My brother-in-law lives has a small creek running through his farm. There are A LOT of white oak trees that line the creek. Early this fall they had a lot of rain and the creek flooded. Some of the bank washed out and a fairly large white oak tree tipped over, roots and all, across the creek. The tree really needs to be removed or if it rains a lot again, and debris washes down the creek it will cause a serious log jamb.
The trunk is about 24" in diameter at the base and about 20" in diameter at the first major fork. This section of trunk is about 18 feet long and VERY straight.
Should we go to the trouble of pulling it out of the creek, loading it on my trailer and get it milled? Its about a 2 1/2 hour drive for me. I figure there is close to 300 bf in this log. A guy with a saw mill near me will slab it for $65/hour. He thinks it will take him less than 3 hours.
Should I go for it? Or is it more trouble than its worth?