Working Forests 101: The Importance of Working Forests in the US

Posted by Hannah Jefferies

Earlier this week, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a Working Forests 101 panel to present findings from two Forest2Market reports that were commissioned by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO). The House of Representatives Working Forest Caucus organized the panel to educate Congressional staffers on the operational practices, public-private interfaces, and benefits of working forests— forests that are actively-managed to produce forest products. The Working Forest Caucus is a bipartisan forum to discuss government policies that promote and preserve working forests in the United States.

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Topics: working forests

NAFO Releases Forest2Market Report on Inventories, Removals on Privately-Owned Timberlands

Posted by Hannah Jefferies

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) recently contracted Forest2Market to study trends in inventories and removals on privately-owned[1] timberlands[2] in forested areas of the contiguous United States to determine whether more wood is growing on US timberlands than is harvested. 

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Topics: forest industry news, forest industry trends, privately-owned timberlands, forest inventories, forest removals

Mid-Year Report: PNW Forest Industry Performance and 2H2016 Developments

Posted by Greg Frohn

As we head into the throes of summer, we’ve enjoyed a much cooler and wetter weather cycle than this time last year, particularly here in the Inland region of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). But with the hot temperatures of wildfire season on the horizon, it’s a good time to reflect on industry developments in the region during the first half of 2016.

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Topics: forest industry news, forest industry trends, PNW forest industry

New USDA Data Explores Values, Trends of Family Forest Owners

Posted by John Greene

The millions of forestland owners across America—from institutional investors to small families and individuals—maintain their ownership in these lands for a variety of reasons. For example, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) generally focus on acquiring vast acreages of forestland and operate with the philosophy of generating annual income through the sale of both land and timber. Similar to REITs, Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) also generally acquire large tracts of forestland, but operate with a philosophy of generating long-term investment income; the primary focus is on a financial gain that is realized at the time the land and timber are sold, which could be years or decades. Federal and state government agencies also own large tracts of forestland throughout the country, which are primarily maintained for timber harvesting, recreation and the preservation of wildlife. 

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Topics: forest sustainability, forest ownership, forest management, family forest owners

Accurately Measuring Forest Sustainability

Posted by John Greene

The biological sustainability of a forest can accurately be measured via two primary methods. The first method seeks to measure the volume of forest inventory; analyzing inventory changes over time is an effective way to gauge the balance of growth and removals in a specific geographic area. In this scenario, inventory increases indicate that biological tree growth outpaces removals, and inventory decreases indicate that removals outpace tree growth.

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Topics: forest sustainability, wood fiber supply

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