Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest


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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesMarch 2019January 2019October 2018April 2018December 2017
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$375 - $430/MBF$380- $460/MBF$380-$500/MBF$445-$530/MBF$400-$470/ MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$375 - $430$380 - $430$380-$450$410- $520$400-$450
Ponderosa Pine$350 (6-7”) - $375 (12”+)$350 (6-7”) - $375 (12”+)$350 (6-7) - $375 (12+)$350 (6-7")- $395 (12"+)$325 (6-7")- $370 (12"+)
Lodgepole Pine$380 - $430$380 - $430$380-$450$380- $520$375- $450
Western White Pine$390 - $420$390 - $420$390-$420$390- $420$390- $420
Western Redcedar$800 - $900$800 - $900$900-$1,050$1,000- $1,300$1,050-$1,250
Cedar Poles**$1,700**$1,700**$1,500**$1,600**$1,600*
Tonwood$52/ton +/-$54/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton +/-
Pulp$25 - $40/ton$25 - $40/ton$25-$40/ton$28- $40/ton$25- $40/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 April 11, 2019.

About Current Log Prices

For the most part sawmills are carrying very high log inventories in our area and have curtailed accepting deliveries. Consequently, the surplus of logs, combined with a weak lumber market, has forced prices downward. Looking down the road, it is anticipated that prices will tick upward coming out of spring break-up, but it is unlikely the market will be as strong as 2018.

—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.