Prices for Douglas fir logs in the Pacific Northwest once again command premiums not seen since the housing boom of nearly a decade ago. Harvests, production and lumber shipments throughout the west have responded to higher prices and improved demand for wood products.
This past week in Washington was a challenging one as far as forest policy goes. The House of Representatives focused on the farm bill, and the Senate worked on an immigration reform package, but neither effort resulted in progress on issues important to forest landowners.
Manufacturing contracted in May following five months of consecutive expansion. The index fell from 50.7 to 49.0, one point below the 50.0 breakeven line. Both Wood and Paper Products saw overall growth.
Failing to LEED the Way Towards Sustainable Forestry
By LeAndra Spicer
As the green movement has taken hold over the past decade, terms such as "environmentally-friendly" and "energy-efficient" have become increasingly familiar across all aspects of the consumer marketplace. Paving the way for green building,
New Report Shows Americans Object to Forced Transition to a Paperless Society
By Suz-Anne Kinney
A new report conducted by InfoTrends for the group Consumers for Paper Options finds that Americans overwhelmingly oppose efforts by both government and private companies to force consumers away from paper and toward digital forms of communication.
On June 25, US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell addressed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources about the challenges and opportunities his agency faces to improve forest management on federal lands.