Selling Trees for Lumber

I have cedar trees on my property in Tennessee. Who would I contact about selling them for timber?


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October 17, 20170 found this helpful
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You can contact companies that use cedar trees and see if they would like to negotiate anything with you. You also have to factor in the labor for them to cut down the trees and haul. Do you have any neighbors or family/friends whom sold trees like yours also? Ask discussion on Facebook and see if you have any feedback in your local area.

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October 13, 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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October 15, 20170 found this helpful

You do not say how many trees or the age/size of trees and that is a determining factor in selling trees.


  • Cedar trees may be more valuable than some timber but a sale would still require a large number of trees.
  • Be sure to read DCA's post as it has valuable information concerning selling trees.
  • You will be better off to read a lot about selling lumber in Tennessee before you contact someone on Craigslist or any other local company.
  • Here are a couple of very good resources about selling trees in Tennessee>
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October 16, 20170 found this helpful

Selling wood.

Step 1
Consult with a professional forester.

Step 2
They can guide you through the selling process.

Step 3
I do not know the size or quantity your trying to sell.

Step 4
If it is a small amount just list on kijjijji or your local paper.

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