February 2013


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In This Issue
Housing Market Update
Southern Pine Lumber
Industry Performance
Northern Spotted Owl
PNW Log Prices
Forest Resources
F2M News
Market2Mill Expands
Top 3 Stories from the January Issue


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Housing Market Update - December 2012      


By Suz-Anne Kinney


Home sales were down across the board in December, with new, existing and pending home sales falling 7.3%, 1.0% and 4.3% respectively (Table 2). On an annual basis, however, the statistics all point to a recovery in the housing market. This recovery is likely to gain speed in 2013 because rising home prices and interest rates are sending a strong "buy now" message to those on the sidelines.  

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Southern Yellow Pine Composite Lumber Price - December 2012
By Matt Perkowski


According to Mill2Market, Forest2Market's lumber market report, southern pine lumber prices increased by 6 percent during the month of December.   



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Forestry-Related Industry Performance-December 2012     

By Suz-Anne Kinney

The manufacturing sector flipped from contraction to expansion in December, whereas the service sector expanded for the 36th consecutive month.Both finished 2012 above the breakeven line of 50%, indicating their expansion.


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Northern Spotted Owl's Critical Habitat Designation Update
By LeAndra Spicer  

Last March, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) set forth a proposal to extend the designated critical habitat of the northern spotted owl to private forestland for the first time. In her piece about the initial proposal, Forest2Market's Suzanne Hearn urged the federal government to strike a balance among species conservation, healthy forestlands and support for rural economies when finalizing critical habitat designations. Fortunately, it appears the USFWS did just that.  


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Pacific Northwest Log Prices to Rise in 1Q2013
By Gordon Culbertson   

Northwest log prices will rise throughout 1Q2013; Forest2Market projects the price of Douglas fir will average $625 per MBF by the end of the quarter, a high not seen since 2007.  


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Forest Resources: Trends & Projections
By LeAndra Spicer   

In a recently released report on the Future of America's Forests and Rangelands, the United States Forest Service (USFS) noted a number of forestland changes expected over the next 50 years.  


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Forest2Market News
By Suz-Anne Kinney   

Forest2Market has been on the move this month, both literally and figuratively.  


First, we have outgrown our space. We moved to Ballantyne in December of 2009, and now 3 years and 1 month later, we've moved across the office park to a larger office. Our new address is 15720 John J Delaney Drive, Suite 550, Charlotte, NC 28277. Our phone numbers remain the same.  


We've also launched a new website. Check it out at  


Finally, we've added both export OCC prices and Sorted Office Paper (SOP) prices to our Market2Mill reports. See our press release below. And if you would like to learn more about our recovered fiber pricing products, visit our website at  

Forest2Market Adds Sorted Office Paper and OCC Export Pricing to Market2Mill Recovered Fiber Reports
By LeAndra Spicer   

Market2Mill, Forest2Market's recovered fiber price report and benchmark, is now reporting Sorted Office Paper (SOP) and Export OCC prices and market trends. In addition, prices are now being reported for the California/Nevada sub-region.  


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15720 John J Delaney Drive, Suite 550
Charlotte, NC 28277-2845
 Phone: (704) 540-1440
Fax: (704) 540-6301