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Forum topic by lonelytree posted 07-20-2013 11:46 AM 855 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2013 11:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: redwood buy sell tree

I’ve been reading posts trying to see if anyone might have already answered this question. In fact, i’m sure it’s been asked many times and i’m just not seeing it.

I’m doing a remodel and need to remove a large redwood tree. I live in the San Fran/East Bay. I’ve heard that there are people that buy these trees. I’ve asked everyone I know from aborists, lumber store owners and even gardners…but can not find anyone! Beginning to think it’s just an urban myth!

Any advice or contacts in bay area?

Thanks so much!!

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 12:07 PM

I’d love to see some photos. Perhaps you could give the old girl a respite and plan your remodel as to allow her to live on?

If the tree is diseased or dying, that makes harvesting the lumber far more palatable. I have read, however, that “yard trees” are less desirable from a sawyer’s perspective as they very often have inclusions of metals making the milling process more risky.

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 12:38 PM

look for saw mills and loggers. Internet search or yellow pages.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 01:42 PM

Careful, there may be municipal restrictions about tree removal.

A quick internet search find this outfit in San Francisco:

A Plus Tree Service.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 04:26 PM

Likely nobody will look at it until it’s on the ground, few people will want the responsibility of taking it down unless they are a tree service, get ready for a bill. Redwood is sellable, many people really like it; once down you’ll likely get better responses, sawyers like myself would nab the log if they could get it for a decent price but I’d doubt you’ll get enough to cover the cost of felling it. If you were a bit north (well, a few hundred miles) I’d be at your doorstep sniffing it over tho..

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