I have 2 stands of scotch pines that I've been looking to have removed to makes space for deciduous plantings. The only possibilities that ive been able to come up with is to have someone come in and pulp them. Is this a feasible option for someone with only maybe 10-20 acres to be done? If you know a better solution or know someone who does pulping on a smaller scale please let me know.
Great question. These are perhaps old and forgotten Christmas tree plantations, windbreaks, or general conifer plantings. Common in many areas. The economics of harvesting for low grade wood, like pulp, often necessitate that the harvest have sufficient volume to offset the costs of moving and setting up equipment. Unless there is some unusual value in your trees or unusual circumstance for a local logger, I doubt you will be able to sell or give away the trees as pulp or other low-grade.
Here are some options to consider, some or all may apply:
Good luck....hopefully you can report back on your strategy. Feel free to include a picture of the stand so others can see what you are working with. I believe you can upload a picture within the forum question response window.
John and Peter: In my area of the US ( SD, MN, NE, IA) trees are being chipped and sent to mills where they are used for making various wood products and/or for fuel for the mill to use to operate. I also know they are being used for animal/livestock bedding or for the conversion to ethanol or for use in power plants to generate electricity. I think those would be some of the avenues I would look into for use of the Scotch pine resource.