How much is my destroyed oak worth?

lori239(8)December 30, 2007

A developer who was clearing trees next to my property destroyed one of my red oak trees. The tree was approximately 100 years old and cannot be replaced - we are devastated. We do expect some type of compensation, but how do you put a price on an old oak tree? Does anyone know how to find out what a tree is worth and what we should ask for? Thanks very much.

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    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 1:09PM
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I will - thank you very much for letting me know!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 1:16PM
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Insurance companies might have standardized values for these sorts of things. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2008 at 5:43PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

There is an estimate of value system for trees like this, it includes a point scale for aesthetics, species, age, size, shade, location... the points are added up and a value is determined. These estimates to be valid for insurance purposes need to be prepared by a licensed arborist. Check your yellow pages... another place to check is the local park district for a reference.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 4:54PM
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ofionnachta(z6 WNJ)

If it hasn't already been chipped & trucked off, look into the woodworkers community -- if it has interesting grain it will be valuable as wood! Sometimes very valuable.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2008 at 12:18PM
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