Selling Trees for Lumber?

I have a large number of both pulp and trek trees that are over 30 years old on many acres of land. I want to know how to find a company who is interested in them for lumber.


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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

Most people want to be paid for cutting trees, as it is hard work. You could try putting an ad on Craigslist offering the trees for free in exchange for cutting them down.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

See if you have a barter site in your town and if you can barter something for the other person to remove the trees.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

I don't know anything about this place (the link) as I only googled your question, and this link was one of several that came up, and it seems there are people out there that might be interested in your trees, but..who knows what the conditions are or what not until you talk with them.


Just a reminder, make sure whomever you have cut down anything, that they're insured inside out.

We had to have a very tall palm tree cut down, I was afraid it was going to snap and fall on the house, as it had the oddest bend in the middle, and we've had some bad winds here which made me very nervous about that palm, and having several estimates from different companies, the costs sure varied from one company to another.

But on a job such as tree cutting where someone could get hurt or even worse, insurance (that they carry) came first, as I'd called our insurance co too, and our home insurance, even our extended insurance does not cover anything that's not "under the roof" - meaning anything "outside" was on us.

So the company that takes the trees down, make sure they're covered head to toe for your sake.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

This is great resource to look at:

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

In some states, they have laws about cutting down and selling trees. You will need to check with your local government to find out if it's possible that you can actually cut down these trees and sell them.


There are a few lumber companies that live in areas that will actually come and cut down trees for lumber. However, this is very expensive and the company doesn't want to pay you for the trees. They might expect you to pay them.

You can try to barter with the company and find out if it's possible that they cut down the trees and haul them away for free if you give them the lumber

I would look online for lumber companies in your area that are close to your home. You can try making a few phone calls to these companies to find out if they will cut down and haul away the trees for free. In order to do this, you will need to find out how many trees you actually have, how tall the trees are, and how many acres of trees there are to cut.

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

Tree cutting can be one of the most stressful things people go through in their life so be sure you know all of the ins and outs before you ever let someone on your property.


  • Having trees cut down is a very expensive job and as a general rule, the owner will have to pay for removal instead of being paid.
  • There are so many variables that we do not know and all of these can have an effect on whether you can sell your trees.
  • 1). Where do you live? States differ in their laws and companies have to abide by the laws.
  • 2). Are there any lumber mills or log cutting companies in your area? The closer they are to your property the better. You can Google lumber mills with your zip and get locations and people to call to get an estimate. Do not contact small unlicensed people as this can lead to many problems.
  • 3). You state "large number" but generally a lumber company requires a certain number of trees (sizes and kinds of trees) before they will even discuss giving an appraisal for removing trees.
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  • 4). You say "over many acres of land" but do not say if any are near buildings. Trees located near buildings always cost more to remove because of the danger of damaging the building.
  • 5). Homeowners insurance polices will not generally cover any liability for injury or damage so you have to deal with only well insured, licensed companies.
  • 6). Be sure you know who you are talking to before you give an address and do not let them on the property unless you are present. This is especially true if this is vacant land as there have been many horror stories of trees removed without the owners consent.
  • This question is frequently asked on ThriftyFun so reading some of previous answers may help you make a plan.
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  • You can always check for companies in your area that handle large quantities of trees with Google cash for trees:
  • Narrow the search with adding your zip code.
  • Having trees removed is only part of the job so be sure you have it specified about cleaning up/removal of all debris or you will have one big mess that will cost thousands to have removed.
  • Then you have the stumps to think about.. Removal is very expensive.
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