Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest


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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesFebruary 2021December 2020September 2020August 2020July 2020
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$400-$540/MBF$400-$515/MBF$400- $490/MBF$400-$480/MBF$375 - $430/MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$390-$500$390-$485$375 - $460$375-$450$375 - $420
Ponderosa Pine$360 (6-7") - $455 (8+")$310 (6-7) - $425 (8+)$300 - $380$300-$375$300-$350
Lodgepole Pine$390-$480$340-$450$370 - $460$370-$450$375 - $420
Western White Pine$390-$420$390-$420$390 - $420$390-$420$360 - $375
Western Redcedar$900-$1,500$800-$1,150$800 - $1,150$800-$1,100$720 - $875
Cedar Poles**$2,100**$1,800**$1,800**$1,800**$1,700*
Tonwood$52/ton+/-$52/ton+/-$20- 34/ton$50/ton+/-$52/ton +/-
Pulp$20-$28$20-$28$50/ton +/-$20-$34$25 - $32+/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 February 16, 2021.

About Current Log Prices

The lumber market has raced to record-high territory again after retreating during last year’s fourth quarter.  Finally, the Inland Northwest market has started to respond to crazy lumber values with higher log prices.  The cedar log market is particularly competitive, with record prices being paid in some instances. On the other hand, the mixed-species log market is quite variable, depending on location, consequently, benefiting from the best log price may require a long log-hauling distance.  Lumber sellers and log buyers remain optimistic for a continued strong market this year.

 

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.