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Posted on can i sell my black walnut trees?

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 02:00 AM

I don’t know about CA, but I imagine it’s not much different from here in the midwest. People with a walnut tree mistakenly think they’re sitting on a gold mine of valuable lumber. This isn’t the case.

There’s a lot of labor involved in taking a tree down and disposing of the the unusable portions. The main trunk is the only part that’s suitable for lumber. All the branches have significant stress in them from bearing all the weight. As soon as it’s cut along the length, the stress is relieved and the board turns into a banana. Even in the main trunk, there’s a lot of sapwood which is not good as lumber.

Once you’ve gone thru all the work of taking it down, it has to be taken to a sawmill to be cut into boards. Then it has to be either air dried for over a year, or taken to a kiln – more labor and cost. In short, here in the midwest you still have to pay to have the tree taken down and the sawyer gets to keep the lumber derived from it.

If you have 80 LARGE trees someone may offer some amount of money, but don’t expect to get rich.

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