Dead standing vs. live trees
I live in south western Conn. Between Aug 2011 and Nov 2012 we've had three major storms, including two hurricanes and a freak snow blizzard that dumped 2 feet of wet snow on still fully leafed trees. The devestation was unbelievabel- roads were closed, power off for weeks at a time. The clean up was a major undertaking and storing the debris was a problem.
I accepted a lot of the stuff onto my property, and I have a huge pile of logs- about the size of a two-car garage. Plus, there there are a lot of broken trees on my own property. I rcently bought a bandsaw mill to tackle this pile of lumber. So far I've cut about 2000 bf of wood and there is at least 10x more there.
The bottom line is that even 2+ year old dead logs yields beautiful wood. Yes, there are cracks where the trees broke, but they can be cut out. There is some rot from ground contact, but again- it can be cut out. There is a lot of good lumber to be gotten from dead trees.