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Old 12-11-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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I purchased 10 acres near Lake Hawkins, which is about 90 miles east of Dallas, Texas. I got the land for a good price because Timber Pirates had cut down most of the trees before the Sheriff caught them. I now have stacks of trees sitting on the ground. The stacks are about 6 feet high and about 10-15 feet wide. The trees about 20-30 feet in length.
What can I do with these downed trees???
The stacks have been on the ground about 3 years now. I am a city boy, just starting on the 'county life'. Does anyone know any of any sawmills or the like in the area? If they are not good enough to save, what else can I do? I will be doing most of the work myself, and money is definitely an issue. I am not living on the land yet. I live about 7 hours away. But I've got to start somewhere.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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I purchased 10 acres near Lake Hawkins, which is about 90 miles east of Dallas, Texas. I got the land for a good price because Timber Pirates had cut down most of the trees before the Sheriff caught them. I now have stacks of trees sitting on the ground. The stacks are about 6 feet high and about 10-15 feet wide. The trees about 20-30 feet in length.
What can I do with these downed trees???
The stacks have been on the ground about 3 years now. I am a city boy, just starting on the 'county life'. Does anyone know any of any sawmills or the like in the area? If they are not good enough to save, what else can I do? I will be doing most of the work myself, and money is definitely an issue. I am not living on the land yet. I live about 7 hours away. But I've got to start somewhere.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Well there would be a number of considerations. Certainly the type of or variety of tree. Consider also they have been exposed to the elements for some time and perhaps deteriorated some what. I'd check them through for beetles and borers, maybe even termites.

The other possibility is to sell them for firewood by putting an ad in the paper. Might also ask the neighbours what could be done with them and any suggestions they may have. Check also any local foresters in the area.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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Leave it right there as an animal habitat and hedge against erosion. It will also serve as a bit of a wind/weather break for new growth.

Find out if a timber company wants it. Depending on type, condition and location, you might make a bit of money.

I wouldn't open it up to "you pick" firewood myself. You'd have to meet folks out there, etc. Maybe if the nearby residents wanted it.....


If you want to plant some fast growers or fruit or nut trees where the other trees were felled, you can contact the county or forrestry folks and get some tips or maybe even discounted seedlings to replant.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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If the downed trees are an unsightly mess, get a chain saw, splitter and a chipper. Sell it or give it away as mulch. Or just spred it over your land. In a couple of years, all you will notice is the tree stumps. And that's a time consuming and expensive project.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Different trees will last different amounts of times, and the conditions and length of being out in the open also are major factors.

Some of them may be good for construction (log walls, lumber, or use as beams), some may be worthless and useless. You'll need to take it log by log to see which are good, which aren't. Don't chip it all or chop it into firewood until you know what you have. I've seen valuable pieces of wood chipped or cut into firewood...
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