How to handle harvesting a small stand of trees

by John Dykers

Siler City, NC – Mike Peluso’s ‘stand’ of trees is almost certainly too small to attract a commercial harvest, even clear cutting great large pine trees. The cost of bringing in the equipment to handle such a small acreage is too much. I say ‘almost’ because he might join with others adjoining and make a tract that could be harvested.

Cut treesAn independent logger might come cut for you and do so at a lower price if he could access and manage marketable timber and sawlogs. Frank Jessup 919-542-7812 or Buddy Fields 919-898-2453 could tell you.

And they could simply selectively cut down a few pine trees if you wished. Cooler weather would be nice if not planning to try to move sawlogs. I have sent some of my helpers to haul away firewood if already cut down and cut into lengths that one strong man can load onto a trailer. Access with a truck and trailer is crucial. Other folks can cut down, cut up and haul away. You have not told us if these trees are six inch diameter at the base or three feet. Firewood has to eventually get small enough to put on a fire, and dry enough (“cured”) to burn. Gets lighter when it dries and can be larger. (my firebox will accommodate a three foot piece if not too large to pick up, for example). Pine does not burn very hot or long, but make good starter firewood. Cleaning up the small branches and pine needles is a separate chore.

William B. “Ben” Baird at 919-542-5739 is your County Forest Ranger.

If you want space for a garden, plan ahead for how much sun/shade you want, depending on what you want to plant in the garden. Ask Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 the Ag Cooperative Extension Service.