Of the 300 trees we had taken down, about 80% went to the pulp wood mill in Calhoun, Tenn., where it will be turned into newsprint. The species that went to pulp are hackberry, pine, cedar, yellow locust, sassafras, hickory, small poplar, gum and a few small maples.
About 15% -- mostly large poplars -- went to the sawmill for "peeler logs" which are peeled like an apples to make plywood. About 4% -- black walnut and cherry -- went to specialty sawmills where they will be used for veneer.
The last 1% will be used by me and the neighbors for firewood. We will be sawing, splitting and stacking that wood for the next two years.
I killed many trees in my 35 years in the newspaper business. I'm done now.