Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest


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Inland Northwest Log Prices

SpeciesNovember 2016September 2016June 2016April 2016March 2016
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch$ 375 - $ 440 /MBF$380 - $470$390 - $460/MBF$390 - $460/MBF $375 - $455 /MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock$ 350 - $ 405$350 - $455$380 - $450$380 - $450 $350 - $450
Ponderosa Pine$ 325 (6-7") - $ 370 (12"+)6-7$360 (6-7$330 (6-7) - $360 (12$330 (6-7") - $340 (12"+)
Lodgepole Pine$ 350 - $ 405$350 - $445$380 - $450$380 - $450 $350 - $390
Western White Pine$ 390 - $ 420$390 - $420$390 - $420$390 - $420$390 - $420
Western Redcedar$ 850 - $ 1,400$850 - $1,400$800 - $1,140$850 - $1,150$850 - $1,100
Cedar Poles*$ 1,600.00*$1,500 *$1,400*$1,300 *$1,300*
Tonwood$ 48 /ton+/-$48/ton +/-$48/ton +/-$50/ton+/-$50 /ton+/-
Pulp$ 24 - $ 32 /ton$25 - $35/ton$28 -$40/Ton$28 - $40/ton$28 - $ 34/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. November 2016 information as of November 8, 2016.

About Current Log Prices

Due to high log inventories, many sawmills lowered prices in early October. However, the recent extremely wet weather slowed deliveries, and if the rain continues, mills will be looking to increase log purchases, and will likely move prices modestly upward. As has been the case all year, cedar is the exception, with prices remaining at all-time highs.

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.