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Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest

Species Dec 2022 Oct 2022 Aug 2022 June 2022 March 2022
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch $415-$525/MBF $415-$540/MBF $450-$555/MBF $450-$555/MBF $450 - $525/MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock $420-$480 $420-$525 $440-$525 $440-$490 $440 - $490
Ponderosa Pine $330 (6-7") - $450 (12"+) $375 (6-7") - $430 (8"+) $350 (6-7") - $450 (8"+) $275 (6-7") - $475 (8"+) $350 (6-7) - $475 (8+)
Lodgepole Pine $400-$500 $420-$500 $450-$500 $420-$490 $420 - $500
Western White Pine $390-$450 $350-$415 $390-$440 $390-$475 $390 - $475
Western Redcedar $1,500-$1,600 $1,000-$1,200 $1,100-$1,350 $1,200-$1,700 $1,200 - $1,650
Cedar Poles* *$2,300* *$2,200* *$2,200* *$2,200* *$2,200*
Tonwood $50/ton +/- $50/ton +/- $50/ton +/- $50/ton +/- $50/ton +/-
Pulp $20-$25/ton $20-$30/ton +/- $27-45/ton $27-45/ton +/- $25/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 December 5, 2022.

About Current Log Prices

Log prices for most species have been fairly steady over the last few months, with the exception of ponderosa pine and western redcedar. Prices for both of these species have been trending downward. Lower ponderosa prices this time of year is fairly common as sawmill inventories generally runs high in the fall due to an ample supply and limited markets. Regarding cedar, lumber prices have significantly fallen since the last report, which in turn, weakened demand and prices for logs. Most log buyers are predicting little change in the market as we move into winter.

Mike Wolcott, ACF, Certified Forester