I cut two cord of pine that died due mostly to the drought this last Winter. I cut down one hemlock that succumbed to gypsy moths and the drought. I found two more in the woods. I have over a dozen white oaks that flushed out about 30 or 40 % new leaves after being ravished by the gypsy moth caterpillar last year and then mysteriously the leaves turned brown in August just as they got to about full size. I was suspicious the trees had died. no leaves this year. :-( One is too close to my house and one is too close to my parent's house and two are too close to the neighbor's property on the fence line so have a tree company rep coming out at noon to give an estimate for piecing them down. Out this AM to tag and get a better count on the dead ones. No sense leaving them standing dead. This one over my driveway is gone. 60 years ago it was completely covered in wisteria. When we were kids we cut a vine at the ground and swung like Tarzan from them. There was an American Chestnut next to it at the same time. This one has always been in the middle of the front yard at my parents'. It has 50% of its leaves this year. This is sad. I like white oak to burn. This is not a good way to get it. Edit: Actually it has been 3 or 4 years of very high gypsy moth populations with the last two years so bad there was no shade for mosquitos for most of the Summer. Gonna have to get used to dousing myself in DEET again. Never thought I would look forward to that. Also have 7 0r 8 huge pine trees that are dead from some kind of pine beetle. So many bleed holes on a trunk you can't count them. The sap never makes it up the tree. I'm thinking I need to buy or hire a bandsaw mill. Before the termites have lunch.