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Harvesting Central Illinois Pines (IL)

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From: Phil L.
charleston, IL
I have a farm that about 40yrs ago a conservation program came in and planted about 20 ac of pines. These trees are about 25-30ft tall and about 16 in in diameter. Do they have any value for harvest? Who would I contact to see about harvest? Thank you

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Phil:

Even though high-value hardwoods rule the roost here in Illinois, there is a modest market for coniferous species (log cabin logs, pulpwood, dimensional lumber, utility poles, fuelwood, mulch, etc.). Therefore, I strongly encourage you to contact a local professional consulting forester to determine the feasibility and logistics of conducting a commercial timber sale within this stand of white pine.

IL Directory of Professional Consulting Foresters:

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