Timber Supply and Demand Trends Confirmed by New FIA Data

Posted by Daniel Stuber

Since 2006, when market prices for pine sawtimber started to soften, the amount of timber harvested has decreased. Timberland owners adjusted their harvest schedules longer rotations with more second thinning regimes. This change has led to an accumulation of sawtimber in forests in the US South, and this in turn has led to the number of acres being regenerated dropping precipitously.

New data from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis group confirms these timber supply and demand trends. Based on the 2013 measurement cycle, the inventory of sawtimber has increased 3.2 percent annually since 2007, or 21 percent. Pine pulpwood inventory has also increased, though by less than half as much as sawtimber; since 2007, inventory in the pine pulpwood category has increased by 9 percent or 1.4 percent annually. This new data suggests that much of what we have heard about forest resources being under significant stress should be questioned.

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Topics: timber supply and demand

SYP KD Timbers Market: 2011-June 2014

Posted by Suz-Anne Kinney

Mill2Market's weekly lumber price report now contains current and historical pricing for southern yellow pine kiln-dried timbers.

Prices for southern yellow pine kiln-dried timbers have remained relatively consistent year-over-year for the first half of both 2013 and 2014. Prices in both of these years have been significantly higher than they were in 2011 and 2012, however.

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Topics: Timbers

Forestry-Related Industry Performance: October 2014

Posted by Suz-Anne Kinney

Forestry-related industry performance was mixed in September and October, with wood products falling or stagnant and paper products expanding slightly. 

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Topics: forest industry performance

Timber Prices: Know the Value of your Timber Prior to Timber Harvest

Posted by Joe Clark

Once a timber inventory has been completed and total volume by product has been determined, the value of the timber can then be estimated. This is an essential preparatory step prior to selling your timber as it helps ensure you will get market value for your timber.

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Topics: timber harvests, timber prices

Why Fuel Escalators Harm Wood Supply Agreements

Posted by Stan Parton

During periods of even mild fluctuations in diesel prices, the cash flows of both buyers and sellers can be affected. Wood supply agreements that include adjustments for diesel can incorrectly reflect the delivered price for biomass feedstock.

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Topics: wood supply agreement

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