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Log Prices in North Idaho and the Inland Northwest

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 28, 2023.

Species Dec 2023 Oct 2023 Aug 2023 June 2023 Feb 2023 Dec 2022
Douglas-Fir/Western Larch
$430-$575/MBF
$430-$650/MBF
$430-$650/MBF
$415-$540/MBF
$450 - $555/MBF
$450-$555/MBF
Grand Fir/Western Hemlock
$380-$520
$440-$550
$440-$550
$420-$525
$420-$525
$420-$525
Ponderosa Pine
$375 (6-7") - $410 (8"+)
$375 (6-7") - $415 (8"+)
$450 (6-7") - $530 (8"+)
$330 (6-7") - $430 (8"+)
$350 (6-7") - $450 (8"+)
$275 (6-7) - $475 (8+)
Lodgepole Pine
$420-$515
$420-$560
$420-$560
$420-$560
$450-$500
$420 - $490
Western White Pine
$350-$515
$390-$415
$390-$415
$350-$415
$390-$440
$390 - $475
Western Redcedar
$950-$1,275
$950-$1,100
$1,100-$1,050
$1,000-$1,200
$1,200 - $1,700
$1,200 - $1,700
Cedar Poles*
*$1,900*
*$1,900*
*$2,200*
*$2,200*
*$2,200*
*$2,200*
Tonwood
$55/ton +/-
$60/ton +/-
$55/ton +/-
$50/ton +/-
$50/ton +/-
$50/ton +/-
Pulp
$18-$32/ton +/-
$35-$50/ton +/-
$35-$55/ton +/-
$20-$30/ton
$27-$45/ton +/-
$27-$45/ton +/-

About Current Log Prices

Sawmills are generally carrying high log inventories and have little incentive to adjust prices.  On the bright side, lumber futures have been trending higher over the last month, which if holds, will hopefully bode well for improved log prices in the future.  However, as has been mentioned here before, the primary driver influencing our regional log prices is the size of sawmill log inventories, with lumber prices mostly having a secondary impact.  Consequently, how our weather develops over the next few months will affect log deliveries and prices.

 

Another item to note is sawmills are often paying slightly less for charred logs related to forest fires.

 

 

Mike Wolcott, ACF, Certified Forester

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