Knock On Wood

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

This Very Solid post is about my gratitude for wood, specifically pine wood. While walking my dog I was looking at all the (now) bare trees and it dawned on me: as much as I had spewed my disdain over pine trees in the past, we would have very little green here up North in the winter if it were not for those trees I had previously spoken Ill of. That being said I was also thinking about all the lumber they provide.

While many environmentalists would have you think that cutting down any tree is bad the truth is that trees are a crop and because they are our tree population is on the rebound and growing the right direction. If you feel really sad about cutting down trees, especially for Christmas, then go to where they sell Christmas trees and purchase a Charlie Brown tree so it didn't die in vain.

I actually did do some research for this post and I found these interesting snippets:

                According to Farming Magazine:
There’s a commercial value of some sort to almost everything on a woodlot. However, the most financial gain can be found in high-value trees. These highly sought after trees can best be described as tall, straight, large in diameter, hardwood trees with no obvious defects to the stem. When successfully harvested, high-value trees can yield profitable high-grade lumber and fine veneer quality plywood.

If you are like me you figure a good "Hard wood" will take 50+ years to grow... guess again!

According to WorldTree.Eco. The record-breaking growth honor belongs to The Empress Splendor (botanical name Paulownia fortunei and P. elongata) is the fastest-growing tree in the world. A hardwood, it can grow 10-20 feet in its first year and reaches maturity within 10 years.

David A Kelly, former Pulp & Paper Technical & Operations Management at Forest Products Industry; Specialty Energy and Environment shares with us:
New Zealand needed to answer this question (what tree can we grow to replenish our tree deficit) when they realized that none of the species of prized native trees could mature at a rate that would restock their forests. They tested around 100 species from around the world, and settled on Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata). It has a maturity to usable lumber dimensions in 15 to 20 years. Over 80% of New Zealand’s plantation forests are now Monterey Pine.

I was thinking, with GREAT confidence that my home State of MN must be the largest producer of lumber in the USA... WRONG Bob! In modern times, the state of Maine remains the top producer of white pine lumber in the United States. It is estimated that logging contributes more than $600 million to the state's economy every year. Who knew (except possibly Roy Kelley  and Bob Crane )?

This post is my 2nd weeks entry into the NOVEMBER 2022 THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE CHALLENGE
By Debe Maxwell, CRS 

 

Posted by

Comments (20)

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing great content Bob!!!

While many environmentalists would have you think that cutting down any tree is bad the truth is that trees are a crop and because they are our tree population is on the rebound and growing the right direction. 

Nov 06, 2022 03:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Sham Reddy CRS .From my first thought about making this post to getting the job done took more research then I expected.

Nov 06, 2022 03:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing this interesting post.

For some reason, you made me recall the times of selecting the wood for projects in my shop class in high school. 

Nov 06, 2022 03:45 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I remember that as well (only because you mentioned it) Roy Kelley . I LOVED shop class, especially wood shop.

Nov 06, 2022 04:03 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much about the different types of wood but I remember as a kid having to help my parents get firewood and not really enjoying that experience much, haha.

Nov 07, 2022 04:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The challenge did suggest we get creative about our gratitude posts, Bob... and this certainly met that standard. And as I do just about every day in the Rain I learned something new from your post this morning.

Nov 07, 2022 04:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Sometimes the things we often overlook have the greatest impact when we ponder. Knock on wood as you enjoy your day.

Nov 07, 2022 04:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I am very grateful for trees! We've got years of firewood cut, my husband uses downed trees to build tables and other items, and we've given trees away to a local veterans group who provides vets with free firewood.  Great stuff!

Nov 07, 2022 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Brian England I think my first experience with firewood came about after we moved into a home with a wood burning fireplace. I was about 15 and Dad had me out chopping wood. I quickly noticed my biceps growing so I chopped as often as I could... BIG guns draw girls at that age. 😁

Nov 07, 2022 05:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Nina Hollander, Broker I take that as high praise that you find me creative and also that you learned something from me. Have a wonderful day Doll, you have made mine and it's only 7:30AM 👫

Nov 07, 2022 05:30 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is so true Wayne Martin . My first thought involving pine trees was not as a Gratitude post but the more I thought about the subject it was a clear choice for being grateful.

Nov 07, 2022 05:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I love fireplaces and burning wood Kat Palmiotti . From the first day you showed us your new home I was so jealous! 😊

Nov 07, 2022 05:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob and thank you for the great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Nov 07, 2022 08:14 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

I grew up a few miles from the Penn State Forestry campus, those people could smell and taste wood and tell you what it was.  Never really had a desire to taste wood!

Nov 07, 2022 04:53 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You are welcome Will Hamm making the post was educational to me as well. I am glad I did the research.

Nov 07, 2022 07:08 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Even though I worked in a lumberyard a life time ago I don't think I ever tasted wood Dick Betts and like you I have never had the desire to chew on a stick of pine

Nov 07, 2022 07:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

In the last days of the Caldor fire here in California, I took a drive up Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe.  I was taken by the number of trees that had burned.  And, I was surprised by the number of trees still standing.  And, what amazed me most, was the number of trees that had been logged because of the fire, that would go on to become part of homes, and other wooden products we use in everyday life.

Nov 07, 2022 07:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 07, 2022 07:36 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am a fan of the winter green that we enjoy from pine trees also.

As you will notice there is a White Pine tree (same specie as in your photo) in the center of all of our companies' logos.

Nov 09, 2022 08:23 AM
Bob Crane

One fun fact to add, Mn does not produce that much lumber, close to half of the state is prairie, and the forested parts produce mostly pulpwood trees especially in the North.

Nov 09, 2022 08:27 AM
Bob Crane

Btw, thanks for sharing the info on trees, always appreciate the support for this important resource.

Nov 09, 2022 08:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Bob! I was tallying points and noticed that you added this post to your original in the comments so, I missed it! 

Love the suggestion to get a Charlie Brown tree - very cute!

As for pine - I also love their green but, in our area, they grow too tall for their short roots to support them and they are often the trees guilty of property damage during storms. I'm a hardwood gal - and, as you mentioned, the straight ones are best! 

Dec 04, 2022 06:04 PM