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Timber Supply and Demand Trends Confirmed by New FIA Data

Timber Supply and Demand Trends Confirmed by New FIA Data | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it
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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China demand fuels illegal logging, report says

China demand fuels illegal logging, report says | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it
The preservation of the world's forests 'is in China's hands', a top environmental campaign group said Thursday, accusing the biggest wood importer and consumer of fuelling the illegal timber trade.
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West Coast log exports up, lumber exports down - Portland Business Journal

West Coast log exports up, lumber exports down - Portland Business Journal | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it

It was a mixed quarter for West Coast timber exports.

Log exports from Oregon, California, Washington and Alaska increased by 9 percent in the third quarter to 412 million board feet valued at $512 million, up 12.5 percent from the previous quarter. Lumber exports, however, declined 8 percent to 186 million board feet valued at $133 million, down about 10 percent.

China continues to be the largest consumer of West Coast timber, accounting for 62 percent of exported products, .

“China increased its importation of West coast logs to over 257 million board feet, an increase of 30 percent from the second quarter of this year," said Xiaoping Zhou a research economist with the U.S. Forest Services' Pacific Northwest Research Station.

The drop in West Coast softwood lumber is due to increased imports to China from British Columbia.

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High demand and lax rules put China at center of world’s illegal timber trade, group says

High demand and lax rules put China at center of world’s illegal timber trade, group says | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it
BEIJING — Voracious demand for wood to feed factories for exports and satisfy wealthier consumers at home has turned China into a magnet for the illegal timber trade, causing other countries to strip their forests as Beijing does little to...
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EU To Shut Out Nigeria From Its Timber Market In 2013 - Official | Leadership Newspapers

EU To Shut Out Nigeria From Its Timber Market In 2013 - Official | Leadership Newspapers | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it
The European Union will no longer allow timber products from Nigeria into the its markets as from March 2013, according to a Nigerian official.
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Lumber industry rebounding, but still below pre-housing bust levels

While the north state's forest products industry is rebounding from the construction depression, production levels are still below where they were before the housing bust.
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Looking for solutions for the timber industry - ABC New England North West NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Looking for solutions for the timber industry - ABC New England North West NSW - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it

Work is continuing to secure the future of the local timber industry.

At the recent Tamworth Community Cabinet meeting a family friend of a Gunnedah owned mill stood up to ask the Environment minister Robyn Parker a question, he wanted to know if the NSW Government would be opening up more viable timber to the industry as had been promised.

About two weeks ago the Tamworth Regional Council wrote to the Minister asking the same question.

The Nationals MP for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson has also been looking into the issue,

"Back in 2005 some 350,000 hectares of state forest was transferred to community conservation areas, what that did was drastically reduce the amount of timber for that industry, and we are now in a situation where those sizeable logs for Gunnedah Timbers are running out and we have been working with the Department of Primary Industries, and Environment and Heritage to try and find a solution.

"It's going to need an Act of Parliament to get those community conservation areas changed back to state forest (state wide) ..

Mr Anderson said there is a short term solution that is being worked on,

"State Forest has agreed to allow the Gunnedah company access to larger logs, but there is a problem with the EPA because it has found a striped wallaby in there ... "

He said stage two is to look at a larger solution,

"Which is the land swap 18,000 hectares of community conservation area for 70,000 hectares of state forest, if we can do that land swap, then that allows the Pauls to have larger logs.

"On top of that we have got the National Resources Commission to look at holding an independent study, to see what the benefit was of locking it up, how it is tracking now and whether there is the potential for a viable logging industry."

He said he is hoping the study will be approved in a few weeks and then completed by March or April next year.

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Russian log exports not yet running on schedule

Russian log exports not yet running on schedule | Timber & Lumber | Scoop.it
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