Tree Talk Articles

Fall 2022

August 2022

Log buyers continue to be nervous about a lumber demand slow down and lumber prices for certain species, particularly cedar, have fallen significantly over the last few months. On the other hand, low log inventories at some mills are driving the market, and maintaining or increasing prices for select species. Log prices are not expected… Read More »

Spring 2022

June 2022

As lumber prices have been working on a downward trend, so have sawmill log inventories due to the extensive wet weather we are experiencing. To encourage log deliveries a few mills have marginally increased prices, but for the most part, prices have held steady. With all the economic turmoil, log purchasers are concerned about markets… Read More »

March 2022

  Well, it’s the time of year when weather, and, to a lesser extent, lumber prices, heavily impact log prices.  Since log hauling is restricted because of wet or freeze/thaw spring weather, prices will likely trend higher when hauling does resume.  All factors considered, the early part of the logging season is looking favorable for… Read More »

Fall 2021

December 2021

Lumber is making another run to higher ground and currently sits around $1,100/Mbf.  Just a few months ago it was hovering around $500/Mbf. Again, the old adage of supply and demand is at play.  When lumber prices fell demand picked up as more do-it-yourselfers entered the market and wholesale yards added inventory.  Then the lumber… Read More »

October 2021

  In spite of the roller-coaster lumber market over the last six months, most log prices have only experienced modest adjustments.  Sawmill inventories are now building following the wildfire season slow down.  Regarding wildfires, substantial burned timber deliveries to mills are anticipated, which will inhibit log prices from moving higher.   Mike Wolcott, ACF, Certified… Read More »

August 2021

Lumber prices have finally returned to earth (about 70% lower than at their peak earlier this year), which certainly is a good sign for folks building a home or doing remodeling projects.  However, as we have discussed here previously, there is somewhat of a disconnect between lumber prices and what the local mills are paying… Read More »

July 2021

Lumber prices have finally returned to earth, which certainly is a good sign for folks building a home or doing remodeling projects.  However, as we have discussed here previously, there is somewhat of a disconnect between lumber prices and what the local mills are paying for logs.  Log yard inventory is the main factor that… Read More »

Spring 2021

June 2021

It’s been interesting watching the lumber/housing price world getting such big attention in the media.  I only wish we had sky-high log prices to also bring the limelight to forest landowners.  But no such luck.  With the continuing great logging weather, sawmills’ log inventories remain ample.  Cedar competition has increased over the last few months;… Read More »

April 2021

There seems to be no ceiling as lumber prices continue to skyrocket upward.  High lumber prices are being fueled by pent-up demand, and the sawmills are struggling to keep pace.  Frustratingly for timber owners, log prices have not tracked with these crazy lumber prices.  Again, supply and demand play a key role.  In many areas… Read More »

February 2021

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… Read More »

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