PNW Harvest Rates Increase in 1Q2013 on Housing Recovery and High Log Prices
By Gordon Culbertson
In 2009, during the depths of the recession, timber harvests across the West fell to levels not seen for many decades. Oregon harvests, for instance, settled to the lowest levels since the great depression of the 1930's. Owners of private timberlands responded to low log prices by deferring harvests.
1Q2013 Pulpwood Prices Remain Steady Throughout Lake States
By Peter Coutu
Finished product markets across the Lake States were somewhat mixed throughout the first quarter of 2013. Though the printing paper business experienced some economic challenges due to weak demand, the packaging side of the business continued to do well economically.
OCC Prices: 1Q2013 Results and Trends Likely to Affect 2Q2013 Results
By Al Villamil
First quarter results from Market2Mill are in, and they show that US domestic OCC prices and order volumes increased while price volatility decreased (volatility is represented on the chart by the black whiskers on the blue line).
Pellet Manufacturers Face Increasing Competition from OSB Mills
By Suz-Anne Kinney
A resurgence in OSB demand in the US, prompted by an earlier- and stronger-than-expected housing recovery, will mean stiffer competition for pulpwood, putting pellet manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage.
For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, housing starts surpassed the one million mark in March, a seven percent increase from the previous month and 46.7 percent higher than one year ago. Performance, however, was mixed. Single-family home starts were down 4.8 percent, while multi-family starts were up a whopping 26.9 percent.
Legislators Ramp Up Efforts to Address the Health of the Nation's Forests
By LeAndra Spicer
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate focused their attention on the state of the nation's forests this past month. As rural communities with economies largely dependent upon timberland felt the effects of the sequester,
Lawsuits Filed in Response to Northern Spotted Owls' Critical Habitat Designation
By LeAndra Spicer
More than two decades after the northern spotted owl was first identified as a threatened species, the lands designated as its critical habitat continue to cause legal battles. The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) recently joined together with a number of parties, including forest products manufacturers and private forest landowners, to file a lawsuit in response to the new northern spotted owl critical habitat designation.