The forestry people have listings of people who have trees for sale and their customers, many of whom are small millers with portable band saw mills. I once bought all of the maple tops from a bush near Kincardine for $5 each. The Ministry of Natural Resources gave me the contact information of the land owner, but had no part in the deal that we made. The most under utilized wood in Ontario, is shag bark hickory. The stuff is super heavy and strong. They were $2 each back in 1985.
Location: Merrickville, Ontario
posted 5 years ago
I found this writeup about an old-timer who, at least until Nov. '08, was operating in your area. You may want to try tracking him down.
Dale Hodgins wrote:The most under utilized wood in Ontario, is shag bark hickory. The stuff is super heavy and strong. They were $2 each back in 1985.
Hey Dale, fancy you should mention shagbark hickory. I was just out last week hunting down one of the most northern self-perpetuating stands, just the other side of the Ottawa river. I was hoping to collect nuts to plant on my property, but I missed the main nut drop by a couple of weeks it seems. Luckily, an acquaintance got out earlier to collect them and said she'd share some with me. I am hoping to have a food source eventually, but it has not escaped my notice that hickory is an excellent wood for many applications. I guess I should banish any thought of getting rich selling it though.