Collecting Wood From Alongside the Road – How do YOU do this

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Collecting Wood From Alongside the Road – How do YOU do this

Postby stephanmoll » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:06 pm

Trees and brush have recently been cleared from underneath and next to powerlines where I live. I discovered that a large, 5 feet in diameter, sycamore tree along the road I take to work had been cut down - attractive looking wood; I’d like to have some of it. The land appears to be public, not private, but I don’t really know. For two weeks the tree has now been lying on the ground where it fell, cut into somewhat smaller, irregular, not organized pieces. It does not look like it is going to be used for commercial purposes. I am wondering: (a) whether it is legal to stop, take a chainsaw, and cut and take pieces of the tree/trunk; (b) what one needs to do, if the former approach is not legal, to find out whether one can take some of the wood, and (c) what else one needs to know when picking up wood – using a chainsaw or not –from alongside a road.

What do you do? How do you get wood that you encounter alongside the road or in forests? What is legal, what is accepted and appropriate, what is illegal?
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Re: Collecting Wood From Alongside the Road – How do YOU do

Postby normcloutier » Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:53 am

I would check in with the nearest neighbor/resident. As long as they have no problem I would cut and take away at will. The city and power companies treat this a waste, in my experience. As long as the nearest resident has been asked about it, I would take what I can. If they express any interest at all in the felled tree, I would offer to make them something from it.
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Re: Collecting Wood From Alongside the Road – How do YOU do

Postby woodwringer » Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:38 pm

That must be the tree on Fearrington Road at Falconbridge. I saw the crew cutting it down. They were clearing the power line right of way. I got some other Maple from that same site that had been cut into pieces that were small enough to pick up back in November. I don't think anyone would give you a problem if you were to get some of the wood. I've been trying to figure out how to get some large chunks without hurting myself. Maybe we could team up.

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Re: Collecting Wood From Alongside the Road – How do YOU do

Postby stephanmoll » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:58 pm

Dear Norm, dear David,
Thank you for your responses. I am always available to partner up to get wood. Just let me know. This felled tree is, indeed, along Farrington Rd in Chapel Hill.
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