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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2017, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Timber Cut - SE PA

Looking to do a small timber cut on my property near the Berks / Lehigh county line in southeast PA within the next few months. Only about 30 trees or so. Mix of oak, ash and poplar. Mostly medium sized trees with some larger ones mixed in. Looking for suggestions on who to hire to do the work. Suggestions? Go...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 05:23 PM
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Maybe talk to the state forester for your county? My guess is you'll have trouble getting interest for so few trees.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 08:59 PM
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I'd check for a local tree service, I doubt a commercial logger would be interested in so few trees
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 08:45 AM
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That's going to be a problem. There's not enough money in 30 medium sized trees to pay for moving the necessary equipment. You may be able to hire a logger, and hope a neighbor has an appropriate tractor.
If you see advertisements for a local firewood seller they may be able to take on the project if you open it up to more trees being cut.
Which brings up around to what your goal is. I'm under a timber contract on my land. My initial motivation was to deal with the ash. Then the project naturally expanded to include most of the soft maple and the oak that had reached economic maturity. Along with the timber we are cutting just as many cull (trees that have no timber value and are competing with higher quality trees.
If you are doing this as a habitat improvement project with the timber providing some of the financing you could probably sell many more trees to the firewood processor. They would be able to separate the timber grade trees. By the way, the aspen isn't worth much as timber or firewood.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 04:27 PM
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One of my best friends and hunting partners is a retired professional forester; here's what he said FWIW:

I suggest he contact the Bur. of Forestry office, the William Penn Forest District. Best to go on line for the phone number. Depends on access and terrain. Down there probably ok. His description of medium and a few large trees doesn't mean much. If they are straight 20" trees, they may make a couple of loads of logs and a few dollars.
Just so he understands, the state forester can't market it for him, but should give him some ideas, including possibly leaving it alone.
My gut says he should be able to sell it.
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To help the discussion it would be good to know how many acres the trees are on. Is there an existing logging road system for access. In general, how good is the access to the trees. Medium size trees is clearly a beauty in the eye of the beholder term. what is the DBH (diameter at breast height). How many feet is the trunk before you no longer have two clear sides.
If the 30 trees are spread over 20 or more acres they may have been field grown, meaning they will have fairly short main trunks before large branches start. Obviously that significantly reduces the timber volume. By the way, the oaks that I have with those characteristics are being saved anyway. Their huge crowns produce a ton of acorns in good years.
I certainly agree with getting a professional to assess the trees, and forested acres in general. Any landowners should understand their woodland, which includes current timber value, and management approaches to ensure future timber value.
I used the tours of several private and state foresters on my land to acquire knowledge.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 07:42 PM
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If you have a use for the lumber you might consider hiring a portable sawmiller.
There are several lists of millers on the net.
Depending on the logs you might cover the cost of felling timber and sell lumber
at a profit.
Good luck.
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