Turning Archive 2005
>Is it red elm? If so it will have reddish cast to it. Red elm will stay upright and dry out after Dutch elm disease kills it much longer than white elm will stay up. It makes pretty good fire wood at this stage as well. Once it hits the ground though, it gets wet again, then starts to deteriorate.
Addy protocol: I've cut quite a few cords of the stuff for personal use.