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    Planting trees for future wood

    I was curious if anyone ever plants trees solely for the purpose of using the wood (cutting them down) at a later date? Or this a taboo subject?

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    Wood pulp factorys plant trees to harvest ..
    Many forest products come from planded plots.
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    Cynthia, I don't have any data to back it up, but I suspect the vast majority of the hobbyist lumber mill guys don't plant trees with the intention of harvesting them. There are some one-man forester operations that do plant trees to replace the ones they cut, but as Paul mentioned, I think most of that is for pulp products more than lumber.

    I did see a web site a few years ago advertising shares in a "planting for lumber" operation in Central or South America. The sales pitch was to buy in now to finance the growing operation, then reap the profits (or get your own lumber stash) 10 to 20 years down the road when the wood was harvested and sold as exotic hardwood.
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    I didn't mean on a large scale, I meant, for example, plant 6 sequoias in your yard so you can cut 2 down in 7 years.......
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    Hi Cynthia
    A good friend of mine planted about 50 Paulownia trees,when he first bought his property of 15 acres, that was 15 years ago, and he is now cutting and milling them for all us hobbyists to use, lovely timber ,but of course Paulownia is one of the fastest growing trees .
    This kayak is made with his timber.
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    I had considered doing that on some family land but I was looking at 30 years from what I read to harvest walnut and cherry. If I ever move out of town, I figure I'll just find some land that's already got a mix of older hardwoods on it.

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    How long do you plan to live?
    Sounds like a very impractical idea to me.
    It has been said, if you want to leave a fortune to your grandchildren buy a plot of land and plant it with walnut trees. Then deed the property to them in your will.
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    I've heard of Walnut farms in the eastern US where the farmer is cutting the timber that his grandfather planted and he is planting for his grandchildren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian McMillan View Post
    I've heard of Walnut farms in the eastern US where the farmer is cutting the timber that his grandfather planted and he is planting for his grandchildren.
    Back in the day, My old mentor and college teacher began class one day by saying, "I'm going to tell you how to send your grandchildren to college". He went on to tell us to buy some land and plant Walnut trees. Won't be able to reap the value but your heirs will benifit. Als insisted that re-planting be included in the conditions of inheiratance.

    I have never had "land" butmy daughter does and so I have been taking walnuts, hickory nuts, and pecans into their woods and "squirreling" them
    Several have sprouted, and may someday replace the tall Ashes as the Emerald Ash Borer infestation gets closer.

    Vote me as in favor of planting trees for harvest.

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    Cynthia when I was 4 yrs old I planted a seedling that I was given in my mothers flower/ veggie garden. That was 1965. The house just came on the market this year and I went for a tour of the old place and the seedling had grown a little. I had to take a pic of me beside it as this is what 45 yrs of growth is like.
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