Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest


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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesJune 2021April 2021February 2021December 2020September 2020
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$400-$585/MBF$400-$585/MBF$400-$540/MBF$400-$515/MBF$400- $490/MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$390-$500$390-$500$390-$500$390-$485$375 - $460
Ponderosa Pine$360 (6-7") - $360 (8"+)$360 (6-7") - $470 (8"+)$360 (6-7") - $455 (8+")$310 (6-7) - $425 (8+)$300 - $380
Lodgepole Pine$400-$500$400-$500$390-$480$340-$450$370 - $460
Western White Pine$390-$450$390-$450$390-$420$390-$420$390 - $420
Western Redcedar$1,500-$1,800$1,200-$1,650$900-$1,500$800-$1,150$800 - $1,150
Cedar Poles**$2,200**$2,100**$2,100**$1,800**$1,800*
Tonwood$50/ton +/-$48/ton +/-$52/ton+/-$52/ton+/-$20- 34/ton
Pulp$20-22 +/-ton$20-$29+/-ton$20-$28$20-$28$50/ton +/-

Note that these figures represent prices paid by competitive domestic facilities in the Inland Northwest, and are based on average-sized logs and standard log lengths—usually 16'6" and 33'. MBF = Thousand Boardfeet. *Pole value varies widely depending upon length. Information as of June 15, 2021.

About Current Log Prices

It’s been interesting watching the lumber/housing price world getting such big attention in the media.  I only wish we had sky-high log prices to also bring the limelight to forest landowners.  But no such luck.  With the continuing great logging weather, sawmills’ log inventories remain ample.  Cedar competition has increased over the last few months; however, it is starting to wane at the present time.  Markets for ponderosa pine have recently constricted due to an oversupply of logs.

 

A significant change in the log market is unlikely over the next few months.  Although there are a few factors to consider. On the one hand, a surplus of logs may lead selected mills to slow log deliveries, while a severe wildfire season could restrict logging and increase log demand.  Time will tell.  😊

 

Mike Wolcott, ACF, Certified Forester

This information is provided by Inland Forest Management, Inc., a forestry consulting company. For additional information, they can be contacted at 208-263-9420, IFM@inlandforest.com or www.inlandforest.com.