Tree Removal in Exchange for Wood

I have around 30 pine trees in my yard, close to my house. I would like them all gone. Are there companies who would do this in exchange for wood?


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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

Put an ad in Craigslist or Freecycle.

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April 4, 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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April 5, 20170 found this helpful

There may be some. You have to post flyers on your local Craigslist and ask, word of mouth or Facebook to see if there are any takers.

Good luck!

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April 5, 20170 found this helpful

We barter ours. I advertise locally on our facebook swap. My ad usually states that I have some trees on the ground, or trees to cut and the person who comes and cuts them gets the wood for free. All I ask for in return is that they keep the pasture gates closed, don't drive across the hay field and leave me about 1/3 of a cord as we burn wood during the winter.


As a result, I usually have about 1 person a month who comes and cuts wood. My husband has not had to cut wood in years and we have not had to buy any.
We farm and have numerous hedge rows that always need thinning out, and tornadoes or spring storms seem to take a few trees out of our woods each year.
This works well for us.

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