Don't know if it will grow there as fast, but the tulip poplar is the fastest growing tree here in the mid atlantic area. I planted two about 15 years ago and the trunks at chest high are already past a foot thick, or about 3 foot circumference.
Do you use "coppicing" method? Cut the trees while young enough new shoots come and then thin to a few per trunk so they can use the existing root structure and replace the wood faster than planting or waiting for new volunteer seedlings. In England was a long standing practice for centuries. Here's one of natural selection, but I think cutting off all but 3-4 of the strongest shoots works better.
Well, now that winter is here and all foliage is down, I can more clearly see the damage. The state of Ohio was or is aggressively trying to rid of this pest that came from CHINA! Now, it impacts my little livelihood of selling firewood, I simply can't. In order to do so, I have to strip the bark and/or dispose of the bark and infested wood, etc., it becomes a whole industry of itself. I wasn't making that much on the firewood sales, but it was certainly welcomed. It was one of the few things the land could support me on and having the 2ndary purpose of clearing fence line and areas that needed it anyways. the only benefit i have now with wood is using it myself. However, since the whole woods and the surrounding area is bound to be infested, I'm sure the state will come around.
FYI- Just so you know, the Emerald Ash Borer was reportedly 1st found out by a person buying an artificial Xmas tree upon opening the box the wood part(s) were infested. The resulting investigation that pallets they were shipped on were or was part of the imported shipment. -----Willy
shipment as the source.