I responded to a freecycle ad for a downed oak tree. While I was at the woman's house checking that out, I noticed a big black locust across the street that was marked for removal. She said that the tree crew was coming soon, and she'd see if they would leave the wood - double score! Monday they come and take down all but about 15' of trunk, and leave the stuff they don't chip in 4-6' lengths. So I grab one truckload of the stuff I can lift, and this morning before work I zipped by to cut another truckload (probably about 4 total in the tree) because I'm worried Asplundh or the county will come back for the wood anyway. After 5 minutes the woman comes out and apologizes, turns out the neighbor whose house the tree is in front of actually thinks he wants the wood. So I pack up and leave. This afternoon she emails me, Asplundh has returned, cut down the rest of the tree, and removed all the wood. :blank: Just like that, a cord of locust slips through my grasp... This is actually the second locust I lost, as another guy I got some from last year had one in his backyard marked for removal that I had dibs on, but the tree crew took all that wood also. I'll still get her oak tree, but this is going to drive me nuts for a while. Scrounging is getting a lot more competitive in DC; a cut-up hemlock posted to craigslist on saturday afternoon was completely gone by sunday noon. Used to be I had no competition at all for softwoods. As I was talking to the woman this morning some guy in a pickup drove by and wanted the locust I was cutting! Hopefully as it warms up the bulk of the scroungers will lose interest, as they have always done in the past.