selling Old Growth Long-Leaf Pine Trees?

I have just over an acre in southeastern coastal Georgia. The property has been vacant for many years. We are now in the beginning stages of preparing the property to build a home within the next couple of years.

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There are many hardwoods such as poplar, cherry, oak, etc., but there are also at least five very old growth long-leaf pines that must come out. I have spoken with the Georgia Forestry Commission to see if they knew of local mills that may be interested. The problem is, as with everyone else here, there just aren't enough trees to make it cost effective for the timber buyers, the loggers, or the mills. Besides that, they are just too large!

The picture is representational of all the trees. These are the "middle sized ones." Two are larger and at least one is slightly smaller in diameter. These are the only "twins." These two trees will not be removed, but there are at least five others that will be.

We are prepared to pay a certified arborist/tree surgeon to remove them, but I was hoping to find a smaller, local buyer who would be able to use the timber and we would be able to recoup some of the price of removing the trees.

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Most of these trees are or over 4' in diameter and are too large for portable saw mills. They are also very straight (except maybe one). The limb diameters alone are the size of most mature pines on some of these trees.

I don't mind paying (and I know it will be expensive) to have them taken down professionally by an insured tree surgeon, but I just would hate the timber to end up in the dump. Several of these trees are at least 150-200 years old, and the rest must be at least 100.

The heart pine would be a woodworker's dream.

Any suggestions?

By BW

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