I guess the bottom line is how much is it worth ?
Boy is that ever a loaded question. A picture would help me in many ways. How hard will it be to removed ? (power lines, buildings preventing a clean felling...) Since no one, not even me, has x-ray vision you never truly know a trees worth until it is down. It could be very nice...or it could be hollow as a sewer pipe and worthless.
If you had a buyer I am sure it would be a small mill that would want to make lumber from it. You mentioned veneer, that is a whole other ballgame and the log would have to be perfect for a veneer mill to even look at it (and if it is in a yard like I assume, they never would).
You asked the "bottom line" and worth. Since you are asking me I will give you both in my own round about way, this answer will get long but it will be thorough.
Let's start by calculating volume, the way logs are bought/sold. Each 24" x 8' log it would yield would be 200 bft (board feet). I am sure it tapers and the further you go up the smaller diameter the logs, but we will use the bottom log for this example. A hickory log in Illinois delivered to a pallet mill will fetch $.25 on a good day (a pecan is just a hickory, it has it's good points and bad. Some find it more desirable while others don't). Here is a link, there are 2 prices "stumpage"= $.12 that is bought on the stump by a logger and FOB which delivered to the mill=$.25 Illinois Forestry - Timber Blog
The rub there is you have to be a licensed timber buyer/seller to even sell to one of those places. A "logger" who could
sell to a bigger mill is not going to come to your yard and cut down one tree. Big mills do not take one tree at a time, they want them by the semi trailer load. So the market would be to a guy like me. I would pay $.25 bft delivered for an average saw log...if I really needed pecan may go as high as $.35. At $.25 that first log would be worth $50...assuming it is not full of nails/hollow. Maybe
as much as $70 for an real beauty log, delivered.
Probably not as much as you thought right ? Since you found me through eBay you might have seen pecan lumber/wood products go for quite abit of money...that is not the real world. I can link a dozen places selling pecan lumber
for $1.50 bft, that is after it has been milled and kiln dried (both take labor/experience and expensive equipment) I'm sure you could find places asking much more than that for the lumber, maybe even $3-$4 ? But it's all relative lumber is a commodity and it sells for "what the market will bear" and I see prices that just blow me away (and make me wonder if that is what they are getting, or just asking ?) If you want to make "the big bucks" hire a sawmill to come in and mill it for you. You dry it, store it and market it. Just a couple hundred buck in milling services and the lumber is yours to ask whatever you want.
Ok, away from the lumber end of this after this comment, a standing tree on your property is a LONG way from lumber in all respects. I had to bring it up because that is where many people who are not in the biz get sidetracked in pricing. They see what lumber sells for and assume that tree in their yard is worth a small fortune. They are looking at sawn/dried and graded lumber. Not all trees are created equal and some are just firewood, not lumber material.
Let's go to "harvest". Can you cut it down yourself Matt ? Or are you going to have to hire it done by a tree service ?
Marketing is next. Here is a link to find some sawmills if you get it down and it looks good Nelsonwoodworks.biz - Nation wide sawmill finder
It may take some calling, but maybe you will find a mill (?) With some calling you can get a better idea too if the local mills are buying and how much they are paying per bft. Most mills, like myself, pay for delivered logs. Can you deliver ? Or is the mill going to have to come pick it up ? I have fetched a few...but the more labor I have in doing that the more the price goes down. I just can't afford 1/2 days work/driving for a couple logs laying in someones yard.
Since it may take awhile to market you need to get the logs up off the ground and seal the ends. A minimum of 2-3 coats of exterior latex house paint would work for sealing the ends for awhile. Let it lay too long and the bugs will have at it/ it will start to decay. It will lay all winter though up north here, no problems.
I hope that helps. Basically the tree, on the ground, may be worth a couple hundred bucks to the right guy. Just gotta find that right guy
. If you have to have a tree service take it down, that would cover part
of their bill if it is a hard one to fell. Here is more reading if you are interested on why I would never cut a tree just for the lumber. There is also info there on how we figure log volume, that'll help you figure out how much "potential" lumber in in the tree. Nelsonwoodworks.biz - Have a log for sale ???
If you cannot cut it down and do find someone who is willing to for the wood (they will want the logs for their labor, you don't make anything) Be sure they have experience and are insured...I have heard horror stories about trees dropped on houses/cars and the "free" tree removal gets really expensive. Worse yet they get hurt and sue you
. (it's happened, trust me)
I tried to cover all the bases. If I missed something feel free to ask for a better explanation. And don't forget about the bigger limbs, pecan makes a great smoker cooking/BBQ wood.