I'm thinking about building a community tree farm with a /t tp access point. Nothing fancy, no withers or magic tree-eating machines, just a big field of all the various trees, sorted by species, where you can warp in and cut as much of whatever kind of wood you want. There will be signs all over about how you MUST REPLANT and I hope they are respected. This works well on other servers, and would be a big time saver for people who needed a particular kind of wood right now.
First, do we already have one? I asked around and drew a blank.
Trees will regrow better if the chunks are often loaded, so perhaps it should be near a populated area. I am taking suggestions on this. It should be already flat, which means, up in the air or on water. At one place one guy built one of glass and floated it right above spawn, where it was ugly as anything; the admins eventually moved it, to preserve everyone's sanity. The upside was, the chunks were always loaded. :P
Hostile mobs are a big nuisance in a tree farm, so I am proposing to pave the entire area with a non-mob-friendly block. Glass works, and I've seen this done, but it gets broken a lot by accident and it's a big maintenance chore to keep it up. If it's up in the air people fall through the resultant hole when a block gets broken. People will not always repair damage they cause. Slabs might be better, being much cheaper and harder to damage. This would result in blocks of dirt poking up a half-block above the paved area for trees to grow on, but since we have a plugin that eliminates the necessity of cutting all the way up that might not be very inconvenient. Other ideas?
Also, the area should be well lit. I am intending to use jack-o-lanterns, which are cheap and give a lot of light.
Materials and workers will be solicited for this project when it gets going. I'm perfectly OK with doing it all myself, but that will take a while if we do it that way. I want to make it pretty big.