Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest

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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesJanuary 2019October 2018April 2018December 2017October 2017
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$380-$460/MBF$380-$500/MBF$445-$530/MBF$400-$470/ MBF$400-$470/ MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$380-$430$380-$450$410- $520$400-$450$400-$450
Ponderosa Pine$350 (6-7") - $375 (12"+) $350 (6-7) - $375 (12+)$350 (6-7")- $395 (12"+)$325 (6-7")- $370 (12"+)$330 (6-7")- $370 (12"+)
Lodgepole Pine$380-$430$380-$450$380- $520$375- $450$375- $450
Western White Pine$390-$420$390-$420$390- $420$390- $420$390- $420
Western Redcedar$800-$900$900-$1,050$1,000- $1,300$1,050-$1,250$1,100- $1,300
Cedar Poles**$1,700**$1,500**$1,600**$1,600**$1,600*
Tonwood$54/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton +/-$50/ton+/-
Pulp$25-$40/ton$25-$40/ton$28- $40/ton$25- $40/ton$28-$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 February 7, 2019.

About Current Log Prices

The Inland Northwest log market is fairly fluid with numerous mills recently curtailing log purchases due to high inventories, while other companies continue to buy logs at modest prices.  Underpinning the weak log market is a lumber market in the doldrums, with prices generally running about 30% lower than the same time last year. 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 2019.

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.