Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest

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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesDecember 2017October 2017September 2017June 2017April 2017
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$400-$470/ MBF$400-$470/ MBF$400- $470/MBF$400-$450/MBF$375 -$430/MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$400-$450$400-$450$400- $450$390-$430$350 -$415
Ponderosa Pine$325 (6-7")- $370 (12"+)$330 (6-7")- $370 (12"+)$330 (6-7")-$370 (12"+)$370(6-7)- $380 (12+)$325 (6-7) - $370 (12"+)
Lodgepole Pine$375- $450$375- $450$375- $450$375-$420$350 -$415
Western White Pine$390- $420$390- $420$390- $420$390- $420$390 -$420
Western Redcedar$1,050-$1,250$1,100- $1,300$1,100- $1,300$1,050- $1,500$850 -$1400
Cedar Poles**$1,600**$1,600**$1,600**$1,600*$1,600*
Tonwood$50/ton +/-$50/ton+/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$48/ton
Pulp$25- $40/ton$28-$40/ton$28- $40/ton$24- $36/ton$48/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 January 10, 2018.

About Current Log Prices

Prices for most species have been somewhat stagnate since last spring. Cedar prices enjoyed a significantly run-up earlier, but have recently softened. Mill inventories are generally in fair condition for this time of year, so it is unlikely prices will significantly change in the foreseeable future.

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.